“He who is not with me is against me;and he who does not gather with me scatters.”
Okay, I too prefer "He who is not against me is for me."Historically, however… He was in a situation where he needed overwhelming popular support to counter the overwhelming hostility of the political/religious authorities. Neutrality in such a situation is essentially letting the powerful crucify the weak.And those who did not gather with him? Some decades later, the Romans killed and/or enslaved everyone they caught when they took Jerusalem, sold people all over the Empire. More to the point: When the Romans took the city, various 'rebel' nationalist factions were fighting each other over control of the Temple grounds.I have found that people who know God tend to recognize their connection to one another, whether or not they agree on how best to verbally formulate what they've experienced. People who put some particular idea of God, some ideal, first– just can't seem to realize that there's only one ___ they can be talking about, that 'It' is really there, can really take care of 'Godself.'
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