I am sometimes asked, "If there are many ways to God, how do you understand Jesus' instruction to 'Go and make disciples' (Matt 28:19-20)?" When Jesus said, "Go and train everyone . . . in this way of life" (Matt 28:19), he meant, as it is correctly paraphrased here in The Message, that we are to teach people his way of life, his way of thinking and living. Jesus did not say, as most Christians have mistakenly thought, "Go and train everyone to believe in me," or worse, "Go and train others to believe as you believe." Jesus said to spread around his "way of life." The world around you will never change until the world within you does. That's the message Christians know as the good news.This quote is from The Enoch Factor: The Sacred Art of Knowing God by Steve McSwain (2010). The book "has been described as a candid memoir on how misdirected religion can become. It calls for an end to religious dogmatism and fundamentalism and the consequential crisis of faith that is driving millions to question lifelong beliefs, change religions, or abandon faith altogether."
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