Originally posted by edmc^2
reply to post by EarthCitizen23
What do you mean by this statement?
"The Kingdom of Heaven is Within"
Your question reminds me of a man, whom co-workers knew who went to Israel in 1999 to await the return of the Messiah. When his money ran out and he
returned home, our mutual friends wanted us all to get together and talk,, as they knew my beliefs,, and They are Christian, as their friend.
We all got together and discussed many things,,, end times, prophecy, the Bible of course. My co-workers,, Becky and Tony knew me very well and knew
I had studied to be a Reverend, but was a 'born again Pagan'. Their friend was alot like what I see here of Christians on ATS. I will leave it at
So,, all night we talked and discussed things,,, me with my views on things,,, they with theirs. It was very interesting as their friend became more
and more bombastic in his damnation of who I am.
At one point Becky and Tony's child came into the room as we talked about this very subject of the Kingdom of Heaven being within,, and Divinity
(God) residing inside each human.
I asked their "Rapture ready" friend,, as I called him.....
"_______ Is God inside of Will?", their son.
"Yes" he said, "of Course"
"Becky?" I asked,,,,
"Sure, he is." he returned.
"And Tony?",,, and he again affirmed how God resided in our mutual friend.
Then I asked pointing to myself,,,, "Is God WithIn Me?"
he recoiled and looked at Becky and Tony as he shook his head violently No.
I laughed out loud,,and laughed, but then saw my friend Becky's face.
In one fell swoop her understanding of Christian Arrogance and duplicity came in a flash of Enlightenment.
Becky and Tony knew me very well,, trusted me, loved me and saw my beliefs in action.
Becky was never the same regarding Christian arrogance,,, and happens to be one of the Few '''real'' Christ Like people I have come across.
She saw how someone can wrap themselves up in an air of Christian superiority, and how far from Christ , christians have removed themselves from the
core teachings of Jesus. It hit her like a ton of bricks,,, especially since I was the one showing her what Jesus had taught his followers to Know.
A gay Pagan.
She called me the most Christian person she knew, and stood up and gave her friend a lecture that I will never forget.
That day I saw What could be,, if Christians really did follow what Jesus said.
Sir,, The Kingdom of Heaven is Within.
I hope you let it shine Within You too,,
I am sure you think it does,,, as my friends Becky and Tony's "Rapture Ready" Friend,,, did.
But for him ( as I imagine You),,, it was exclusive.
I am sorry but you are mistaken,,, God is not the Stingy mean Sadist of the Bible,,, and is In Each Living Person, Animal and thing.
It is our duty to Wash our Soul WIndows and let the Light Within Shine Out Into the Dark.
And that my friend is Where the Kingdom of Heaven Is,,,, It is Among Us All...
We just don't Live It.
and we all should,,, without exclusion or arrogance of Superiority of Belief.
I always tell people I am a Born Again Pagan,,,, they usually think it means I am Christian. I am Not.
I just happen to remember more than One Life,,, and it has aided me well.
Once you see the Bigger Picture,,, you are unlikely to forget it.
Nor can you go back to Intellectual Childhood and believe such simplistic and arrogant worldviews of the Universe.
Within is a Big Place. Visit and let us know what you find.
You will see many mansions in the Kingdom there,,,( don't spray graffiti on the walls please.)
and you will See,, Shamans, Muslims, Jewish believers, Animist,,, and yes Virginia there are even Christians there,,, believe it or not!!
The Kingdom of Heaven is Not a "White" Only place I promise,,, nor just Christian.
Why do I say that,,
Because I believe the Kingdom of Heaven is Within (Me and You) Here,, NOW,,, On Earth.
Or we could only see the Hell that we have let ourselves create.
Pick which one you wish to be.
I prefer Everyone Making the Grade,,,, as does God. He isn't as Exclusive as Christians pretend to know.