The above picture pretty much sums up why the world is in the mess that we are. People are gazing up into the sky, thinking God is located up there somewhere, along with our salvation, power, guidance, freedom, and well-being.
The Christian religion taught us to look up into the sky to find God and Jesus there, while Jesus himself taught people to look within themselves. This is one of the false mindsets I wrote about in Inner Anarchy: “Jesus often spoke of the necessity of his death, which upset his closest followers. Jesus explained that his death was a necessary step to shift their attachment from the physical Jesus to his Spirit—that higher spiritual presence inside them. Unfortunately, the Christian religion has failed to make this shift; they pay homage and place the focus on the physical Jesus but have not turned toward or manifested that higher spiritual presence within them.”
The salvation of our world is not going to fall down out of the sky. Heaven is not a location with streets of gold above the clouds. The salvation we are waiting for and the heaven we imagine is not somewhere over the rainbow but is inside each of us! Jesus bore witness to and demonstrated this 2,000 years ago, and then we proceeded to hijack his message and called it “Christianity.”