There are three degrees of glory (alternatively, kingdoms of glory) in Mormon theology and cosmology, which are the final, eternal resting place for practically all who lived on earth once they are raised from the spirit realm.
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Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), the biggest denomination in the Latter-day Saint movement, believe that the apostle Paul briefly outlined these degrees of glory in 1 Corinthians 15:40-42 and 2 Corinthians 12:2. Joseph Smith elaborated on Paul's descriptions, based mostly on a vision he had with Sidney Rigdon in 1832, which is recorded in D&C Section 76. According to this vision, everyone will be resurrected and allocated to one of three degrees of splendor at the Final Judgment: heavenly, terrestrial, or telestial kingdoms. A small number of people who commit the unpardonable sin will be sent to outer darkness with Satan, where they will be called “sons of Perdition,” rather than receiving a kingdom of glory.
What is the realm of God?
In Christianity, the Kingdom of God, also known as the Kingdom of Heaven, is the spiritual realm over which God reigns as king, or the fulfillment of God's will on Earth. The phrase appears frequently in the New Testament, with Jesus Christ predominantly using it in the first three Gospels.
How many hells are there?
Naraka is known by numerous names, all of which imply that it is Yama's domain. Yamalaya, Yamaloka, Yamasdana, and Yamalokya all refer to Yama's dwelling. Yamakaya (Yama's akaya) and its variants, such as Vaivasvatakaya, make a pun on the word kaya, which can imply either dwelling or destruction. It is also known as Sayaman, “where only truth is spoken, and the weak afflict the strong,” Mtyulokya, “the land of the dead,” and Pretarjapura, “the city of the king of spirits.”
Only four hells are mentioned in the Agni Purana. Some texts mention seven hells: Put (“childless,” for the childless), Avichi (“waveless,” for those awaiting reincarnation), Samhata (“abandoned,” for evil beings), Tamisra (“darkness,” where hell's darkness begins), Rijisha (“expelled,” where hell's torments begin), Kudmala (“leprous,” the worst hell for those awaiting reincarnation”), and Kakola (“abandoned,” for evil (“black poison”, the bottomless pit, for those who are eternally condemned to hell and have no chance of reincarnation).
Tamisra, Andhatamisra, Maharaurava, Raurava, Kalasutra, Mahanaraka, Samjivana, Mahavichi, Tapana, Sampratapana, Samhata, Sakakola, Kudmala, Putimrittika, Lohasanku, Rijisha, Pathana, Vaitarani, Salmali, Asipatravana, and Lohadaraka are among the 21 hells mentioned
Tamisra, Lohasanku, Mahaniraya, Salamali, Raurava, Kudmala, Putimrittika, Kalasutraka, Sanghata, Lohitoda, Savisha, Sampratapana, Mahanaraka, Kakola, Sanjivana, Mahapatha, Avichi, Andhatamisra, Kumbhipaka, Asipatravana, and Tapana are among the twenty-one names listed
The Bhagavata Purana, the Vishnu Purana, and the Devi Bhagavata Purana all enumerate and detail 28 hells, but they all conclude that there are hundreds of thousands more. Tamisra, Andhatamisra, Raurava, Maharaurava, Kumbhipaka, Kalasutra, Asipatravana, Sukaramukha, Andhakupa, Krimibhojana, Andhakupa, Krimibhojana, Samdamsa, Taptasurmi, Vajrakantaka-salmali, Vaitarani, Puyoda, Pranarodha, In most cases, the Devi Bhagavata Purana accords with the Bhagavata Purana; nevertheless, a few names change somewhat. Taptamurti, Apahpana, Raksogana-bhojana, Avata-nirodhana, and Paryavartanataka replace Taptasurmi, Ayahpana, Raksogana-bhojana, Avata-nirodhana, and Paryavartanataka. The 28 are listed in the following sequence in the Vishnu Purana: Raurava, Shukara, Rodha, Tala, Visasana, Mahajwala, Taptakumbha, Lavana, Vimohana, Rudhirandha, Vaitarana, Krimia, Krimibhojana, Asipatravana, Krishna, Lalabhaksa, Drua, Pyaváha, Pápa, Vahnijwála, Adhoiras,
What are the 6 realms of existence?
In each of the six realms, there are six Enlightened Buddhas. The “Six Sages” are another name for these six Buddhas. Indrasakra (Buddha of the god realm), Vemacitra (Buddha of the tiny god realm), Sakyamuni (Buddha of the human realm), Sthirasimha (Buddha of the animal realm), Jvalamukha (Buddha of the hungry ghost realm), and Yama Dharmaraja (Buddha of the human realm) (Buddha in the hot hell realm). Gods, demi-gods, people, animals, hungry ghosts, and hells are the six realms of rebirth and life in Buddhist cosmology. Earlier Buddhist writings relate to five rather than six realms; when portrayed as five realms, the deity and demi-god realms are combined into a single realm.
