I seek to follow Jesus' way of life, a way of unity with God, others and ourselves. I am not an admirer of organized religion's interpretation of the way of Jesus which emphasizes separation.
For me, organized Christianity is too focused on humanity's separation from God. I prefer to focus on humanity's unity with God. I believe we are all by grace are connected to God in our souls but of course we are not all aware of it. Conversion is choosing to become aware that our inner being is where the Holy Spirit abides.
The illusion of separation is our reality if we believe it. God has given our inner being the power to create any reality we choose. But if we choose to be aware that the Divine Spirit abides in us, we grow in the reality of unity with God, others and the universe. This is the beginning of discovery of our own divinity. Did not Jesus teach that we could become as he is?
The gospel of Matthew places a terrible doctrine of fiery Hell on Jesus lips about a dozen times. Without Matthew we would hardly have a mention of Hell in the New Testament. Could Matthew have been overly angry at his fellow Jews who did not follow Jesus as Messiah when he wrote around 85 A.D.? I believe he was because history shows that we get most hatefully angry at those of our own group and class when they strongly disagree with us on something very important to us.
I believe Matthew would never have written that way if he had a greater sense of unity with God, his fellow man and his own soul. Charles Spurgeon developed the same hateful attitude towards a group of Baptists in England who broke ranks with him over a doctrine he cherished. He excoriated them them and it became a black mark against his career as the Prince of English preachers.
His Calvinistic sense of separation from God and others contributed to this error, ibelieve.
This kind of thing always happens when we focus on separation instead of of our gift of unity with God. We are born connected to God in our inner self, soul. But the illusion of separation tends to spread its darkness over our hearts. But God's grace has given us each the gift of unity with Him within us. We need only choose to become conscious of God, of Christ within us and live accordingly. Then we begin to realize our own divinity. “Is it not written that you are gods?”