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Learn Some Hindi Words

Here are some Hindi words you can learn to say:

Yes: pronounced “hah”
No: pronounced “nuh-HEE”
Thank you: pronounced ‘DAHN-yuh-bahd”


Tolerance

A group of Christians and Hindus in the Indian state of Orissa were talking together about their beliefs. Some of the Hindus became angry and set fire to a Christian’s home. The fire spread, and 31 homes were destroyed.

“Tolerance” is showing kindness and respect to someone who has different customs or beliefs. But today many people believe that tolerance means agreeing that other beliefs are just as true as your own beliefs.

Hindus say they are tolerant because they say they believe that others’ religions are just as valid as Hinduism. In reality, many Hindus seem tolerant of others’ beliefs as long as the beliefs do not say that Hinduism is false.

Christians believe:

  • Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).
  • “There is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12, NIV).
  • A Christian should always be prepared “to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15, NIV).

Tolerance Check
Read each pair of statements below. Which statement in each pair best shows true Christian tolerance?

a. We should believe that all religions teach the truth.
b. Christian tolerance means understanding that God wants us to share the gospel with all types of people.

a. It is fine to get angry with people because they have different beliefs.
b. It is right to treat those who believe differently with kindness and respect.

a. Keep the truth to yourself so others won’t be offended.
b. Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.

a. Agree with others who have different beliefs to make friends with them.
b. Love others with different beliefs enough to share the truth about Jesus with them.

In each pair of statements above, “b” best shows true Christian tolerance.


Girl Burned in Orissa

A CBN report of a young Christian girl burned in an attack in Orissa.


India: Christians Repay Evil With Good

India

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).

Akhaya and Sudhamani are Christian farm workers in Orissa, a state in India. They have three daughters and one son. Their 10-year-old daughter, Namrata, taught the world a lesson about forgiveness when her story was in the news.

A few months ago, radical Hindus in Orissa attacked Christian families and property. When the violence began Akhaya and Sudhamani left home, a wooden shack, to hide in the forest. They sent Namrata and their other children to hide with their oldest daughter Trusita. Truista worked as a live-in housekeeper for a Christian family. Radical Hindus attacked the house. The children hid safely in a bathroom. The Hindus left, but they put a bomb in a dresser drawer on their way out.

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