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IS HEAVEN AN UTOPIA OR EUTOPIA

The Civil Writer Magazine

Utopia means “no place or a place that can't or doesn't exist”. Eutopia according to its etymological roots means “A place of ideal well-being.” The concept name Utopia was created by Sir Thomas More in 1516 as the title of his book, Utopia, was a fictional description of an island that had the qualities of perfection.

The Garden of Eden and Heaven are religious places considered Eutopias that exist in inter-religious groups. The word Heaven in Hebrew is Shamayim (שָׁמַיִם), (literally heavens, plural), Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens (H8604) and the earth, meaning to be lofty; the sky (as aloft; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds {move} as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve). No definition relays the meaning where man goes to after death although it is part of two Abrahamic religion's doctrines.

Now, typically the idea of heaven in the afterlife is where everything is perfect. A place where, in basic terms, you don't have to worry about anything, all the work is done for you and all you have to do is enjoy yourself in the presence of God. I understand there might be differing ideas about the exact nature of heaven and to accept it as an Eutopia brings a civility to people. Heaven (G3772) becomes a singular word in the New Testament to mean the abode of God. So it is assumed that when Jesus says. "I go and prepare a place for you" you draw the conclusion it is where God is. Is he? Nobody in the Bible brought back to life by Jesus has ever spoken of heaven.