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They are spiritual beings often depicted as messengers of God in the Old Testament and New Testament. There are also fallen angels, who chose to follow Satan.

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Did Israelites ever think that Egyptian gods were part of Yahweh's heavenly/divine council?

I came across an article that described how Dr. Michael Heiser shows that sections of scripture such as Psalm 82 talk about the Hebrew God as the head of a divine council of elohim, i.e. gods. So did ...
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Who was the angel of the LORD that stops Abraham from carrying out the sacrifice?

And what is the name of this angel of the LORD, who later also made many other appearances, but only in the Old Testament?
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Were the angels a bit too harsh with the disciples post-Resurrection and post-Ascension?

We see in Luke 24 how the angels at the empty tomb of Jesus post-Resurrection, put a point blank question to the confused women disciples: Why are you searching for the living among the dead? Going ...
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According to Catholicism, can an entire nation be possessed by a demon? [duplicate]

Nations have guardian angels; but, according to Catholicism, can an entire nation be possessed by a demon? Catholic perspective on this question
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What are the tongues of angels in comparison to the tongues of men?

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. (1st Corinthians 13:1 KJV) Is there a Greek or Hebrew root wording to ...
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Can a nation be under the control of a demon?

In the helpful answers to my other question, Do all nations have guardian angels?, it was determined that nations can indeed have a guardian angel. But according to the Catholic Church, can a nation ...
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Where were Satan and his angels when God devastated the Earth during Noah's Flood?

There is no doubt that angels (both the Holy and the Fallen) had a strong influence in the antediluvian world. Satan was the serpent of Eden. But, during Noah's Flood, where was he, what was he and ...
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Are there any passages in Early Christian literature that discuss angels and pagans?

Are there any passages in Early Christian literature that discuss angels and pagans? Are there any statements that suggest that angels were created specifically by God only for Christians and not for ...
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Are Zerachiel and Sariel the same angel (according to orthodox churches)?

I know that Zerachiel and Sariel are both rather tied to Judaism as they are most prevalently found in the book of Enoch. In most denominations of christianity this book is not recognized as a canon, ...
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Do angels come in the divine category?

Are angels considered divine for being heavenly beings? Was the adjective divine θεῖος /θείας theios ever used for angels? Whether in Greek scripture OT NT, early Christians or in Hebrew Bible? What ...
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Is there any concept of angel numbers in Christianity?

Just wanted to confirm if there is any concept believed in Christianity related to angel numbers or numerology? I have read in this angel number blog that it relates to Christianity. Just want to ...
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The Catholic Church seems to teach that we cannot ask the saints/angels for anything else other than to pray for us, but I don't understand why?

Angels have powers inherent to their nature. So why can't we just ask an angel to use his power to help us, instead of asking the angel to pray for us while we wait for God to grant the request? If it'...
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Based on Catholic theology, can angels create or destroy matter?

In the Summa Theologiae, St. Thomas Aquinas says that "angels do not assume bodies from the earth or water, or they could not suddenly disappear." Source: Ia Q. 51 Art. 2 (Whether angels ...
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Does the Personalistic Norm apply to Divine Persons?

St. Pope John Paul II would be wont to say: "the person is a good towards which the only proper and adequate attitude is love." but in this sense, does "person" equally apply to ...
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What prayers to use for vespers before an 'Angelic Feast' when the feast is raised to a solemnity?

Assuming Ken Graham's answer is more correct than Andrew Leach's on this question: If your the cathedral parish of your diocese has burned down, is the feast day of the patron saint still a solemnity? ...
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Were angels with God in the beginning?

The Book of Job indicates that angels were with God in the beginning, when the heavens and the earth were created Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who ...
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What is the Catholic perspective on why are Angels and Archangels at the bottom of the "Angelic Hierarchy"?

I read this today in the Exodus 90 readings for St. Michael's lent: The traditional hierarchy, in order of ranking from highest to lowest, is listed as seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominions, virtues,...
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If all demons are believers, then why are some humans atheists?

According to the Bible, all demons are believers: You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! (James 2:19 ESV) Yet, this is not the case for (all) humans. Some ...
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What is an overview of the main arguments that angels do or do not already exist at Genesis 1:1?

Genesis 1:1 is "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." But there's no mention of God creating angels. What are the main arguments that angels were or were not already ...
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Has an angel or a demon ever been recorded on camera?

Simple question: has an angel or a demon ever been recorded on camera? I'm open to answers from any Christian groups/denominations. Related questions: Has a healing miracle ever been recorded on ...
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Are the fallen angels already in hell?

Aquinas argues that angels achieve their end by a single meritorious act. They either choose God, thereby possessing the Beatific Vision, or the reject him and fails permanently to achieve the end ...
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What medieval theologians debated whether angels are male or female?

Hildebrand, Man, Woman, and the Meaning of Love, § "Friendship Between Man & Woman", §§ "There are many spiritual differences between the sexes" claims: In the Middle Ages the ...
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On what basis do some Protestants believe the angel of the Lord is the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ?

If they are identical, would this mean Jesus is a created angel or has always existed? In these two verses, it appears clear that the angel of the LORD is identical to the LORD. And the angel of the ...
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What is the view of guardian angels, of saints now in heaven, appearing on earth?

In Acts 12:15 it is argued by some that at least one person may have thought Peter's angel might have talked like him. See the reference to Matthew 18:10 that speaks of guardian angels. In Jewish ...
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Does anyone know hòw many Christian groups believe the term 'angel of the Lord' means 'The Lord'?

