Truth & Tolerance

Truth & Tolerance, what’s the difference between the two? On Friday February 26, the St John Paul II - JCC teen ministry, hosted a Zoom call with the community to help understand the topic better.

Mar 05, 2021

By Samuel Latimer
Truth & Tolerance, what’s the difference between the two? On Friday February 26, the St John Paul II - JCC teen ministry, hosted a Zoom call with the community to help understand the topic better.

The meeting started with the Stations of the Cross — a great way to begin a Friday night meeting with members of the church community in KL. Yvonne Lim, an engineer who quit her job to pursue her true passion to be a missionary, joined the youthful gathering from Kota Kinabalu, making time for us despite the stressful COVID-19 situation.We were also blessed to be joined by Fr Michael Chua and Fr Dominic Tan, who gave us some useful insight later on that evening.

As part of the session, we watched several videos portraying how time has affected the way people interpret the truth, emphasising that society is now more tolerant compared to truthful. Another interesting video presented an experiment carried out on babies in Yale University (US), which shows that babies have the ability to recognise a good action over a bad one. This was fascinating, showing that God has bestowed children with truth, even before they have any opportunities to react to the current world.

Towards the middle of the session, the group plunged into powerful discussion, all of which was accompanied by a sense of joy and hope. We discussed along the lines of our identity and who we are. Our host Yvonne asked us to choose between two statements: “I am because I do” or “I do because I am”.

Two statements that are usefulto ponder on in our free time. We also searched for Bible verses that we felt described our identity, helping us further understand ourselves, deepening the threshold of individual spiritual understanding.

Towards the end of the session, we meditated deeply as hymns played in the background, and ended with some useful insights by Fr Michael Chua. He told us that everything in creation typically comes in threes, and for it to be perfect, it has to be “good”, “beautiful”, and “true”. He also showed that society has slowly changed these three qualities of life, and that we must be careful to always return to these. The final video we watched told us that the world has misinterpreted the meaning of ‘tolerance’; its example was that Mother Teresa did not entirely agree to other faiths of the people she served, as that was not true to her, but instead ‘tolerated’ them out of love. This is what is truly meant by the term ‘truth and tolerance’.

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