When one gets caught up in the idea that Genesis has to be literal, or gets caught up in the idea that heaven must be a real place with real physical angels and a real physician throne; then they are missing the entire point of the passages and in fact, are thinking way too much like Westerners and too much like the Jews or Muslims.
What on earth are you talking about here? Heaven isn’t real? Angels aren’t real? Really? I became Orthodox because I believed it was the true and original Church, and now I find people saying stuff like this! The modern age of ignorance masked as intelligence. I can only shake my head as this type of foolishness has found its way into even Orthodoxy. So very sad. What next? God isn't real, rather a word used to describe unity within the universe? Good grief!
As I've said before, you're thinking far too much like a Westerner.
If we want to talk about "reality", it is proper to say that God isn't even "real", he is beyond all reality.
As for Heaven, heaven is not a real place. Heaven and hell are not physical places. This is actually a Western Christian idea that confused the ancient terms for Sheol & Hades for the post-resurrectional "Hell". Heaven & Hell are words to denote the temporary state of our souls until the Day of Judgement. The souls of the righteous departed are in the "presence" of God (remember God doesn't have a body, Jesus the Word does, but the Father & Holy Spirit don't) where some of his glory is revealed to them, and they experience a foretaste of what they will experience on the day of judgement. The same is for those who are unrighteous, they are exposed to a little bit of the glory of God, experiencing a foretaste of what will be coming at the Day of Judgement. Also, the state of the unrighteous is not permanent, but because their souls are separated from their bodies, they cannot do anything to affect their own salvation. Our prayers improve their state, the grace of God burns them less and less, and they are able to see more of his glory as illumination. When the Day of Judgement comes, they may receive it as glory, or they may refuse to accept him and receive it as an ever-consuming fire.
We don't "go" to heaven or "go" to hell, as they aren't places, they are states of our souls (which are not physical things).
Angels are also not "real" in the sense you and I think of reality. They are bodiless hosts, they have no physicality, but can manifest themselves to us in physical appearance on earth.
Kerdy, I think you may need to take a step back, and look at what the Orthodox Church & it's Fathers say about things. What I'm saying is not "new-age" and it isn't new within Orthodoxy, in fact it is pretty old. For Western Christians like you and I, some of these things are pretty hard to comprehend, just like Iconography and the Theotokos. But you learn that it is far more biblical than the Western ideas that began to be popularized in medieval times and especially after the writing of Dante's Inferno and Roman Catholic teachings about heaven, hell, judgement etc...