Where is Heaven?
Where is Heaven?
Ooh, baby, do you know what that's worth?
Ooh heaven is a place on earth
Tower of Babel - Did it threaten to reach Heaven?
And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
Genesis 11:4-9, Bible, KJV
Christ's ascension - following the resurrection, Christ is described as flying up into Heaven bodily.
And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
Acts 1:9-11, Bible, KJV
After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.
Mark 16:19, Bible, KJV
While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.
Luke 24:51, Bible, KJV
Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.“ And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.
Revelation 11:12, Bible, KJV
Elijah goes “up” to Heaven.
As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.
2 Kings 2:12, Bible, KJV
The Rapture - the saved anticipate flying skyward bodily.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, Bible, KJV
Observation has spoken conclusively on what is above us: gradations of increasingly light gasses, followed by an inhospitable vacuum. Many more stars, moons, planets, solar systems, galaxies, nebulas and so on, join us in space. For iron age people, though, for whom looking up at the sky was the limit of one's knowledge of it, placing something beyond it for them would have been like placing something beyond the universe, or beyond the known dimensions would be for us. It is a point beyond our observable experience, and a gap in our respective bases of knowledge. In light of what we now know about the sky, the atmosphere, space, it has become popular, if not essential, to identify Heaven under more modern theoretical terms: as a dimension. However, it poses a problem for the supposed accounts of what are meant to be actual ascensions. If it doesn't follow that reaching an extra-dimensional place would begin with floating upward, beyond the clouds, would a real account of such an event have recorded it as such?
It would make absolute sense for the people of the day to view the sky as an end -- as it was the end of their experience and knowledge of the universe. Any story one were to concoct at the time could easily take for granted that the sky literally lead to Heaven. But if we attempt to update that idea, we must either doubt their experience, doubt their sincerity, or take liberties in interpretation we have no justification taking.
A couple mainstream mentions of an extra-dimensional Heaven
Heaven -- Where Is It? How Do We Get There?
The New Heaven