Three higher realms (good, fortunate) and three lower realms are usually separated into the six realms (evil, unfortunate). The gods, mortals, and demi-gods inhabit the three higher realms, while animals, hungry ghosts, and hell beings inhabit the three lower realms. In east Asian literature, the six kingdoms are divided into thirty-one levels. These realms are described as follows in Buddhist texts:
- The gods (devas) realm is the most pleasurable of the six realms, and it is usually divided into twenty-six sub-realms. The accumulation of exceptionally good karma is thought to be the cause of reincarnation in this celestial state. A Deva does not need to labor and can enjoy all of life's pleasures in the heavenly realm. The joys of this universe, on the other hand, lead to attachment (Updna), a lack of spiritual pursuits, and so no nirvana. According to Kevin Trainor, the vast majority of Buddhist lay people have traditionally undertaken Buddhist rituals and practices motivated by rebirth into the Deva realm. According to Keown, the Deva realm in Buddhist practice in Southeast and East Asia includes Hindu gods like Indra and Brahma, as well as Hindu cosmological notions like Mount Meru.
- The manuya realm is the human realm. Because of one's prior karma, Buddhism claims that one is reborn in this realm with dramatically differing bodily endowments and moral natures. A rebirth in this realm is seen as fortunate since it provides the opportunity to achieve nirvana and bring the Sasra cycle to a stop.
- Demi-god realm (Asura): In Buddhism, the demi-gods (asuras) are the third realm of existence. Asuras are known for their rage and magical abilities. They attack the Devas (gods) or cause illness and natural disasters to the Manusya (humans). They are reborn after accumulating karma. Because there are legends of demi-gods fighting the Gods, they are sometimes considered one of the evil realms.
- The animal realm refers to a person's state of being an animal (tiryag). Because animals are supposed to be led by impulse and instinct in Buddhist teachings, they prey on each other and suffer, this realm is typically thought to be analogous to a hellish realm. Plants, according to some Buddhist teachings, are part of this realm and have rudimentary consciousness.
How can you experience the kingdom of God?
This is the seventh and last installment of a seven-part series on the Four Fields, a Kingdom-building method depicted in the lives of Jesus Christ and his disciples throughout the Bible. Continue reading the series.
We've been delving into Jesus' story of the growing seed in Mark 4:26-29 over the last few posts. We've realized as a group that this fable is far more than a basic story about a certain aspect of agricultural life.
These few phrases were used by Jesus to demonstrate the powerful process of Kingdom growth coming to completion.
“This is what the kingdom of God is like,” he added. Seed being strewn across the ground by a guy. The seed sprouts and grows at all hours of the day and night, regardless of whether he sleeps or wakes up. The soil generates grain on its ownfirst the stalk, then the head, and finally the whole kernel in the head. He puts the sickle to the crop as soon as it is mature, for harvest time has arrived.” -Matthew 4:26-29
For a plant to grow, it needs to have a point of origin, or a field. To disperse the seed, Jesus' disciples must go into fresh fields.
The field must then be soaked with seed so that some can germinate and be gathered. In their fields, Jesus' disciples must be diligent seed sowers with the message.
A healthy plant will sprout from a seed that has been resting in good soil. Growing plants in God's field, Jesus' disciples must be obedient in making other disciples.
The farmer will assemble the produced crops into a bundle after a season of growth. The church is made up of Jesus' disciples gathered in a group.
A handful of the developed plants will be held back by the farmer to begin a new harvest procedure. To witness multiplication, Jesus' disciples must raise up leaders to mimic the Kingdom expansion process.
How can we experience God's Kingdom today?
We can witness the “already” and “not yet” of His Kingdom coming as disciples of Jesus participate in this Kingdom growing process. As they follow Jesus and fish for men in each area, disciples are perpetually transformed by their obedience to Him. They can honor God as a church and have the privilege of assisting others in enabling Jesus to reign in their life.
“After that, I saw a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.' -Revelation 7:9-10 (NASB)
This lovely picture of God's Kingdom coming to completion is what the church can keep in mind as we work together to see this glorious moment come to pass.
We may be confident that our obedience to Jesus Christ is not in vain as we work to see Him exalted across the world. We may work to ensure that all nations, peoples, and tribes are aware of and adore Him. By simply doing what Jesus did on earth, we may actively participate in seeing this Kingdom flourish. To God be the praise!
About Four Fields
East-ministry West's model consists of four fields: entering new ministry fields, sharing the gospel, discipling new believers, gathering as a church, and creating leaders to continue the cycle. Based on Mark 4:26-29's Parable of the Growing Seed, we think this technique can be seen in Jesus' and his disciples' work and is ultimately driven by the Holy Spirit.