Why is it common for religious people to think that God is “up there”? Why is God associated with the sky?

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Why is it common for religious people to think that God is “up there”? Why is God associated with the sky?

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Mostly because since ancient time we have looked to the sky or “heavens” as a source of wonder and astonishment. There was a point where anything natural like lightning or rain would be associated with some kind of god. The fact that we could not explore the sky until very recently is what added to the illusion. Humans are very keen to jump to conclusions when we don’t understand something it’s a kind of defence mechanism for understanding our “place” within this realm. It was easier to assume god was watching and judging from a place we couldn’t reach.

Genesis 1: God created the heaven and the earth. Psalm 11: The Lord’s throne is in heaven.

A lot of it comes from the language. “As above, so below” (paraphrasing Matt 6:10).

Cast ‘down’ to hell. Raised ‘up’ to heaven.

It’s spiritual, not physical, but the imagery sticks.

For a long time, the sky was pretty much unreachable. And to stop people from going somewhere and looking for god, everyone just said he lives in the sky, above the clouds.
Also, the sky was always something people didn’t understand and were impressed by