Ever since I was a little tyke I have heard people say go up to Heaven or down to Hell.
Up and down would seemingly have its relationship to the surface of the Earth, and while down in that case can only mean toward the center of the Earth; Up would be relative to where you were on the surface of the Earth.
In the Bible Jesus himself appears to fortify that assumption in:
John 3:12 and 13 KJV If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
and again in:
John 20:17 KJV Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
Luke 24:51 KJV And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
So then if up is in relation to the spot where Jesus ascended from, would up on the opposite side of the Earth still be toward the clouds or would it be in the opposite direction?
It would seem more logical to me ascending and descending would be more in line with being closer to God or further away from him.
Has this been addressed before by any denomination, Theology, or Biblical Scholar?