Just figured I'd add my thoughts on the Kingdom of God . . . I think that the kingdom of God, or kingdom of heaven, is the world of Images (alam al-mithal). Jesus is a Messenger to this world. Muhammad is too. So is Moses. "Blessed be he who caused the Koran to descend upon his servant, so that he may be a prophet for the Worlds" (Koran 25:1). Notice this plural word: worlds. It implies the physical world, which is here and there, or all around us, is not all that there is to reality. Even the first verse of the Koran reads as follows: "Glory be to God, the Lord of the Worlds" (Koran 1:1). With the world of Images in mind, its imaginative Forms are found somewhere besides this physical world. Since it is invisible to this world, where could it be? Within you! The physical world is but a shadow or mirror of the soul. If the mirror breaks, meaning that all sensory perception is gone, then only that which was reflected continues to subsist. To be a prophet of this unseen world, Muhammad, Jesus, and Moses must of had an "eye of the world beyond," or deep spiritual perception, in order that Their message may be delivered. This world is immaterially composed of inner states projected in visible forms. No wonder the Kingdom of God is so near. Yikes! The axe is at the very root of the trees! One gains the eye to see the entrance into the kingdom of God by being born with new eyes. To me, "born again" means nourishing my consciousness to grow and expand in understanding, the source of love. It is to realize the Buddha's noble truth that "there is a way to attain release from suffering." Didn't Paul teach the soon-to-be resurrection as the end of suffering for those in Christ? It is to awaken my spiritual eyes in the world of Images with the sense that my own being is paradise or hell. Lessening my consciousness is nearing hells gates. The fire itself is my own act. Likewise, the refreshing water of paradise is my own act. "Whether you hide your word or publish it abroad, God has full knowledge of the secrets of all hearts. How should he who created not know that which he created" (Koran 67: 13-14).