Why do many christian churches teach tolerance if the subject of tolerance is not in the Holy Bible?
Why do many christian believe that tolerance is a important subject in the christian faith when there is no mention of the word TOLERANCE anywhere in the bible? Many christian are called hypocarite because they may lack tolerance. Can anyone show me where it states that if I don't show tolerance (on many issues) as a christian, then I'm a hypocrite? Many christian claim that if you're not tolerant then your not loving. So where does this idea or concept of tolerance come from in the christian faith?
The word tolerance isn't in The Bible, but the principle of tolerance is.
When the pharisees brought an adulterous woman before Jesus asking to stone her, he sent the pharisees away and said to the woman.
"Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." -John 8:11
Notice that he tolerated, but didn't justify the sin. He still told her that she needed to repent. He made it clear that what she did was wrong, but he still loved her and didn't want her to be stoned.
An important lesson can be learned from this. When people sin, you can tolerate, but not justify their sins. Remember that tolerance means you always respect the sinner, but never the sin.
snowman-I believe you have tolerance confused with grace. We must remember that her sin of adultery was paid for by Jesus death on the cross. She did not get away with the sin of adultery. Jesus paid for her sin with His life. Grace, not tolerance.
Good Question brother. I notice you were wise and used a lower case "c" as is appropriate. And of course the answer is "because they are churches of men" and not the true church of Christ as they falsely claim.
Tolerance is not a CHristian concept, exposure of sin and Grace are. Tolerance means accepting things as they are without care as to whether they are Godly or not. Scripture tells us to test ALL things to see if they be of God. And if they are not, to have nothing to do with them. And that does not mean giving our approval by not addressing the issue. We are to bring the Gospel to ALL, in a non judgemental manner, which means we apply love and grace, but not acceptane of sin or error.
IT all depends on which is more important to the individual-- pleasing God or pleasing man.
celafoe- Thank you very much for your comment. I agree with you. I believe there is a lot of confussion within the chriatian faith with regards to tolerance. There is nothing in the bible that states implies suggest or requires one to show tolerance.
Amen, actually to tolerate sin makes you a participant in it yourself and liable for the penalty thereof.
The answer to this question is not straight forward but a few factors come into play. First, Christians are taught to correct, rebuke, and admonish other Christians as form of discipline from the Lord. However, we are told to not correct or rebuke unbelievers but to let them do as they please. Here are a few passages for clarification:
1 Cor 5:9-13 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people-not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler-not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. "Purge the evil person from among you."
Rev 22:11 Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.
Prov 9:7-8 Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury. Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
Chris- Thanks for your comment. It must be said that we can rebuke christians and non-christain alike. While Jesus was 40 days in the wilderness He quoted Hebrew texts a number of times against satan who tempted Him This was a form of rebuking satan.
Right, rebuke those who tempt you but it's useless to rebuke an unbeliever who acts wickedly.
Oh really, And how many times do you think Jesus rebuked the Pharisees and Scribes. How many times did He quote Hebrew text to them. The Pharisees and Scribes were unbelievers and still Jesus rebuked them throughout His ministry.
It depends on the topic of tolerance.
Some tolerance is based on love. Cultural differences that are not sinning should not only be tolerated, but celebrated, because of love.
But if the topic is one of sin (separation from God, selfishness, self-concern), then one needs to be intolerant of the action, because of love, and tolerant of the individual.
Remember, the first law is to love your neighbor as yourself. Put their needs ahead of your own.
There are many concepts in the Bible that are not explicitly mentioned by our culture's terms for them. Tolerance (intelligent and loving), reincarnation, karma and more.
Also, the Bible has much Hidden Wisdom. The Kabbalists wrote it over 2,000 years ago and only recently made the decoding available to the general public. This is something to celebrate.
I hope this helps.
lone77star- I think there is a common err amoung christian when it come to tolerance and connecting it to acts of sin. I think tolerance is confused with grace. It's God's grace that helps us in dealing with sin within ourselves and others. Thank you
1st law is Love God.
and where pray tell, are these found in the Kingdom of God?
" Tolerance (intelligent and loving), reincarnation, karma and more."
LG- I have just deleted ALL your comments and your answer. DO NOT COMMENT on my questions or Hub's.
Tolerance is incompatible with truth.
But I have this against you, that you tolerate... - Revelation 2:20
Those who tolerate in the "church" are cowards who compromise on sin and reject the words of Jesus.
"If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." - Matthew 18:15-18
PandN- Thank you very much and I fully agree. However, the bible version (KJV and NKJV) I have read in Rev. 2:20 does not use the word tolerate in it. It uses another word in it place. What version do you have? Again thanks.
I used the ESV version. Of course you can render it to the Greek.
The ESV and the ISV both use the word tolerate in that verse. Other version use different words but mean the same thing. That verse speaks of Jezebel being allowed to teach and lead many astray in the Church. A believer will not tolerate sin.
PandN and SirDent- Thank you both for your comments. I have just obtained a copy of a ESV from a friend of mine. At some point soon I will buy a copy. This doesn't mean I will set aside the KJV and NKJV I already have. Just compare it with them.
lg- it says as he said it. it is not talking about the wife of Ahab, but the spirit of jezebel that was and is always trying to exert iself AGAINST the things of God.
Great question my friend,
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
English Standard Version (ESV)
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[a] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
That looks to me like a definition of tolerant.
looks can be deceiving, especially when one wants them to suit them selves. These verses DO NOT stand alone and must fit with the rest of scripture, esp 1 Cor. Love is NOT tolerance. tolerance is not of God but of mans deceitful heart
People will redefine words to fit their man-made doctrines.The false "gospel of love" is that tolerance is the highest form of love, but the fact is that it is the opposite. Tolerance shows "love" without holiness.
Eric- It would seem to me that if tolerance was as important as most christians seem to claim it the be, then I would think Jesus and Aposltes would have been the first to declare it's importance. And yet He and they said nothing.
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