Well patience certainly isn't a strong suit of mine, tolerance on the other seems to be.<quoted text>
I agree, and I see you put a lot of passion into what you're saying here. Usually the first person who resorts to the name calling is either caught flat-footed (unawares for lack of a better word) or simply brought upon themselves a conversation and answers they find difficulty handling.
Nice point. Sometimes it is better to respectfully disagree and move on rather than be snide and cynical just kick over a hornet's nest.
I suppose I wouldn't say I am nearly as tolerant as you are. Hence, I am not "cool" with whatever people believe/practice or how they choose to hatchet an interpretation to suit said beliefs. However, I can choose to turn a blind eye to certain things providing I am not dragged into it/them.
I agree for the most part, but I'm not sure how basic my respect would be when it comes on to sorcery, witchcraft, paganism, other occult practices/rituals and accepting certain things just so we can make believe a peace. We should regonize that there is sin in this world, and while some people sin ignorantly or do so and repent, others cling to sin and many make excuses for them. We have all fallen short of the mark one way or another, and because I know my own shortcomings, I won't be hypocritical when it concerns others. I think the more honest, pure and sacred we can keep our beliefs and institutions such as marriage, business and friendship(s), the better off we would be. Allowing any and everything for the sake of not hurting someone's feelings may eventually degrade the very things we hold dear and true.
Shalom & Love;
Honestly it is a combination of several factors ranging first in my belief faith is between man and God and so long as what people are doing are legal they have a right to believe whatever they want. Second I honestly don't care that much. I have enough of my own stuff to deal with other than worrying about what people believe outside of my faith that I barely know or whose practice of that belief doesn't affect me. And the third reason, particularly within the faith, I understand there are things we may all have wrong and know God says only He can judge the heart and we are not in a position to judge who is a "true Christian" or not, even if there were such a thing
I do understand why people would feel different if they felt other religions or practices posed a temptation or a threat to what they see as a moral path. But even getting involved with the morality of others when legal is a gray area for me. At the same time the law is often wrong and has been in the past. I suppose I would say whatever someone believes so long as it remains private is their business. I think even as Christians if we are going to get out in public and use it as political currency and on the political pulpit than we open ourselves up to scrutiny. But if someone worships between themselves and God then nobody should be able to interfere.
That last paragraph probably just said what I already stated for the most part but was kind of thinking out loud. I guess I would say for the most part I think we should worry about our own journey but there are situations that call for action as the old saying goes, all it takes for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing. So while leaning one way I think there are case-by-case exceptions.