Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Question: What is the “kingdom of heaven”?
Answer: There are many ideas about what the kingdom of heaven is. Each religion may teach something different. In Christian Science, we are taught that the kingdom of heaven is a mental state, not a physical place to go to when we appear to die. Here is one of Mrs. Eddy’s explanations:
“What is the kingdom of heaven? The abode of Spirit, the realm of the real. No matter is there, no night is there — nothing that maketh or worketh a lie. Is this kingdom afar off? No: it is ever-present
here . . . The kingdom of heaven is the reign of divine Science: it is a mental state. Jesus said it is within you, and taught us to pray, ‘Thy kingdom come;’ but he did not teach us to pray for death whereby to gain heaven. We do not look into darkness for light.” (Mis. 174)
Mrs. Eddy also tells us something else, which may help us see one way to reach the kingdom of heaven: “The pride of place or power is the prince of this world that hath nothing in Christ. Our great Master said: ‘Except ye . . . become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven,’ — the reign of righteousness, the glory of good, healing the sick and saving the sinner.” (My. 4)
We will learn more about pride, and becoming little children, in other lessons.
Practice: Today, pray for God’s kingdom to come to your thoughts. Listen for angel messages that will come to you from God, helping you this very day.
(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes” Copyright 2002)
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