What does it mean to be tolerant? Growing up we are told to be tolerant of others, that we need to accept their beliefs and difference. There is an entire generation (Y or millennial) now that believes tolerance means each persons belief is equal to mine. You see that type of tolerance works for issue like race and gender, but it does not work the way for belief and ideologies. It may seem strange now to think about having to tolerate another race because comes so naturally. Each race is equal and really tolerance isn't the right word, it should be considered deserved equality. The act of tolerating is taking something that you naturally reject and building up a resistance to the effects it may have or your body or mind. This does not mean you now accept this as good or true, but merely have found a way to co-exist.
When talking about belief or religion we want to be talking about the truth. There can only be one truth, and that is fundamental to all religion. Where tolerance comes in is when we are able to co-exist with people who believe differently then we do. We do not need to accept their beliefs, but we need to accept them as humans and accept their right to believe. There is a pretty big difference, what is true for you needs to be for all.
How do you define tolerance? In your opinion is there a difference between tolerance and acceptance? Talk amongst yourselves..