"In earth, as it is in heaven"

According to a widely accepted religious theory, God dwells in a remote heaven, leaving man to his own devices on earth and intervening but rarely to shape man's destiny.

Not far removed from this belief is another: that while God and man made in His image coexist in heaven, or reality, nevertheless, for a finite period man is a mortal and lives on earth in a realm apart from God.

Both these beliefs are erroneous. They shut out God's presence and presuppose two separate states of being, one spiritual, the other material. And they are perpetuated even though they directly contradict the teachings of the Master, Christ Jesus, whose whole ministry proclaimed the grand truths that the kingdom of God is at hand and that man, as His beloved son, is forever included in this kingdom. Christ Jesus proved, too, that the understanding of God's ever-presence demonstrates evil's never-presence by destroying every form of discord. His words in what we call the Lord's Prayer, showing the universality of Truth, indicate that he expected his followers to partake of this heavenly kingdom. They are taught to pray: "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." Matt. 6:10;

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"I will arise"
June 8, 1968

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