What is it?
Where is it?
Why is it?
Who made it?
When is it for?
Answer these questions, but do not rely on the things that a pastor,laymen, or parents have told you they were, but rely on yourself to search the scriptures for the answers. Do not just look at a verse as an answer, but let the answer be defined in the context that it is being used in, if it leads to a previous use in another context from someone else compare the two examples. Let the context and the allegory uses that they show you on the definition and use of the word “Heaven”.
Now, compare the understanding of the word “Heaven” that you already thought you knew, and the new definition of the word that you will see in its use now.
Hearing the use of a ‘definition’ or a concept in the bible over and over from someone, is not always to say that they are right in their knowledge in their use of the concept. It is thru our studying the scriptures, with the foundation of the time period, the society at the time, the perceived reality of God,(gods) that should all come together to understand the concept of anything that we read in the bible.
It has been an injustice for us as christians to use the scriptures, and used it as a continuing concept in our time and place.
It was being used for the people of the time, separate people with different ideals, but with the touching of us thru history and God’s Eternal Purpose that it is meant for us now!
If we could only see it!