Secrets of Bible - The Lost Heavens (PART-I)
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The Lost Heavens
An Enchanting Belief:
How charming and delightful is the image of immortal and eternal life of Heavens! The luxurious and carefree life after death, where there will be life and only life. None will have the concept of death. Happiness, bliss and comfort will be scattered all around. The gloom of woes, grief or sorrow won’t linger there. There will be magnificent palaces and castles made of precious stones and gems. Ambrosial food and necessities of life will be available without any struggle or toil. Lush green and blooming vales, twisting rills, singing waterfalls and lakes will be the jewel of that dream land. The evergreen trees of the orchards will be laden with luscious, scrumptious and mouth watering fruit. Rainbow colored and fragrant flowers will be blossoming in the bewitching gardens. The dainty birds will fill the hearts of the listeners with their soulful songs. Mother Nature will be kind enough to the dwellers of the land and there will be no rigors of seasons. Life will be at its prime without any fear of malady and aging. Drenched in youth, lustrous and delicately pretty nymphs will be showering the pleasures of life openly while the handsome and young male servants will be holding aloft the wine in crystal goblets. In brief, all the human wishes, desires and longings which remained unfulfilled in this frail world will be fulfilled in that infinite and endless life.
Effects on Human Psychology:
Anyone who is hopeful of attaining such life would obviously want to die sooner. We come to see that this fascinating image of Heavens has occupied the human senses since time unknown and has also been the favourite belief of most of the people. The concept of Heavens is not only found in the ancient religious legends, but has also been the subject of the literature of every era. But there is one problem; the person who can enter that world will be the one who wins the grace of his God. Thus we see that the worshippers, ascetics, saints, monks, mendicants and mystics of every era withdrew themselves altogether from the joys and luxuries of the mortal life and devoted their lives in worshipping their God in order to please Him and assure their place in Heavens. To satisfy Him, many passionate people massacred the enemies of God and sacrificed their own lives too. What multitude of people have been made away to please the God? Perhaps only the angels can keep the count of these lives. Who is the friend of God and who is His foe? It could never be decided. The religious history of humans tells us that every nation claimed itself to be the friend of God, while they believed that the other nations were born to fuel the fire of hell. Even today, the Jewish nation claims to have been the chosen ones as God bound His covenant with them. Therefore, they are the only nation who has the right over God. The Christians claim that Jesus Christ paid for all of their sins in his mortal life; therefore they will be the ones to rule the immortal Heavens. On the other hand, Muslims believe that the rest of the nations are sinners and polytheists, thereupon God will never be pleased with them and being monotheists, only they deserve the Heavens. Indians also believe that except them, all other nations are maleech (filthy) and defiled and their life hereafter is doomed. Who is right among these nations? It will obviously be decided by the God who is the Lord and Creator of these nations. But the decision will take place on the Day of Judgment.
Reality of the Bible’s Heavens:
It is usually believed that the concept of Heavens was first introduced by the book of Genesis, the Old Testament. What is the reality of Heavens mentioned in the book of Genesis? Were they a part of the land or sky? Let us try to find the answers to these questions.
Many scholars are of the opinion that the initial chapters of the book of Genesis were written in the land of Mesopotamia (present Iraq), in about 1400 BC, but it is certain that the concept of Heavens is much more ancient than the era in question. This concept is even older than the pre-historic epoch (i.e. 3200 BC). So obviously the concept of Heavens must have been borrowed from some other nation by the writer of the book of Genesis. Amazingly there are no details about the world of Heavens in this book. The interpreters of the book assumed on their own that Heavens are in the sky and it is the same world where the pious people will go after death. In the beginning of the book, it is said that God created the universe including earth, Heavens, sky, expanse, beings and living things in six days. Here we quote the statement of the book of Genesis about the creation of the first two days:
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.”
(1 / 1-8)
After reading these verses, a question which naturally rises in the researcher’s mind is, what had the writer declared as Heavens? Those Heavens cannot be a part of expanse because when they were created, expanse had no existence. The book clearly tells us that the Heavens, earth, day and night were created on the first day, whereas the expanse was created on the second day. Henceforth, the first day’s creation cannot be a part of the second day’s creation. We cannot imagine the sky without expanse, so Heavens can’t be a part of the sky either.
There is another issue worth noticing. The early man believed the blue sky to be a solid roof. This large blue umbrella cannot be taken as plural, whereas Heavens are usually used as plural and considered to be more than one. According to some religious traditions, they are seven. That is why even today many interpreters of the heavenly books consider the visible blue sky as a solid roof and insist that there are further six skies similar to it with expanse in between. But it seems to be their own supposition. We should keep in mind that the concept of Heavens was introduced in the eras when man was accustomed to believe in only what he could feel or see. He was mentally backward and could not believe in the unseen world. So if it is the fact of the matter that he also considered the seven heavens, they must have been visible to him. They must not have been a part of an unseen world.
In the light of this short discussion, we come to the conclusion that Heavens were not a part of expanse or sky. Then what and where was this fascinating and delightful world? According to the book of Genesis, the Heavens and earth were created together; therefore, we can suppose that the Heavens must have been a part of the earth. Another statement of the book of Genesis also supports this supposition. In the seventh chapter of the book of Genesis, we find the legend of the flood of Noah and here also we come across the mention of Heavens in the following words:
“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the Heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.”
(7 / 11-12)
In these verses, the following three sources of water, causing that great flood have been mentioned:
a) The springs of water burst forth from deeps of the earth.
b) The flood gates of the Heavens opened.
c) It started to rain from the expanse.
Here I have to point out that in the eleventh verse of seventh chapter, two sources of water have been mentioned, which are deeps of earth and floodgates of Heavens. In the twelfth verse of the same chapter the rain water is mentioned separately, which means that the Heavens and their floodgates were a part of the earth.
By Ghulam Akbar Malik
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