Where are the heavens?
About where the heavens are, not only astronomers are thinking, but believers all over the world. And if science gives one answer, then in the religious world there are as many as the religions themselves.
Heaven in Nature
The visible sky we perceive as flattenedhemisphere, "framed" by the horizon. In fact, above us - the vast airspace. It exists not only above the surface of our planet, but also over all objects in space.
The concept of "heaven" as a physical space -it is a heaven in the plural meaning, or an infinite continuation of the universe. The panorama that can be surveyed from other planets and satellites differs from the terrestrial sky in chemical composition and density of the atmosphere. This kind of cosmos is called extraterrestrial heavens.
Heaven in different religions of the world
According to the teachings of the Holy Fathers of the Orthodox Church,Heaven is a spiritual, not a material reality, therefore it is impossible to see them. The Kingdom of God is in a certain place in the sky, but it can not be calculated from the coordinates of the terrestrial space-time system. Before the fall of man, Paradise was on earth, in the Garden of Eden, now it is a heavenly abode, where only righteous souls can go.
Unlike the Orthodox, Catholics believe inThe presence of purgatory - the space between hell and paradise, intended for the purification of sinners. In Islam there is an analogue of such an intermediate place - Araf. In him souls, whose good deeds turned out to be equal to sinful ones, pray to Allah for mercy.
Buddhists to the question of where the Heavens are,answer that in airy palaces. In their opinion, they are located above the mountain peaks and consist of three spheres: the sphere of desire, the world of form and the world of nonform. In the world of form, there are 16 Heavens of the god Brahma. And so in each of the countless worlds: there is land, air, ocean and a multitude of heavens. Along with this, in Buddhism there is the concept of "Heaven sky". This is how nirvana is called - the state of supreme bliss, liberation from desires and sufferings. Thus, a person reaches Heaven as if within himself.
Over the seventh heaven
The Bible speaks of the presence of the third heaven, beforewho was admired by a believing young man, from which it can be concluded that there are several heavenly monasteries. But in the Talmud and the Koran, the sacred books of the Jews and Muslims, it is mentioned of the seven heavens. The distance between them is equal to a path lasting 500 years.
So, everyone chooses for himself where his heaven is - in an invisible world far behind clouds, in airy palaces behind mountain hills, or inside his heart.