Why do people think that heaven or the kingdom of God is in the sky?
What did Jesus say? see below
20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.Luke 17:20-21
Well, it cannot be within the earth. So, it has to be outside the earth. As to where you want to go from there -- outside our gravitational pull, in another galaxy? I don't know. Also, I'm pretty poor with scripture. Just using common sense and what faith I can muster.
This is true... God is 'spirit' so this physical stuff isn't where he exists. God can ONLY exist 'within us' which also encompasses everything 'around us'. Its a fun concept to think about. Jesus 'christos' was within - as is ours. It is our battery.
Good & evil people have "batteries" but not GOD'S BATTERY! Only BELIEF in GOD "activates" one's "battery" to acquire the KoG!
Men who operated w/o BELIEF in GOD have the world's kingdom inside KoS not KoG!
Charlie, you will have to stand before the judgment seat of Christ & tell HIM; HE is not ONE SPIRIT, HE didn't die & give us GRACE under the NC, HE is not the HOLY SPIRIT that HE SAID "Seek FIRST" +++
Think about your "eternal life" & n
The Kingdom of God was veiled to those who expected a great spectacle. Christ was a representative of the Kingdom, but they did not recognize it because of his humble demeanour. Although, Yahshua addressed his words to unbelieving Jews ("the Kingdom of God is within you"), they are words of possibility, but required an internal and spiritual manifestation to "see" the Kingdom in a spiritual sense. The spiritual Kingdom of God is about Yahweh's rule through Christ in the hearts of every believer. There are several parables that Yahshua told to help the seeker of truth to understand the meaning of the Kingdom.
In the age to come, the literal physical kingdom will come in a the manifestation of might and power in a kingdom government. Yahshua was used by God to inaugurate the New Covenant on earth without the activation of the visible theocracy yet. The Pharisees did not understand this, as the visible Kingdom of God would be an event in the future where there will be a theocracy of God on earth, but the spiritual activation was to come first through Christ.
God gave the 10 C's to Jews via stone tablets TWICE to make sure THEY didn't miss out. Why 'veil' something so important as eternal salvation? Its an ancient pagan message twisted with Jesus' real one: God is a direct connection & always has been
God gave 10 C's to obey or "disconnected!" God doesn't allow disobedience into HIS kingdom! Why do u think "everybody OK" if HE has given 10 C's to obey & we don't?
Ur "analogy" is WRONG! Either one "obeys" or "connection" not there! SPIRIT v sp
Why did HE give 10 C's if "Everyone OK" (your analogy)?
You "contradict" yourself Misfit!
This is truly amazing coming from a woman that broke her word so amazingly. Norine you promised God that " I will not be posting on your HUBS any longer" . Do you you think that promises are made to God or to man?
Maybe u but not GOD!
I keep saying SOMETHING keeps telling otherwise & HE OVERRULES! Too bad u HATE that SOMETHING!
I See u've picked up the MO of the Ecckelsians on HP!
What foolishness we aspire to create. Everyone and every heaven is within us. I live on heaven on earth. Because I am loved from above and across the world. What could be more heavenly than to be loved? Perhaps to be given the gift of loving others? Why in the heck would love stop upon death as it is spiritual and not man caused. Let those bargain their soul to create a heaven hereafter. I do not buy it. Heaven is within your heart. Death is in your soul. Choose love for tomorrow may be too late. Has anyone ever felt as good about riches as they have about love? I do not buy it if they say so.
Heaven is not only here. it is a choice. I choose heaven by choosing to love others and it surely has come to me before my death. Thank the Lord.
Ur not a normal Christian, Eric - I gave this answer a thumbs up for being insightfully spot-on (which I ocassionally find you to be, ha!). I think the same thing about Norine, sometimes - you're both 'just a step' aside me - maddening & funnish.
Girl, 1 has to "activate" the spirit GOD placed in us by BELIEVING on HIS SPIRIT and is not EVERYONE!
Until u stop confusing the spirit in us as HIS SPIRIT which BELIEVERS have acquired resulting in "connection" to HIM u will remain "confused!"
Misfit: Do you believe Jesus is GOD who "manifested HIMSELF in the flesh" as Jesus (I Timothy 3:16)? Do you believe HE died and returned to the SAME SPIRIT (I Corinthians 12) from whence HE came (John 17:5)? Did GOD not say in Isaiah 43:11 "There is no other GOD besides Me?" If so, why would HE leave us ("believers") with "no help" which HE promised in John 14:26;16:13 or don't you "believe" that either?
