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Discuss the meaning of the Kingdom of God in relation to present-day Christian belief and life

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Discuss the meaning of the Kingdom of God in relation to present-day Christian belief and life One of Jesus's first teachings is that "the kingdom of God is at hand". That means that you can reach it hear and now. The Kingdom of God is also called the Kingdom of Heaven. In Christianity it is the spiritual realm over which God reigns as king, or the fulfillment on Earth of God's will. The phrase occurs frequently in the New Testament, primarily used by Jesus Christ in the first three Gospels. It is generally considered to be the central theme of Jesus' teaching, but widely differing views have been held about Jesus' teaching on the Kingdom of God and its relation to the developed view of the church. Jesus superbly describes the Kingdom of God in Luke 11:21-22. He describes the devils, or evil hearts as a strong man. But the Kingdom of God is Described as a stronger man, "What cn the strong man do when a stronger has come into his house and bound him up?" What I believe the Kingdom of God means to the average good Christian is that it is a paradise. ...read more.

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A place which people in dire situations look to a place where they will be compensated for the suffering they have endured in this life. 'There is no evidence of the existence of the Kingdom of God in today's world.' The kingdom of God is still very relevant to Christians today. The fact is that the kingdom of god is still at hand. It is here and now, and not in the distant future. You can reach it now, by changing your ways and listening to the word of God. It is very possible for a cynic to say that there is no God out there. For I know of many atheists who believe that God never existed at all, and that he was a being that was thought up by the weak to try and stop the strong from being omnipotent. Maybe they are right, who am I to say that they are wrong? If you look at all the suffering in the entire world, in Burma there is a tremendous amount of suffering going on. I know from personal experience that there is. ...read more.

Conclusion

If we just let it come out, then the world would be a better place for every one. It is true that rarely do we see the kingdom of God today. Yet it would be wrong to say it did not exist at all. The reason we do not see the kingdom is because it is locked up so tightly in us. No one has the godliness to show every one that the lives they are living is wrong and that the kingdom of god is a better place. No in fact we do have people like that, but in the cynical age that we live in today we would classify a man who expressed his religious views a fanatic madman. All you have to do is go to a church on a Sunday morning or talk to the really firm Christians. Look around, yes there is a whole load of atrocities being committed, yes the world is not ideal. But it also is beautiful. The Kingdom of God is always at hand. All you have to do to reach it is to look inside yourself and reach for it. The Kingdom of God does exist. It exists in the heart of it's believers. ...read more.

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