Kingdom of Heaven


The biblical character Jesus was reported to have said, “The kingdom of heaven is within you.” Thus, he immediately refuted the notion of a separate God.

Now, given the way things go on this lovely rock, a number of folks came along later, professing nominal resonance with Jesus Christ — even calling themselves “Christians” — who nevertheless persisted in clinging to the infantile model of a parent deity.

Such attitudes are not unusual in this realm, even today. Folks across the spectrum often behave like emotional infants in their relationship to life, regardless of their chronological age. Conversely, in some fundamentalist theistic religions, claiming the thrilling recognition “I am God” has gotten people put to death . . . yikes!

I remember trying to find a place to sleep in some town between Bali and Yogyakarta in Indonesia one night in the summer of ’81, and apparently my efforts coincided with a Muslim Holy Time. Thousands of very excited people were running through the streets with torches, screaming out some kind of repetitive slogan.

I inquired of my guide about the meaning, and he said, “They’re shouting ‘There is only God!’” The ecstatic enthusiasm they exhibited for such a pertinent and succinct observation seemed quite remarkable to me, as did the hostel we finally settled at, having been assured by the guide that it was “the last vacancy left in town”, but that’s another story.

At any rate, he noted that westerners should be indoors during this time,since it would be dangerous for them to be seen.

“Why” I asked, “if there is only God?”

He replied, “It’s not the same God.”


About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have a number of blog sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: Essays on the Conscious Process: Compiled Poetry and Prosetry: Verses and ramblings on life as it is: Verses and Variations on the Investigation of Mind Nature: Verses on the Play of Consciousness: Poetic Fiction, Fable, Fantabulation: Poems of the Mountain Hermit: Love Poems from The Book of Yes: Autobiographical Fragments, Memories, Stories, and Tall Tales: Ancient and modern spiritual texts, creatively refreshed: Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: Thank You!
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