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A Heaven for a Solitary God

Author : Tom Graneau

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In a previous post, The Origin of God: The Master of the Universe, I indicated that God lived in the dark void that occupied space. He was alone, quiet, invisible, and resourceful. More importantly, he was the central element that held the darkness together.

In the solitary life-state, time was of no consequence. There was no beginning, which means that the condition was infinitely established, placing God in a state of perpetual existence.

Venturing into something new

No one will ever know nor does it matter, why God chose to abandon his original environment for something new. We could assume that he was planning the affairs of the universe long before it happened. It is also possible that he had a sudden drive to reshape the atmosphere around him and to create something new. Whatever the reason, he began a series of actions that did not stop until all the pieces of the universe came together perfectly.

In the first verse of the Bible, we read the following: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). The text is concise and factual. It makes a statement as a matter of conclusion but provides no detail about these events. The distinctive reality is that at a certain time, long before anything existed, the heavens and the earth were constructed by God. The verse also implies that these places did not exist before that specific time, which means that their formation automatically established the beginning of all things, including “time” itself.

The formation of heaven

The intriguing thing is that though the Bible provides consequential data about the process of building the earth and its companion elements, it gives little details about the formation of heaven itself. Even so, the same book provides evidence indicating its existence and purpose. Consider the following statement: “Thus says the Lord: ‘heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool…’” (Isaiah 66:1). Principally, heaven is God’s abode. As such, it stands above the earth in terms of rank or position and represents a place of supreme power, largely because of the one who dwells there.

The following verse essentially says the same thing, except in this case both heaven and earth are mentioned, suggesting that they both had a point of origin: “For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it…” (Isaiah 45:18). Here, God is identified as the sole architect and builder of both entities and takes credit for their establishment during an undefined time in history when he was alone.

Knowing that heaven exists but having no record of the specific period when it was erected, we have no choice but to assume the obvious possibility. Bible context seems to indicate that it was built long before earth came into existence. This makes sense on several counts: First, as alluded to earlier, nothing else was mentioned about the development of heaven when God undertook the task of creating the cosmic world; second, though we established the fact that he did not need a heaven for his continued survival, it seemed that he needed a place of his own (a command center or throne) from which to perform the rest of his acts; third, the construction of heaven required more than carving out a specific location in the universe for his abode. It included the creation of other life forms such as angels to inhabit the place. These give the impression that things had to be established in a certain fashion before God ventured into the formation of the rest of the cosmic world.

Where is heaven?

All Bible references indicate that heaven is above the earth. One of these references portrayed Jesus lifting his eyes and praying: “Our father which are in heaven…” (Matthew 6:9). Others express the idea that God “looks down” on us from heaven, suggesting that he is elevated above the earth in a positional sense. However, the exact distance between these two realms is hard to say.

What is certain is that heaven is a spiritual place. This means that its presence is obscured from all physical and natural probing and that no flesh (living human beings) can occupy it. The reality is that only spiritual beings such as God and angels can live there.

At the same time, God has made provisions in heaven for redeemed human souls: “I go to prepare a place for you,” said Jesus to his disciples, “and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself…where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2-3). This evolution will take place after the redeemed is pass on from this life to the next.

So in reality, though God originally created heaven as his own dwelling place, he has made room in it to accommodate others—specifically people who have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ.

What are your thoughts on the matter?

Do you see yourself joining your Lord and Savior (Jesus Christ) in heaven someday? What are you doing to make this a reality?

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