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Your Idea of Tolerance is Intolerant

Updated on May 19, 2012

Today's version of tolerance is that we have to accept all views. Claiming that you are right and that someone else is wrong is considered intolerant. The only people that the new tolerance will not tolerate are those, like Christians, that hold to the old view of tolerance that even when I think you are wrong I will still tolerate you.

With the new definition of tolerance, no one can be tolerant. Because with today's definition of tolerance it is considered intolerant to disagree with someone.

The Intolerance of Tolerance by Don Carson

Tolerance is Condescending

This tolerance that says that you cannot disagree with someone is not only impossible but it's also condescending. Claiming that everyone is right and there are no wrong answers is the way you would talk to a child.

Those that charge you with intolerance are just unwilling to engage in ideas. It's much easier to throw out insults and name calling than it is to consider an idea or to refute an idea.

When you are accused of intolerance

If someone calls you intolerant, ask them for a definition of "tolerance." If their definition says that you cannot believe that someone is wrong, then no one can be tolerant and they fall under their own definition.


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      Larry Wall 

      6 years ago

      Every issue, belief or ideas has extremists on both sides. They get the most attention because they make the most noise. Tolerance and Intolerance may be the wrong words. Agreeing or disagreeing might be more palatable to some. The I am right and you are wrong attitude has never work. Just like I do not accept your beliefs--with no reason why. People are quick to put up defenses, but are sometimes slow in explaining why they disagree, do not like or find that the view is intolerant.

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      @hxprof, great insights, I totally agree with you! Many Christians these days are too forceful with their evangelistic techniques and oftentimes fail to be led by the Holy Spirit.

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      6 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

      Short and sweet-well done sir. I agree with all you've said here.

      I'll add only this: not only is it considered intolerant to believe that your beliefs (particularly belief in Christ) are 'right', it is also considered arrogant.

      I want to point out that those who call Christians arrogant have a point. Most evangelicals today act irresponsibly in handling the Word of God. Most of us act in the flesh instead of understanding how to be led by the Holy Spirit (which takes time-immature Christians don't know how to be led yet) in ALL things, including how and when to share the Gospel. I see bumper stickers that say, "Turn or burn" and "Know Jesus, know peace. No Jesus, no peace". The boy who was kicked out of school for wearing a tee shirt saying, "A life without Jesus is a waste" is another example. This kind of proselytizing is nothing short of arrogance. It's not the way Christ presented the Gospel and it disses people.

      We need to be led by the Holy Spirit. It's the job of the Holy Sprit to convict nonbelivers of sin, not the job of Christians, though the Holy Spirit may use Christians in this process. Our presumptuousness is turning many against not only us, but against Christ.

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank you for this hub. I totally agree with you! I'm glad you took the time to write on an important topic!

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      6 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Thanks ercramer36!

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      Eric Cramer 

      6 years ago from Chicagoland

      Great topic!

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      6 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Thanks for stopping by Judah's Daughter!

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      Judah's Daughter 

      6 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Brilliant truth!


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