Answer: Heaven is most certainly a real place. The Bible very definitely speaks of heaven’s existence—and access to heaven through faith in Jesus Christ—but there are no verses that give us a Mapquest-style location. The short answer to this question is, “heaven is where God is.” The place referred to in this question is called the “third heaven” and “paradise” in 2 Corinthians 12:1-4, where the apostle Paul tells of a living man who was “caught up” to heaven and was unable to describe it. The Greek word translated “caught up” is also used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 in describing the rapture, wherein believers will be caught up to be with the Lord. These passages have led to the conclusion that heaven is beyond the earth’s airspace and beyond the stars.

However, since God is spirit, “heaven” cannot signify a place remote from us which He inhabits. The Greek gods were thought of as spending most of their time far away from earth in sort of a celestial equivalent of the Bahamas, but the God of the Bible is not like this. He is always near us when we call on Him (James 4:8), and we are encouraged to “draw near” to Him (Hebrews 10:1, 22). Granted, the “heaven” where saints and angels dwell has to be thought of as a sort of locality, because saints and angels, as God’s creatures, exist in space and time. But when the Creator is said to be “in heaven,” the thought is that He exists on a different plane from us, rather than in a different place.

That God in heaven is always near to His children on earth is something which the Bible expresses throughout. The New Testament mentions heaven with considerable frequency. Yet, even with this frequency, detailed description of its location is missing. Perhaps God has intentionally covered its location in mystery, for it is more important for us to focus on the God of heaven than the description or location of it. It is more important to know the why than the where. The New Testament focuses on the purpose of heaven more than telling us what it is like or where it is. We have seen that hell is for separation and punishment (Matthew 8:12; 22:13). Heaven, on the other hand, is for fellowship and eternal joy and, more importantly, worshipping around the throne of God.



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  • Drew says:

    Non catholics will always be against to the teaching of our holy catholic church which is truly founded by JesusChirst.. let those people who always opposes the true church will soon be opened their eyes that they were being misled by their belief as protestant or to whatever denominations they belong to that the true church is the catholic church.. because your interpratation of the bible is so different and misleading..

  • Big Teacher says:

    Having read your article the following is clear. You have no idea where heaven is. You should follow the Baha’i faith. It is the only true faith.

  • i am thank full you told me where heaven is where god is thank you so much amen

  • Alyssa says:

    I have a question…when refilling my own Holy Water bottle from the Baptismal Font in my church, is this true Holy Water? My priest told me it is but to refill from the top of the font. My church used to have a drum receptacle labeled Holy Water,but no more. I was under the impression the water in the font was plain water & was only Holy during the Baptism ceremony. TY in advance for a response.

    • Térèsa Gjernes says:

      When the water is blessed by a priest or decion it becomes holy water, thus it stays holy water. The water in the baptismal font is always going to be holy…other wise the water would not be there.
      He may have said refill from the top of the font because, let’s face it water that sits in the same place will grow bacteria around the edges/bottum of its container.
      It’s always good to ask questions though for example: the little boy who prayed devoutly “hail Mary full of grapes…” In the catechism class I teach or the women who asked:
      “Why do we say ‘oh my God I am hardly sorry that I have offended thee..’?”
      It’s all in the details. (:
      God bless!

  • Alan Thomas says:

    It’s physically described in Revelations, dimensions are provided

  • Kate says:

    Jesus explains the answer in the Gospel of Thomas saying 3.

  • K P Anand says:

    It is the Earth because the Lords prayer states “the kingdom come”…

    • Tasha says:

      Finish it. It begins with praying to our father who is in Heaven. Then it says your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…..
      Completely separating the two.

  • carmencita ganados says:

    find it in your heart and believe in him (GOD) then you don’t need to ask this kind of question anymore. if God wan’t too, he will lead you the way to your questions. if you are the chosen one?. many have called but few were chosen.

  • Lilia Agor says:

    Heaven is a Spiritual place where we cannot simply see with our mortal being , just us the Holy Spirit ,we cannot see but we can feel it’s presence if we have faith.

  • Bill DeGeorge says:

    It is true, Heaven is a real place. I believe the 3rd Heaven exists outside of creation, because of that, Heaven can be both near and far. Regardless of where the location of heaven is, God is omnipresent, even as God is in Heaven, He is also close enough to you to hear
    your whispered prayer…

  • Fabian says:

    God is good

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