Finding Heaven Within

Christ Jesus took the concept of heaven out of a space and time context when he said it is neither "here" nor "there," but is "within" us (Luke 17:21). One might say that heaven is a mental state to be found only through spiritual understanding. Heaven exists in the Christly consciousness, which is wholly submissive to God's control.

What one learns about heaven, or God's kingdom, either from the Bible or through Christian Science, which interprets the Bible, points to the idea of divine government. Even the word "kingdom" indicates this idea, for a kingdom is a realm under the control of a monarch. In heaven, God is King, eternally enthroned in consciousness and governing all thought.

On Requesting Exemptions
September 7, 1963

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