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On Earth As It Is In Heaven

By Ldsapologetics
Every city has a ghetto. But since Heaven will be perfect one might think all will be riches and glory with an abundance of anything one could want.
But I don't think so. I think we will have little but that little will be plenty to those who make the cut into Heaven.
I have to wonder if Heaven will look sparse rather than grand glowing buildings. I have to wonder if the landscape of Heavenly cities will be intertwined with natural world around it.
I do agree that the citizens of Heaven will exude Christlike love, acceptance and understanding. But I feel that those people will also have done so while on Earth. 
It's not that I wonder if Heaven has a ghetto, it's that I wonder if Heaven is a ghetto in the sense that the people have little but feel that they have plenty.
And in the sense that people are more than willing to share their substance and their time happily.
Jesus gives us a good idea of what kind of people will inherit the Kingdom of God.

And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Matthew 5:1-12

The outcasts, the lepers and the sick, the poor, the meek, the pure of heart, the peacemakers, the merciful and those that mourn will inherit the Kingdom.

These are the people Christ devoted His life and ministry to because these people needed His love and understanding largely because they never received any from their neighbors.

But if only for a short time the Kingdom flourished on Earth as it is in Heaven.

In Acts we read:34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,

35 And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.

And in Moses 7 it is echoed: 18 And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.

If there were no poor among them then it follows that there were no rich either because all were equal according to need. And their needs must've been meager.

This is a description of Heaven on Earth so it follows that this is also a description of life in Heaven.

I have prayed about why God allows poverty, murders, muggings and war. And then it occurred to me that God was asking me the same question. Why do I allow such things to happen? Why am I complicit to the evil I see around me afraid to get involved?

So I do what little I can. But the more Christlike I become the more of an impact I am able to have.

I'm not sure we can enjoy the Kingdom of God if we can't create one on Earth as it is in Heaven. 

Believing in Christ is important to salvation but living as Christ did is salvation for us as much as it is for our neighbors.

The landscape of Heaven I think, will be meager, it's riches however are in the love and understanding and kindness of its inhabitants.

On Earth As It Is In Heaven

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