Years ago I was flipping through television channels and a well-dressed older gentleman with a resonant voice on a nice set was talking about the constellation Orion. With some beautiful images from Mount Palomar Observatory ( this was years before Huddle ) he made a startling claim:
“Heaven is inside the Gates of Orion.”
This held my attention until the end. Heaven is inside the Orion Constellation was an idea which I had never heard before, certainly not in Sunday School.
I always imagined that Heaven was in some astral plane separated from our physical universe. To hear someone say that it was part of our galaxy was a bit far out.
Of course, I was young and did not have the scientific knowledge that I possess now after taking astronomy at the university and reading numerous articles and books on cosmology as well as watching television programs and attending lectures on space and time.
The Orion area of our galaxy is a fascinating place. Based on what we know it is a cosmic nursery where new stars are being born. In essence cosmic creation is a constant there.
It is about 1600 light years from earth. This means if you traveled at the speed of light (299,792,458 meters per second or 186,282 miles per second) it would take you 16 centuries to reach the outer rim of Orion. However Orion is hundreds of light years across.
The Babylonians, Egyptians, Hebrews, Greeks, Romans, Muslims, Asians and Europeans have Orion mentioned in their beliefs and stories. Orion has held a special place in mythology. More references about the mythology and its cosmic significance are in the links below.
Going back to the gentleman on the television screen and his belief about Heaven being located in Orion, it begs the question—is it possible? Based on what we know of the cosmos and its size, why would Heaven be located in our galaxy and so far from earth?
To me, based on my understanding of the concept of heaven as mentioned in Scriptures, it exists outside of our physical plane. In university I asked a French physicist with his doctorate from Caltech about this concept of heaven. He felt like I did that heaven was outside of our physical plane.
However, he said that he had studied the description of the New Jerusalem in the Book of Revelation and based on its dimensions, it resembled a perfect cube. What this means on a cosmic scale is worth pondering if you have an interest.
Let me just toss out an idea. Perhaps, heaven is a multidimensional reality where life exists on various planes of existence.
Of course, all of this is mere speculation based on belief. If one does not subscribe to belief in the hereafter, then this is just mere foolishness or wasted mental effort.
Question: what do you believe about heaven—its location, its reality, etc.? Who knows what lies beyond the corridors of Orion?
Just a pondering on this Spring day in 2013…
G. D. Williams © 2013
Orion Constellation in Hα L R V B
Orion The Hunter
The nebulae in Orion are all part of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex, one of the most active star-forming regions in the sky. The cloud is hundreds of light-years across in size and lies between 1,500 and 1,600 light-years away from Earth. It appears very bright in infrared wavelengths.