Originally posted by eatmybishop
you have to forgive me, the bible isnt one of my strong points, however, unless i'm mistaken in the o.t it states "god created the heavens and the earth"...
why did god create heaven at the same time, what was the point, didnt he spend his time here? also, wasnt it only after eve (adam?) sinned that the idea of heaven being a resting place for the go ...[text shortened]... adam and eve go to hell? if so, does that imply hell was created at the same time as heaven?
vistesd would be a good person to respond to this or at least edit what I put forth here.
If I'm not mistaking, the heavens in both Hebrew and Greek refer to space. From what I understand, the OT Jews believed there were several (7) layers of the heavens. God "occupying" the last one. As to the question of Hell being created at the same time as heaven
, "the heavens and the earth" are an example of a common Semitic use of language. By referring to extremes they are connecting everything in between. So, this verse could be understood as saying, "In the beginning, God created everything that is" including hell.
If God is non-corporeal, then He does not require a location to occupy. However, after the Hebrews left Egypt, He dwelt with them in the tabernacle (see Exodus through Samuel). Then, after Solomon had the temple built, God manifested His Presence within the "Most Holy Place." Then after repeated rebellion by the people, God sent the Babylonians to capture and exile the people. Later, they returned, but the Bible never says that God returned to the temple. Later, Jesus came as the Presence of God. Upon His death, the curtain in the temple that separated man from the "Most Holy Place" was torn into symbolizing that man had direct access to God through Jesus.
Yes, the idea of paradise separate from this earth started after the fall. But according to Revelation, the earth will be transformed into a new paradise: "a new heaven and new earth."
Also, I don't think Adam and Eve went to Hell. Again, the Bible says that sin must be paid for with blood. God killed an animal and gave them the skins to wear. This was foreshadowing that God would make a later sacrifice and give them a new clothing of sorts (righteousness).