Table of Contents
- What is Heaven?
- Where is Heaven?
- 4 Christian’s View of Where Heaven is
- Group 1: Believes heaven is above, up in the sky
- Group 2: Believes that heaven is here on earth
- Group 3: Believes Heaven is in two forms
- Group 4: Thinks there’s no such place as heaven
- How do I get to heaven?
- What does heaven look like?
- What is the purpose of heaven and hell?
You’re not the first to ponder on the question,” where is heaven?” I used to ask the same question until I learned that heaven is wherever God is; Everywhere.
Nevertheless, this question is controversial. Many people think heaven to be in so many other places due to some references in the Bible. We’ll get to that. But to start with,
What is Heaven?
As Christians, we believe in the Bible and what it says. It is the word of God, a life manual, and the guide to eternal life. The Bible lets us understand that when we die, judgment follows, and after which, we know where we’re going to spend eternity.
The options are “heaven or hell.” Matthew 25:34 said, “Then the King will say to those in his right, ‘ Come you who are blessed by my father take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.”
Heaven is a place of reward prepared by God the Father for all who have died doing His will. To this note, heaven is a reality. After death comes judgment, and righteous souls will depart from the unrighteous ones.
The righteous ones on the right hand of God will enjoy perpetual joy in paradise, while the unrighteous at the left hand of God will be thrown into hell, the abode of Satan, where they shall constantly burn in the furnace for all eternity.
Where is Heaven?
Heaven is certainly a place, but its exact location is still a mystery hidden from man. Nobody knows where heaven is. Perhaps, many people try to deduce for themselves a location due to what they’ve seen or thought.
4 Christian’s View of Where Heaven is
Group 1: Believes heaven is above, up in the sky
It is not wrong for you to think of heaven being up in the sky.
Matt: 3: 16-17 said, “As soon as Jesus got baptized, He went up out of the water. At that moment, heaven opened, and he saw the spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him. And a voice from heaven said, this is my son, whom I love; with him, I am well pleased”.
Heaven is the dwelling place of God. The voice of God came from above. That is an indication that heaven is up above the earth.
Christ’s Ascension in Acts: 1:9 is another reason to think heaven is above. Christ began to move up into the sky, overcoming gravity until he was no longer within sight. He has ascended to heaven. You can say that He has moved into the sky, where heaven is.
There are lots of verses in the Bible that refer to heaven as above and hell as below.
Thinking it right:
If you ask a little boy to produce a picture of the devil, he will draw a man with a pair of horns and a long tail with pronounced canine. Finally, he will use a black crayon to color his skin.
He believes that goodness is fine, but evil is ugly. This illustration is the same as discerning the location of heaven as up. God is the highest, you can’t think of Him as being anywhere else but up. It is the way the Bible wants us to understand it and avoid getting lost while pondering over the mystery.
God is the creator of man. He wants us to focus on the purpose of heaven other than its location. Heaven is said to be above the earth or up in the sky, that, when we think of it, we can imagine a place as white, serene, and beautiful as the sky.
A place you’d love to be at all costs. Funny enough, if heaven was to be in the sky, with the level of advanced technology today, the scientist would have discovered it and possibly made another access ticket other than living and dying right.
Group 2: Believes that heaven is here on earth
Jeremiah: 23: 23-24 ” I am a God who is near. “Declared the Lord.” I’m not a God far off. Can a man hide in hiding places so that I don’t see him? Declares the Lord. Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?”
They believe that Jesus shall come again. And when He comes, the unrighteous souls shall be taken to hell, while the earth will turn into a beautiful paradise where holy souls shall dwell. Matt: 4:7‘ from that time on, Jesus began to preach,” repent for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” The kingdom of God is near and in due time shall come down to earth.
Thinking it right:
Heaven is nowhere on the earth’s surface. Heaven is more of a spiritual place than a physical one. It is a mystery how heaven is everywhere, but that is the best way to think of heaven’s location.
Group 3: Believes Heaven is in two forms
In 2Cor:12:1-45, Paul describes heaven as the spiritual realm where God dwells. The first heaven. The second heaven is that also regarded as the sky, made during creation.
Thinking it right:
They believe that there is a heaven where God has prepared as a reward for his children. They also see the sky as heaven. For him, there are two different creations of God with the same name.
Group 4: Thinks there’s no such place as heaven
Because the Bible sees heaven from different views, many believe that heaven is not real. It is imaginary and is just a mere concept created that Christians may believe, and have more faith in God.
In Genesis 1:1, God created the heavens alongside earth. In this aspect, it is a creation of its own with stars and other things.
Subsequently, heaven is the dwelling place of God that houses God himself and the host of angels. Psalm 11:14” the Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne. His eyes watch closely; they examine the sons of men.
In Luke23:43 ” truly I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Heaven was called ‘paradise’ A paradise is more of a nice garden with lovely plants, nice weather, and a calm stream across and around. Now, you begin to picture heaven not as cloudy anymore but more like a beautiful garden.
The fact that there is no specific biblical description of heaven has made the last man believe heaven is not real, but a visionary place set to increase the Christian’s faith in God.
Thinking it right:
Heaven is real. Hell is real too.
John 14:2-3” if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you. I will go again to receive you unto myself, that where I am, there you shall be.”
How do I get to heaven?
First of all, the Bible recorded only two cases of people who went to heaven without dying. The case of Enoch in Gen:5:24 and that of Elija in 2kings:2. It isn’t normal.
A soul must transit from this life to be able to enjoy the next life. In other words, you must die in the will of God to get to heaven. Rev:21:27 ” nothing impure will enter it, not will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful but only those whose names are in the lamb’s book of life. It’s not just by dying; you must die pure.
You must die without sin to enter the kingdom of heaven. Eph 5:1-5 reminds us that anyone who sins does not have inheritance over the kingdom of God.
What does heaven look like?
Wherever it is and whatever it looks like doesn’t matter. It is a home of peace and love. A home where there’ll be no suffering or pain or anguish. A home where the host of angels and saints will constantly sing songs of praise and worship to the Lord. Rev:6:15-17 “Heaven will be filled with peace, joy, and praise.”
What is the purpose of heaven and hell?
God made them both; heaven and hell; Heaven as a reward, hell as a punishment.
When you die, you will face judgment based on how you lived your life on earth. If you lived right and died right, you’ll meet the heavenly father in his paradise, heaven where you shall rejoice for all eternity. If you lived wrong and died sinfully, you shall be thrown into the burning furnace of hell wherewith Satan you shall suffer for all eternity.
God created man to love and serve Him, but man failed. Through the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, man reconciled with God. Heaven and hell are sure to exist to remind Christians of the better course and keep Christians on the right track.
No GPS created by the scientist can tell us where heaven is. No verse of the Bible mentioned it either. You may think of heaven as being in the spiritual realm; you may think of it as being somewhere up above the earth. But truly, heaven is where God is; Everywhere. Bearing this in mind will help us a lot during prayers. God is with us everywhere, every day.
He is ready to answer us whenever we call. Think of him as a God who is constantly with us and not a God somewhere up in the sky. Matt 28:20″ and behold I am always with you till the end of ages.” God wants us to think of the purpose of heaven other than its location. Live right, love God and care for your neighbors, even the least of them, and you shall meet him wherever he is when you die.