Here are a couple passages that I found a bit contradictory at first read:
““Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”” ~Matthew 12:30
““Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.”” ~Luke 9:50
The line in Matthew was brought up to me in conversation in the comment section of another blog in speaking of how Jesus called for divisiveness. I took a closer look and found the opposite to be true.
The line in Luke is one that I actually latched on to and thought was a great thought! It is Jesus speaking about someone else casting out demons much in the way Jesus was, possibly also claiming to be the messiah. That seems to be a pro-humanity message. It seems applicable in how Christians should not view other institutions that are also working a humanitarian angle as a threat.
Now back to Matthew’s more divisive line. Now, this line comes after Jesus is accused of being evil after casting out a demon. It is suggested that only someone evil could accomplish such a thing. Jesus suggests that would be evil dividing against itself, which would cause evil to collapse. He then turns to those calling him out that if the good he has done is attacked by others who aim for good, the foundations of goodness would collapse. It is not so much as divisive of a statement as it initially seems. It seems applicable in how Christians should view other institutions that are humanitarian-minded as allies and not as opponents.
I find this to be evidence that Jesus didn’t necessarily see himself as the only way to God. He allowed others separate from him but preaching a similar message to be seen in the same light as what he was doing. He also suggested that those who cast out evil must not be evil. Indirectly that allows Christians to be able to embrace other philosophies and religions that are also humanity-minded.