What is the Difference Between Paradise and Heaven?

The difference between these two words is not very significant; they are both used as synonyms and, interestingly enough, they are about equally popular.

One important difference is that heaven is often used in its plural form (heavens), while you rarely see the word paradises being used anywhere.

In other words, heavens is a much more popular word than paradises.

Examples: The foundations of the heavens shook; the marriages in the heavens are different from marriages on the mortal plane; God’s presence in the heavens is absolute.

Paradise is a word that comes from the Old French paradis, from the Greek paradeisos and the Latin paradisus.

In the Septuagint, it is implied that paradise also means “Garden of Eden”.

A few examples of paradise in action: We will be detained in paradise until we get rid of our sins; we are in this paradise to seek the Tree of Life; within this paradise, we shall find absolution.

Heaven comes from the Old English word heofon.

For those who study the bible and such, heaven can also be used to refer to the place where God and his angelic companions dwell.

Examples: Heaven is a place that gently removes all misconceptions and guides you to the one true path; heaven is already in you; you can find heaven by living a righteous life.

Overall, linguistically and grammatically, you should not worry too much about which of the two words you use.

The only real thing to take into account is that the plural of paradise is very rarely used (except in the context of very nice places, such as tropical paradises).

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