Describe the Kingdom of God and its values. I listed some values below:
1)Money (economic) general sharing
2)Prestige (social/ cultural) least as greatest
3)Power (political and religious) service not domination
4)Solidarity (political and religious) universal solidarity vs cliques
Some information that I also have about the Kingdom of God is:
“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God!”
-The central message of Jesus mentioned 90 times by Jesus in the Gospels.
-The Kingdom- the reign of God that is already present in the world and is destined to be realized in all its perfection at the end of human history when God will be all in all.
-Thus healing, restoring sight and hearing, bringing joy, setting free, proclaiming liberty or favor are different ways of describing liberation and justice.
-To Jesus the kingdom is a politically structured society of people on earth as it is already fulfilled in heaven.
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You give a pretty full answer in your question. The kingdom of God is a central teaching in the gospels as Jesus proclaims that the kingdom of God has come. This begs the question of what is the kingdom of God.
Many people in Jesus' day misunderstood the nature of the kingdom. They thought that Jesus was going to usher in a physical kingdom, which he did not. What Jesus meant is that his rule and reign will begin to take shape in the world through the church. This is why some of Jesus's main teachings are about a new ethic - how his followers should act and live. In Matthew 5, we read his speech, called the Sermon on the Mount.
In this chapter Jesus says:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
Based on this teaching, for the next several chapters Jesus fleshes out what it means to live by his teaching. So, we can say that the kingdom of God exists where people live in a way that is consistent with the teachings of Jesus.
Thank you for your help. I knew I found the right information, I just did not know how to word it. Could you please help me describe the 4 values I listed?
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