Why do you guys not READ the entire Chapter of Luke 17 to get a "complete understanding?" Did not Scripture say In v17 "But FIRST must he "suffer" many things...?" Didn't HE "suffer many things" when HE went to the cross? Thereafter, HE sent the Holy Spirit (KoG) on the Day of Pentecost to "HELP" us as "Promised!"
Scripture says time and again "sin is death!" If the KoG is within everyone and we are sinners or unbelievers, how could we have the KoG in us? Did not Ephesians 2:1 say "We were DEAD in our trespasses and sins?" Didn't John 3:7 say "We must be born again?" Then why would anyone think the KoG is in ALL; especially sinners and unbelievers? Just because we ALL have "a spirit," you can thank Adam and Eve for man not having "THE SPIRIT" and because of Adam we MUST "reconcile" to HIM by obeying HIS command which was given in Acts 1:4 - "WAIT!"
according to the scriptural narrative God says Heaven is all the area beween the surface of the earth and the Waters above
OK buddy what does that mean -- the clouds or the water on a planet? Or did people back then understand to mean the Milky Way the big dipp
Certainly you do not take this literally as of that time people did not know that clouds were basically water.
Charlie's right! "As HE is so are we IN THIS WORLD" (I Jn 4:17) if one has "activated" the KoG inside by BELIEVING, OBEYING & "WAITING" for HIM (Acts 1:4)!
Why do you think JESUS spoke Matt6:33? That's the FIRST STEP!
Wow you two are the finest examples of sheeple. That fact you do not speak under a steeple makes no difference.
Prove that statement with the WORD of GOD! If one has been "easily lead astray" in their belief, it's your job as a Disciple to "correct" if you LOVE them! Now where are we WRONG? Stop talking to be talking & back up w/WORD!
eric if you understood scipture you would know" God separated the waters above from the waters below to create the earth. try reading Geneses s-l-o-w-l-y.
it does not tell what that entails but it includes all between earth and the water above
Are two self proclaimed Apostles aware of; Then I saw "a new heaven and a new earth," for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea." So all your gobbledegook precedes this and is of not avail. No more H2O
ERIC ARE YOU AWARE THAT you are quoting things that happen AFTER ThE JUDGEMENT as if they have already happened. typical Eric
Eric is a "self made" Christian as MOST! He won't STUDY or LISTEN to the WORD of GOD to become a Spiritual LEAD "Disciple" but continues to rely on "his" knowledge!
Until he obeys WORD, he will NEVER "see!"
Those words that Jesus uttered are different from the revelation he showed apostle John. Here Jesus was telling them the kingdom of God has come and is in your heart. Now he meant the fulfillment of prophecy in the old testament has come into fruition. Jesus brought the kingdom of God near to us. This is the reason why when Jesus died on the cross the veil of the temple was broken into two. It means now people are free to go in the presence of God without going through the priest. Secondly when Jesus resurrected it meant when a person acceps Jesus as their Lord and savior of their livres then the kingdom of God becomes alive in their hearts. Everyone of us has kingdom of God inside us but it is no longer alive because of sin. When we are sanctified (our spirits) it becomes alive and we are able to communicate freely with God. This is why the Bible says the kingdom of God is on earth. It means Jesus brought the kingdom of God near to us. We cannot complain it is far away. We who are Born again are the kingdom of God i.e the church is the kingdom of God simply because God resides in our hearts.
Still there is the physical dwelling of God and the angels which is heaven. After Jesus had resurrected and appeared to people he ascended to heaven. When he ascended where did he go? Elijah and Enoch of the old testament never died. Where did they go? The vision John saw of the heaven does not imply our hearts and the earth e.g the throne of God. Now which heaven is he talking about because it cannot be our hearts? In fact it says Jesus will descend with an army of angel. Where are they descending from if not from heaven? Lastly those who are dead and are counted righteous will be raised from death and wull meet Jesus on air. Where will they go?
We have two heavens, the literal one and the figurative. The literal is heaven above the skies, the figurative is heven in our hearts because God dwells in us i.e the Spirit of God.
We have 'a spirit' w/in us but not THE SPIRIT until "born again" as disciples on Day of Pentecost(Acts2:2)! Lk17:25 says "He must suffer first" (The Cross) & send (Jn14:26)! Now we "WAIT"(Acts1:4) then HE can talk to us(Acts1:2) & Jer31:33-35
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