How Far Is Heaven From Earth?
I’ve read that earthly telescopes, even the most sophisticated ones, can travel through space until they reach a black envelope through which no machine from the earth can ever pass, and they claim that on the other side of that envelope is where Heavenly Father God is. Do we have any concept of the distance we could cover if we decided to take a shuttle or something to paradise right away? I can’t wait to learn.
The Bible says that heaven is a physical location but doesn’t say how far it is from Earth. It’s unlikely that the Bible authors knew precisely how far heaven was from Earth. Perhaps the answer to this question is impossible for our finite minds to grasp. It’s a question we’ll have to leave up to our imaginations. For now, let’s look at some of the problems with trying to locate heaven in the sky.
The Bible doesn’t explicitly teach that heaven is far away from Earth.
The Bible doesn’t explicitly teach that heaven exists outside of Earth. However, it tells us that humans cannot go to heaven. The Bible mentions Enoch and Elijah as exceptions to this general rule. Genesis 5:24 mentions Enoch as a man who “walked with God” but does not specify whether he was alive or where God took him. The Bible also mentions Elijah as being taken towards “shamayim” – heaven or the sky.
In the Old Testament, God warns people against worshipping the gods of the peoples around them. This passage refers to both near and far-off gods. It also warns against worshiping the gods of “gods” at the ends of the Earth. This passage focuses on idiomatic language and isn’t intended to be a literal translation.
Religions have different conceptions of heaven.
In religious traditions, heaven is a transcendent, supernatural realm. There is no clear, objective definition of heaven, but the concept is essentially the same: a place where gods, angels, and souls live. Humans, too, can ascend to heaven in the afterlife, but their conception of heaven is different from that of others. Here, we’ll look at different conceptions of heaven from different religions.
For Muslims, heaven was a better place than Earth and had elaborate gardens, carpets, banquets, cooling drinks, sex, and many heavenly creatures. However, Muslim spiritual leaders realized that the human mind has trouble forming concepts such as heaven. On the other hand, Sufis believed heaven was Allah’s presence. Despite the differences between Muslim and Jewish conceptions of heaven, there are some general similarities.
Judaism and Christianity differ in their beliefs about what happens after death. Christians believe that the soul lives on and waits for judgment day, while Catholics believe in purgatory. However, neither of the two groups is sure of what happens to their bodies after death. The Muslim belief is that the soul continues to live after death, though it does not know the exact details.
Hell is a place of torment and suffering. Christians call it ‘hell,’ and in the New Testament, hades is the common term for Hell. Jesus also uses the term Gehenna. The Book of Revelation indicates that those not recorded in the Book of Life will be thrown into the lake of fire, where Death and Hades also reside. So, while religions may have different ideas about heaven, the concept remains a common theme.
Americans are more likely to believe in either heaven or Hell than non-Christians. For example, Mormons and historically black Protestant denominations believe in heaven, while fewer than a quarter of religiously affiliated people believe in both. Only 82% of evangelical Protestants believe in Hell. By contrast, Catholics, Orthodox Christians, and mainline Protestants believe in heaven and Hell. So, which one of these is right for you?
Christianity and Judaism believe that the soul continues to exist after death and is reincarnated at death. After death, it is determined by God’s will. However, we are not good enough to merit immediate happiness or eternal misery. Thus, Catholicism developed the concept of purgatory, in which people could expiate their sins. And while there are no strict rules defining whether someone can go to heaven, the question remains: “Does heaven exist?”
Problems with locating heaven in the sky
Trying to locate heaven in the sky has its problems. For one thing, before airplanes, humans couldn’t reach the heavens. But going underground is relatively easy. In cultures where the dead were buried, it would have been entirely plausible for the dead to live in a kingdom below the ground. The caves of Earth are evidence of such a kingdom. And the New Testament does mention heaven, as well as heavens.