The Kingdom Of God Essay
The “kingdom of God” is a reoccurring theme in the New Testament, but there is a lack of explanation as to what it means. Jesus explains “Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets” will be in the kingdom of God, and then people from around the world “will eat in the kingdom” (Luke 13.28-29). However, there is no mention of what the kingdom is and whether it is has already occurred or is yet to come; this has led to various theories suggested by critics causing a debate over the true meaning of the kingdom of God.
It is thought by many that the kingdom of God is an eschatological ideal. A key critic who took this approach is Albert Schweitzer, who thought Jesus looked at the world “through the lens of eschatology”(Chilton, 1996, P.3). Schweitzer believes Jesus thought the kingdom of God could have been initiated through perfection of morality; however, when Jesus realised this was unlikely to happen he conceptualised the kingdom eschatologically (Schweitzer, 1964, P.85-86). Biblical evidence for entrance to the kingdom at death can be found in Luke 10.9: “cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘the …show more content…
According to Wright, Jesus is in charge of the world, which is what makes the kingdom of God present (Wright, 2012, P.9). This view suggests the kingdom began when Jesus was born, but it noticeably commenced when he became an adult because he was aware of his authority amongst the society. Jesus is still a strong authority figure today because he is the leader of Christianity; therefore, all believers abide by the law he set out. When considering Wrights approach, it can be concluded that he also views the kingdom of God as the Christian faith, because that is what Jesus is in charge of; thus it is the