We know that Angels were created before Man. Trinity is uncreated and eternal i.e: sempiternal.

Could Angels and Demons be killed or die or lose their life according to Orthodox Christianity i.e: Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant?

I mean by death complete loss of both consciousness and memory. I mean by a life being both conscious and has a memory. This memory may be even one minute.

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    "We know that Angels were created before Man" We don't know that actually. As to your question, what do you mean by "life" and "death" in regards to angels and demons?
    – curiousdannii
    Jan 11, 2020 at 0:24
  • What like annihilated? Only a few denominations believe in absolute death. JWs teach that Satan and his demons will one day be annihilated.
    – Kris
    Jan 11, 2020 at 1:28
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    In Catholic teaching, death is the separation of the soul from the body. Since angels and demons are spiritual beings with no bodies, they cannot die; indeed the notion of "death" makes no sense for purely spiritual entities. Jan 11, 2020 at 18:35
  • @AndreasBlass for me Death is loss of both consciousness and memory. What is the meaning of spiritual being with no body?
    – salah
    Jan 11, 2020 at 18:43
  • @salah "Spiritual being with no body" means pure spirit. I added the redundant phrase "with no body" to emphasize why it makes no sense to talk about pure spirits (like angels or demons or God) dying. Jan 11, 2020 at 18:54

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First of all, you must know what death means.

According with the above definition (courtesy of St. Gregory Palamas), you will see that there are two deaths.

Perhaps we must stress here, before answering, that both Angels and Demons in your text are ...Angels, because Devil is not a definition of species but a definition of behavior.

Because angels (good and bad) are incorporeal they are not subject of the first death.

So, since devils are good by nature but evil in intention, they are the only ones from the angels which suffer the second death.

Bonus point #1: Any intelligent entity (angel, human soul) is eternal by God's grace. It will not cease to exist.

Bonus point #2: Humans are the only ones which are subjects to the first death (all of us) and, possibly, subjects of the second death (God forbid!).

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