I have always been frustrated by the fact that very few of Jesus' parables made sense to me and when I heard sermons on them, they became more confusing. Michael Pearl's explanation of the differences between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven were like a blinding beacon through the fog. At first, the light was so bright, I couldn't look full on and had to take this book in about 5 minute increments (me, who usually reads books cover to cover with as few stops as possible). I've had to read it twice because of the years of erroneous sermons I've heard and am looking forward to another read!
This book cleared up a lot of confusion I had about Jesus' teachings. Everyone I knew thought that the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven were the same thing, which makes for trying to live out a lot of nonsense. It was so different from everything that people had been parroting at me that I had to read it in small chunks, going over the same material a number of times because the new information kept grinding into the old, faulty information. I think it may be the most mind-growing book I've read about the Bible.
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The Bible speaks of eight kingdoms. Two of the eight kingdoms - the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven - constitute the central message of the New Testament. Yet the kingdom message is completely unknown by a large majority of ministers and their congregations all across this land.
You can't see one of them. One is coming but you can't be a part of it. Another must be resisted. You have been removed from another. You must honor another that is evil. One is now fighting for its life. One is going to smash all the others and reign forever on the earth.
If you are up to a challenge, you will assuredly know the difference when you are finished reading this book. If you don't want to be challenged, don't bother buying this book.
From the back cover...
...and then there was ONE.
There are eight types of kingdoms spoken of in the Bible. Two of those kingdoms — the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven — constitute the central message of the New Testament. If all the text that speaks directly of these two kingdoms were removed from the New Testament, there wouldn’t be enough left to fill up a single page in a newspaper. Yet, the kingdom message is completely unknown by a large majority of ministers and their congregations all across this land. There has never been anything spoken so much, yet understood so little. The errors of reformed theology and Armenianism alike are rooted in a misunderstanding of the kingdoms. Most cults and many of the denominational differences today can be traced to a lack of understanding of the mystery of the kingdoms. The key to understanding the entire Bible is found in knowing the differences among the eight kingdoms, but especially these two — the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven. When you finish reading this book, you will assuredly know the difference.
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