Jesus said the Kingdom of God is within you.
Immediately before that in Luke 17 there is a passage about 10 lepers that are healed. I protested to the Lord about some of this:
11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
“What is with You here Lord?” I practically shouted out while driving my car to work the other day and listening to an audio bible on my smartphone. “You told them to go and show themselves to the priests. They were obeying You and yet You commend the one who doesn’t and reprimand the ones that do what You told them!” On top of that they were obeying the law also. What did they do wrong?
I don’t know if you watch the Big Bang Theory. I don’t actually, just seen an episode or two (no really). Well anyway in it there is this character called Sheldon. He is very bright but has no cop on at all. He can’t see why the most obvious things are wrong. No matter what you say to him he will take it up literally and answer according to exactly what you say, truthfully every time (I watch it just to experience the cringes). When I thought of it, my reaction to that passage was a lot like the way Sheldon might have reacted.
Any child with any sort of manners would think it obvious to give thanks to the one who made him well. Why didn’t the others respond from their hearts instead of just religion? Had their religion made them miss the obvious?