Once upon a time there lived a young man named Neil. Spiritual growth was important to him so he read the Bible daily. On this particular day he was reading the last biblical chapter called “Revelation.” Neil found this chapter the most difficult to comprehend so he petitioned the Lord God to give him new insights concerning the fantastic scenarios portrayed in the “end times.”
Meanwhile, in a completely different realm, God’s angels were moving about, excitingly anticipating a great event. Today, like most days, the Lord God would make His promised return to earth. The angels were busy making all the final preparations for such an earth-shaking event.
When the moment came, the Lord projected His divine human form from the radiant center of the universe and directed it down toward the world of space, time and matter.
Simultaneously, and far below this divine activity, Neil was praying for God to remove the clouded and obscure understanding he had for the sacred narratives he was now reading. Just as his eyes were moving across the passage about the Lord’s “coming with the clouds” he began to experience greater mental clarity.
At that very same moment, the Lord had returned to the physical world as promised but touched his feet down on a unique terrestrial landscape. The Lord had technically re-entered spacetime, but the ground upon which His feet now rested represented a mental field whose landscape consisted of all the ideas and feelings contained in Neil’s memory. The Lord had actually returned within one of Neil’s neurons and, through various synaptic connections, planned to spread His Divine rule over this entire neural network and “inner turf.”
Neil’s prayers had been answered!
His eyes grew wider as he read the bible chapter with deeper clarity and enlightenment. New things began to be revealed to Neil’s mind from this divine neural visit. He suddenly understood that the Lord’s return was actually the process by which the Lord would re-enter and re-organize his heart and mind into a more permanent heavenly form.
To Neil’s horror, the beasts, conflicts and great battle of the Apocalypse represented all his own false ideas and egoistic behavior that still resisted God’s rule and therefore needed to be conquered. The Apocalypse was a neural turf war! Neil now understood the meaning behind the Lord’s strange statement that His return, would not come by observation, and could not be physically pointed to.
Neil kept getting new flashes of insight as he read further into the chapter. He then had the realization that if he allowed the Lord to completely conquer his various worldly and selfish inclinations, this would indeed result in making “all things new.”
Finishing the chapter, Neil closed his Bible and wondered how he could share this new knowledge with others. This would indeed be difficult because the very life which protects worldly and self-serving ideas is the strongly held but warped belief that the Lord God’s return will be purely physical and put the kabash on all the bad things that happen to us in life—rather than happen through us.
Neil began to pray that more and more people would permit the Lord to return by entering into their hearts and minds and re-ordering many of the accumulated notions and “rubbish” in their neurons.
The Lord’s heavenly kingdom is not a retirement destination, nor an entitlement program. Heaven is not a place you go to, it is something you become.