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Remember the songs we used to sing in the Revival Centres about meeting the Lord in the sky? Has anyone ever stopped to think about this and how it reflects an ancient and archaic view that heaven is in the sky?Of course now we know that the sky does not contain another land where the streets are paved with gold...rather it is simply our atmosphere and beyond that is the vast expanse of space.But the Bible writers didn't know that. They thought that if you go high enough then you'll see where God lives...aka HEAVEN.Many religions of antiquity believed that heaven was in the sky, not just Christiantiy. Anyone remember theMonkeyTV show on the ABC in the 80s? Monkey used to fly on his cloud car and go up to see gods and the Buddha form time to time in their cities in the clouds. Egyptians, Bablylonians, etc all believed that heaven was in the sky. This is why they put their temples and altars in the 'high places'...closer to heaven.The Bible talks of Elijah being carried up to heaven, Jacob sees his ladder going UP to heaven, and yes, even Jesus went UP.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)Hello? Where did he go? Mars? Or was Jesus simply aware of the fact that the silly 1st century Jews knew nothing about the universe and so 'played along' by ascending? You see, the people of ancient times believed that God lived in the sky and the early Christians were no different, so their stories told of Jesus heading UP.And of course, where will he come from when he returns? The sky. Apparently we're going to have a meeting up there on judgement day. Watch out for planes and satellites. Worse still, where will everyone sit? On clouds?Selah...
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Re:"And we'll be caught up to meet him in the air..."

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Maybe he took off in his rocket or something? (Erich Von Daniken style)!

There are so many fantastic tales that mankind seems preoccupied with. What's true, what's not, I dunno! And ya know what? It doesn't bother me!


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Remember the songs we used to sing in the Revival Centres about meeting the Lord in the sky? Has anyone ever stopped to think about this and how it reflects an ancient and archaic view that heaven is in the sky?

I've always thought that about the 'sky' as well... Moses had to go up the mountain to meet up with God (which seems a bit unfair).

In the Baptist/AOG/Penty church I went to last year I had a big problem conforming to the whole 'raising up your hands' thing. I didn't percieve God to be on the roof or physically above me at all. Of course raising hands in a church hall felt very liberating, but then again so would public streaking.

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Reply to : Te Luo Yi - aka Mr JRemember the songs we used to sing in the Revival Centres about meeting the Lord in the sky? Has anyone ever stopped to think about this and how it reflects an ancient and archaic view that heaven is in the sky?I've always thought that about the 'sky' as well... Moses had to go up the mountain to meet up with God (which seems a bit unfair).In the Baptist/AOG/Penty church I went to last year I had a big problem conforming to the whole'raising up your hands'thing. I didn't percieve God to be on the roof or physically above me at all. Of course raising hands in a church hallfelt very liberating, but then again so would public streaking.





You might be as interested as I was to find out that a couple of words for praise in Hebrew and Greek mean something like to stretch forth one's hands. That's where the practice comes from.

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You might be as interested as I was to find out that a couple of ...

That's true.  It was a big thing in Pentecostal circles to know that one.  The idea of praising with raised hands is Biblical.  The RCs got it totally wrong when they bagged the idea of rasing hands as being unBiblical.

But this then begs the question, why raise your hands?  Is it a stretching forth toward God who is in heaven in the sky?  Is this a physical expression of the archaic belief that God lives in the clouds?

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