Tolerance

Tolerance is defined as "the disposition to be patient with or indulgent to the opinions or practices of others; freedom from bigotry or undue severity in judging the conduct of others; forbearance; universality of spirit." To be tolerant is "to be inclined to tolerate the beliefs, practices, or traits of others; forbearing."

Tolerance here on earth properly is rooted in the principles of nonresistance and compassion. However, never allow tolerance to become permissiveness, a moral or ethical taint, permitting evil. Tolerance of evil is evil. Political correctness is an example of debilitating permissiveness. Forbearance is the term used in the Bible in place of tolerance.








Edna Lister on Tolerance

Give deeply of tolerance. Everyone has a place in the Father's heart, and shall bear fruit. Some souls are all of love, some all of wisdom. See to it that you balance one with the other. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 25, 1938.

Always be more tolerant in your statements and thoughts. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 25, 1938.

Constantly express tolerance (be tolerant) of all religions, points of view and ways of life, realizing that everyone is right in the place where he stands at the present time, and we are all from the same Source. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 14, 1946.

When you become pure tolerance, you no longer see less than this in the outer. – Edna Lister, Jesus' Prayer of the Ages, April 27, 1947.

When you are tolerant, you do not think or talk about becoming tolerant. One who says, "I am tolerant," is talking about it. You do not know you are tolerant, you just are. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 29, 1953.

The subconscious makes you work to learn tolerance. When you ascend into comprehension, compassion descends and you express tolerance. – Edna Lister, I Surrender, July 4, 1954.

If one talks about being tolerant, it is a sure sign that he has buried intolerance in his subconscious mind. You do not boast about being tolerant. Boasting includes a claim on a virtue and means one is chuck full of opinions and prejudices. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 11, 1955.

Buddhism cultivates tolerance through contemplation and seeking comprehension of the "all." This is not enough. To apply tolerance, you must live in the world and learn how to agree and adjust. – Edna Lister, Eightfold Path of Buddha, June 23, 1959.

Devotion to God as a Father gives you the tolerance and the ability to live with men. – Edna Lister, The Crown of Thorns, July 7, 1963.

We need tolerance. Intolerance closes off the Power for sublimation and the body sinks, for it cannot do without the rarified substance from above. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 18, 1965.

Tolerance minds its own business, covers the sins of others, and gives others the benefit of the doubt. – Edna Lister, Ancient Myths and Mysteries, May 11, 1965.

One who has become the law of tolerance comprehends the love of God and has no idea of such a thing as intolerance. If you can talk about it, you have not yet become tolerance. When you are tolerant, you never use the word. – Edna Lister, Faculties: Unfolding Full Seership and Prophecy, December 14, 1965.

The law of tolerance gives no sanction to evil. When you are tolerant, you are no longer aware of strife because you have become the law. – Edna Lister, Choice: Your Glorious Foundation, October 16, 1966.

As you work toward compassion, you become tolerant. – Edna Lister, All Healing Comes Through Beauty of Soul, May 16, 1967.

Compassion is the highest vibration of tolerance. The true criterion of tolerance is, "How am I affecting my world?" If you ask, "What is this doing to me," you are neither tolerant nor compassionate. Instead, say, "Lord, let me be Thy Light in this dark place." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 13, 1967.

Faith requires tolerance; if you see it, you lift it and otherwise ignore it. – Edna Lister, The Seven Vials of Wrath, June 23, 1970.

You live by three laws: Fidelity, which means being faithful, tolerance, which does not "see" evil, and fortitude, which means lifting all. – Edna Lister, The Blind Man at the Pool of Siloam, December 6, 1970.

The subconscious mind does not want to practice tolerance. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

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Stories That Illustrate Tolerance:

Healing the Syro-Phoenician Woman's Daughter I: [Jesus] went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid. For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter. But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.

And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs. And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed. – Mark 7:24-30.

Healing the Syro-Phoenician Woman's Daughter II: Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. – Matthew 15:21-28.

The Samaritan Woman at the Well: Then cometh [Jesus] to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? – John 4:5-27.

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New Testament on Tolerance

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling – Ephesians 4:1‑3.

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. – Colossians 3:12-13.

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Old Testament on Tolerance

By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone. – Proverbs 25:15.

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Etymology of tolerance: Latin tolerare, tolerat-, "to bear."


Tolerance is a soul virtue.


References

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).


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