Ok..my question is gonna be a little confusing but bear with me. So, I am taking a religion course, and we study most religions and stuff, anyway...we are studying Christianity now...as in its major concepts...finding figure...etc..
Well, today he was kinda explaning how the religion keeps refering to the kingdom of God, and how the bible talks about the kingdom of God. I agree with that, that the kingdom of God is important in our religion and stuff....but what is the kingdom of God. As I understood from the Church, that the kingdom of God is heaven, and that by saying "Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand" means that Judgement day is coming soon...aka...time for judgement and seperation of the righetous from the unrighetous.
So he definetly went a different direction on that issue, but he does have a valid point thou. Anyway, he said that at the time, Jesus WAS NOT referring to heaven, that he was refering to the kingdom of God as something that will happen in our lifetime...a great change will happen in the wordly way, things will change as we know it...there would be no more people who are rich are gonna rule and the poor in the lower places...but no...things will change...as in "Blessed the poor for they will inhert the kingdom of God"...they will inhert something in the world not something up above...as the kingdom of God is something that will happen in the present time...in the world..not up above.
Why did I say he does have a valid explanation to it is because the concept of the kingdom of God wasn't started by Jesus...what I mean is...way before Jesus came into the world...Jews were waiting for the kingdom of God...for something that will change their life as they know it...and in fact that came in the WORLD which is the apperance of the Messiah...which changed how they believe and how they practice their religion...so what did Jesus meant by the kingdom of God then....please be specific in ur answer...this is kinda confusing me A LOT