The Third Jesus by Deepak Chopra -The Kingdom of God is Within

The goal of a Christian life is to reach the Kingdom of God. Millions believe this means going to Heaven after you die. But Jesus is much more ambiguous than that. There is just as much evidence in the gospels that reaching the Kingdon of God means arriving at a higher level of consciousness.

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. Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, Lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you” Luke 17:20-21

Only inner transformation could bring about Christ’s vision of the Kingdom of God on earth, which was the Messiah’s ultimate mission. Jesus will not return physically to raise the dead from their graves. instead, the Second Coming will be a shift in consciousness that renews human nature by raising it to the level of the divine (you may read further on this in A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle).

So, did Jesus mean that the Kingdom of God is in us at every moment or only after we seek it out? Why is God silent and seemingly absent for millions of people?

God as an image and Idea: people see what they expect to see; since all these visions are mental events, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that they might also be mental creations. god exists in different place depending on your level of consciousness. This becomes critical on the spiritual path, because as your own awareness shifts, God does too.

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