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Im totally confused. Are you saying the Bible says there is a physical place and that Jesus will return in the clouds or are you saying it does not say that? They are metaphors or they are meant to be interpreted literaly?
Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.
And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven. Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away.
There are books that are widely symbolic in their text such as "Revelations" then there are others that are clear and plain in their words such as the Gospels.
1God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.
2How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
3Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
4Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
5They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
6I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
7But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
8Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.
To the OP: You say that the Catholic Church is at the root of it all, but all of those examples you described in your original post are evangelical or charismatic. How does that work?
but I don't see their presence in the modern age as being anywhere near as prolific as some of the more "enthusiastic" Protestant denominations.