The ancients seemed to think that Heaven was above the sky in all directions and Hell was below. We now know enough to realize this is silly – but where is Heaven?
We now know the sky is full of planets. Could Heaven be on another planet?
Some physical models suggest there could be parallel universes just centimeters away from us but in a dimension we can’t move in. Could Heaven be in another M-brane?
Some physical models suggest there could be forms of matter all around us with its own set of forces, but sharing no forces with us and able to interact only through gravity. Cosmological measurements seem to corroborate this idea. Could Heaven be made of dark matter?
Others have suggested that Heaven is not a place at all, but a state of being. Wherever Jesus is, there too is the Kingdom of God. Since Jesus lives in us, Heaven is everywhere we go. Perhaps the best way to characterize it is to say that Heaven is the future, as the world is gradually renewed by love until we finally have Heaven-on-Earth.
Not having been to Heaven yet myself, I can’t be absolutely certain that it exists. Those who claim to have been there could easily have been suffering hallucinations arising from oxygen deprivation. Still, I have on rare occasions had a taste of God where I knew I was part of something much bigger. I know God exists. Perhaps that is what also happened to these others while they were experiencing severe trauma bringing them close to death – and maybe being connected to God that way is all that Heaven is.
What do you think?
My name is Dan. I am an author, artist, explorer, and contemplator of subjects large and small.