Where is Heaven?

In my recent conversations with conservative Christians regarding the story of the Ascension of Jesus, they snicker at the idea that early Christians believed that Heaven is “beyond the stars”, and that early Christians, including the author of Luke and Acts, believed that Jesus ascended to Heaven by going above and beyond those stars.   These modern, conservative Christians believe that Heaven is another “world”, which is another way of saying, “Heaven is in another dimension”.  One of these conservative Christians recently told me that Jesus ascended into the clouds to prove to his disciples that he was going to Heaven, but once he got into the clouds, he entered “another world”—another dimension.  I don’t buy it.  Does the Bible, anywhere say or even suggest that Heaven is in another dimension?  I believe that this concept is just one in a long line of modern conservative Christian inventions to maintain their belief in an error-riddled, scientifically ignorant, ancient holy book.

The Bible always talks about Heaven as being “up”.  If Heaven is in another dimension, why refer to another dimension as “up”?

If anyone has any information on what the earliest Christians believed about the location of Heaven (and Hell), please share in the comment section below.

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Bible Prophecy Research
Title: Heaven
Submitted by: research-bpr@philologos.org
Date: October 1, 1998
URL: http://philologos.org/bpr/files/h002.htm

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“The question is asked, Where is Heaven located? I can only say that somewhere in the spacious and infinite arena above this world is a place where God is and this is Heaven. The Bible speaks of ‘coming up into heaven’ (Rev 4:1) and of Christ being ‘taken up from you into heaven’ (Acts 1:11). From these Bible verses we know that Heaven is in an upward direction and not on the surface of this earth. It is above and outside of this earth, away in space.

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“Another very interesting portion of the Bible is Psalm 75 where we read these words: ‘When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly…For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge’ (75:2,6,7). Here we have the implication that the throne of God, where He judges the congregation is in the north since it is not in the east, the west, nor in the south as stated in verse six.
“And let us be quick to realize that north is in the same direction from every point on our earth. It is the same from Africa as it is in America. It is the same from England as it is in Europe. North is always up everywhere on this earth. And get this, astronomers having directed their telescopes to the northern area of the sky have discovered an empty space, where there are no stars. It is like a tunnel in the sky beyond which there seems to be another Milky Way. All of this Biblical and scientific evidence that Heaven is in the northern area of the sky reminds me of the words of Job who said: ‘He stretcheth out the north over the empty place’ (Job 26:7) and Ezekiel who declared regarding the glory of Jehovah: ‘And I looked, and behold, a whirlwind came out of the north’ (Eze 1:4).
“So there you have some of the facts regarding Heaven. It is a real place. It is in an upward direction. It is beyond the stars, the clouds, and other planets. It is located in the northern area of the sky. It is known as the ‘Heaven of heavens.'”

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