One of the pet words of this age is "tolerance". It is a good word, but we have tried to stretch it over too great an area of life. Too often we have applied tolerance where it does not belong.
The word "tolerant" means broad-minded, willing to put up with beliefs opposed to one's convictions, the allowance of something not wholly approved.
Tolerance, in one sense, implies the compromise of one's convictions, a yielding of ground on important issues. Hence, over-tolerance in moral issues has made us soft, flabby and devoid of conviction.
We have become tolerant about divorce; we have become tolerant about the use of alcohol and drugs; we have become tolerant about crime; we have become tolerant about not keeping the rule of law; and we have become tolerant about godlessness.
There is a manifest tolerance of broad-mindedness about morals; this is characteristics of our day. We have been sapped of our conviction and drained of our beliefs, and we are bereft of our faith.
If you to ask someone the way to New York City and he said, "Oh, just take any road you wish," you would question either his sanity or truthfulness. Nevertheless, we have somehow gotten it into our minds that "all roads lead to Heaven." People say, "Do your best", "Be honest," and, "Be sincere---and you will make it to Heaven all right."
Jesus Christ, who journeyed from Heaven to earth and back to Heaven again, knew the way better than anyone who ever lived. He said in the Bible scripture Matthew 7:13-14 - 13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
The wide gate and broad road leads to Hell (fiery lake of burning sulfur). The small gate and narrow road leads to Heaven.
What road are you on?