[quote="AtourDOMAN, post:8, topic:333879"]
Hi Fred: I found this: (don't worry Im Catholic and I use a Catholic bible but I got this from the internet.:: )
This passage from Mark 8:27-30 (NIV) looks almost anti-evangelistic:
Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”
Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.
We have to be careful not to take one scripture verse out of context. This is not an anti-evangelization command. This was before Jesus' passion, death and resurrection. The people then had a very worldly and military vision of the messiah. If He had been open about his identity at the start, they would have crowned him king and tried to get him to lead them in a military campaign against the Romans. Then he would not have been able to accomplish the mission he came for. He had to keep his identity quiet. :thumbsup:
At the end of the Gospel of Matthew, though, after his resurrection, when all was accomplished, then Jesus would say,
Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations. Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to observe all that I command you. And lo I am with you always, to the close of the age. (Mt 28:18-20)
Now, the apostles are to tell everyone, the whole world, that he is the messiah. Jesus is not against evangelization, he commands it. Just not at that particular time.