Obtaining the key to the kingdom

Why, one might ask, is it necessary to obtain the key to the kingdom when Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is within you"? Luke 17:21. The allegory of Adam and Eve tells how they were tempted by the serpent, or corporeal sense, to partake of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Similarly, through succumbing to the persuasions of corporeal sense, with its belief of life, substance, and intelligence in matter, much of humanity today finds it is virtually locked out of the kingdom of heaven.

Didn't Jesus warn us in the Sermon on the Mount of the culprit that would steal the kingdom—the pure consciousness of God's allness—from us? The culprit is corporeal sense, or personal sense, a sense of mortal personalities or many minds—in contrast to the healing truth of one infinite Mind, God, good, reflected by the true man.

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