How can humans become Angels if (Ecclesiastes 12:7) says "and dust returns to the ground it came from, and the Spirit returns to God who gave it" and (Ecclesiastes 3:20) "All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return."

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    This could be clarified if we understood where you were getting the "humans become angels" idea. What denominations/groups of doctrines believe this? Oct 10 '14 at 16:59
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    Most Christians would say that humans cannot become angels. What makes you think they can?
    – Flimzy
    Oct 10 '14 at 17:28

People don't become angels. No one* ever said they did.

  1. Angelos (Messenger) is a job, not a species. Angels are God's messengers, differentiated from prophets, in that they have spoken with God face to face.

  2. The most well known angel species (Cherubim and Seraphim) are different species than homo sapiens

  3. The source of the myth that people become angels is based on a misinterpretation that just isn't held.

*By "no one" of course I mean no one in a position to speak intelligently as to the scripture or traditions of the church. This is a folk belief, not a doctrine of any recognized denomination.

  • Might additionally be worth mentioning that it is not entirely clear if the author of Ecclesiates thinks that there is an afterlife of any kind (Ecclesiastes 9:5). Oct 11 '14 at 11:35
  • If you say angels are a species, then what species? Please remember species is a very specific term. Maybe look it up first or use another word like 'entity'. Well, thanks for the giggle anyways. Oct 11 '14 at 18:11
  • The species is merely identified as not Homo sapiens. If you follow my links you will find the non-Linnean names (Cherubim and Seraphim). Oct 12 '14 at 1:58

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