This letter is late in coming. It is in response to a letter to the editor by a lady named Bethany Swenson.
Without meaning to be rude, Bethany, I totally disagree with you. Your statement that "tolerance is a defining virtue of Christianity" is ludicrous!
Tolerance as defined in the Lexicon Webster Dictionary is "the state or fact of being tolerant; toleration; the act of, or capacity to endure; endurance; med. the capacity to endure or resist the action of a drug or poison; mech. an allowable variation in the dimensions of a mechanical part. ..."
So, now, should we tolerate or be tolerant of child abuse, murder, drunk driving, torture, false religions that lead many down instead of up, (hell vs. heaven)? Should we tolerate leaders who gas and maim and torture their own people, genocide of the elderly, etc.!
Jesus himself was not tolerant; read Mark chapter 11, verse 15. Christians are not perfect. Church is for sinners, but we do have a Savior who keeps his promises and who loves us all not just those who have already accepted him as the Savior everyone. He is coming soon! Bethany, read Revelation (the King James version), the book of Daniel, Matthew 24. He is the only one who willingly gave his life so that you and I and all would have forgiveness for our sins and eternal life in a kingdom with no tears, war, famine, sickness and death (Revelation 21 and 22).
Even Saddam Hussein is welcome, but it is a choice he must make. We are not God's puppets he gives us the freedom to choose up or down. Only Jesus is the key that unlocks the door, and He is now knocking (Revelation chapter 3, verse 20). Can you hear him? I hope so, he is coming soon!
Yes, Mark Reed, the wolves are in the sheep pen but the shepherd is in control and he never sleeps on the job.
Sheryl Main, Kenai, Joshua 1:9
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