“When Paul exhorted us to put on the ‘mind’ of Christ, the Greek word he used for ‘mind’ had nothing to do with cognitive skill or intellectual brainpower. To have the mind of Christ does not mean possessing the knowledge of Christ or the intellectual comprehension of Christ but the relational knowing of Christ.
Jesus cannot be separated from His teachings. Aristotle said to his disciples, ‘Follow my teachings.’ Socrates likewise said to his disciples, ‘Follow my teachings’. Buddha said to his disciples, ‘Follow my meditations.’ Confucius said to his disciples, ‘Follow my saying.’ And Muhammad said to his disciples, ‘Follow my noble pillars.’
But Jesus says to His disciples, ‘Follow Me.’
In all the religions and philosophies of the world, a follower can follow the teachings of its founder without having a relationship with its founder. But no so with Jesus Christ. The teachings of Jesus cannot be separated from Jesus Himself. Christ is still alive, and He embodies His teachings. This is what separates Him from every great teacher and moral philosopher in history.
This is not to say that other religious traditions don’t focus on a person. Buddhism can’t be imagined without Buddha. Islam can’t be imagined without Muhammad: ‘Muhammad is Allah’s Messenger.’ say the Muslim people. Judaism doesn’t so much focus on a person as on a nation – the Jewish people as a whole, and the religion they follow.
Yet in all these religions, a follower can abide by all the teachings of its founder without having a relationship with that founder. Not so with Jesus Christ.”
Leonard Sweet from his book, Jesus Manifesto; Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ along with Frank Viola
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Thanks for posting a quote from my book.
You are welcome. A very powerful book.