Many places are cited 'angel of the Lord' as if whatever is said is said by the angel themselves not by the angel as messenger for the Lord. Judges 2:1 and on is an example but there are several. Then ...
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How do believers in modern demon possessions and exorcisms interpret 2 Peter 2:4?

2 Peter 2:4 (ESV): For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; If the angels that sinned ...
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Did Christians actually debate how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

I've heard references to debates about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, and it's always been presented as a pointless exercise. If such debates have actually occurred, presumably the ...
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Can demons manifest in bodily form in the physical, just like angels do in the Bible?

The Bible records many accounts of angels physically manifesting themselves to people, whether for the purpose of delivering a message, or to get them out of trouble, etc. It also appears that most ...
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Are there any Biblical allusions to St. Raphael or Uriel outside of Tobit?

There are a number of Angels in the Bible, but only a handful are named. I was just listening to the Relevant Radio podcast Trending With Timmerie and she was talking about how Gabriel, while not ...
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Which denominations believe in modern angelic interventions?

The Bible has tons of accounts where angelic beings paid a visit to our physical realm to carry out specific assignments. Concerning angels, Satan himself, while tempting Jesus in the desert, cited a ...
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Do any denominations teach that angels have, or do not have, free will?

With minor variations, most Christian denominations generally believe that: Satan, Lucifer, the Devil, the Serpent, etc. are all the same being. Lucifer rebelled against God. One third of the angels ...
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Are demons as strong as angels?

Demons are fallen angels. Are they as strong as angels are? Or are they weaker because they've been "kicked out" from heaven?
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Should the "angel of the abyss" be capitalized? [closed]

I am discussing the doctrine of the Jehovah's Witnesses concerning the identity of Abaddon in Revelation 9:11. The names of persons (e.g. Matthew, Mark, and Luke) along with words that are part of ...
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What is the connection between St. Michael and people who work in grocery stores?

When examining the wikipedia page on St. Michael it says: Michael the Archangel is the patron saint of grocers, mariners, paratroopers, police officers, and military personnel. Mariners, military, ...
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What's the proof for the existence of Angels as well as angelic hierarchy?

It's said that most influential medieval work on angelic order was written by Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite. How much authority do his works still hold and what's the metaphysical foundation and ...
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Has the Lord handed over the souls of the redeemed to St Michael?

In Ken Graham's answer to a separate question, he cites a prayer to Saint Michael used in the Catholic rite of exorcism. The Latin text of the prayer includes the passage: tibi trádidit Dóminus ...
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How do deniers of Jesus' divinity explain that the angel at Revelation 22:9 did not include Jesus in the list of beings that can be worshipped?

Note: this is an adaptation of a question asked on Hermenutics.SE. Check it out if interested in answers from different viewpoints. When John fell down to worship the angel that had just showed him ...
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Has anyone heard of or seen anything that Angels can be redeemed? [closed]

Has anyone heard of or seen anything that Angels can be redeemed as My boyfriend prayed that he could save the angel and offered to give himself to the lake of fire. Can someone please help?
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According to Catholicism, did Jesus have a Guardian Angel?

According to Catholicism, did Jesus have a Guardian Angel? If so do we know their name(s)? We see the Angels ministering to the needs of the Godman while on earth, but Scripture does not employ the ...
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Who was the Blessed Virgin Mary's guardian angel?

Catholic teaching is that "Every one of the faithful has his own special guardian angel from baptism. (Sent. certa.)" (Ludwig Ott II ch. 3 §30.2; cf. Matt 18:10: "See that you despise ...
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How is it that the Virgin Mary was able to understand without discernment that it really was the Archangel Gabriel appeared to her?

Many people, including me, are confused about apparitions. We read about the apparition of St Gabriel in Luke Chapter 1. Luke 1:34: "And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I ...
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How is the apparition in Luke chapter one different from other apparitions, such as in Lourdes?

Many people, including me, are confused about apparitions. We read about the apparition of St Gabriel in Luke Chapter 1. Luke 1:34: "And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I ...
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The Jehovah’s Witnesses say Jesus created the angels, so why does Nehemiah 9:6 say God created them? [closed]

They further say, "That is why the Bible calls Jesus "the firstborn of all creation by God, Read Colossians 1:15,16." But at Nehemiah 9:6 it says, "Thou alone art the Lord, Thou ...
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Why at Judges 2:1 does it say the angel of the Lord would never break his covenant he swore to the fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?

"Now the angel of the Lord came up from Gilgad to Bochim, And he said, "I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land which I have sworn to your fathers; and I said, I will never ...
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How many mortal sins did/does Satan do?

How many mortal sins did/does Satan do? Did Satan commit just one mortal sin? Does the number of mortal sins increase as he tempts people to commit sin? I am interested in the Catholic viewpoint.
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In what sense are angels elect?

In 1 Timothy 5:21 we read: I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism. 1 Timothy 5:...
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Why would Zachariah doubt Angel Gabriel?

My point is: Were they used to seeing false angels such that he'd doubt one even in the place of the incense? As a priest, he'd probably know a lot of Jewish history and the numerous appearances ...
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How is it possible that the angels were on hand to witness the earth being created?

Though we are not told exactly when angels were created, it seems to be sometime before the earth was created. The words found at Job indicate the angelic host was present when the earth was made. ...
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Is there a Christian name of the Destroyer Angel?

In 2 Samuel 24:15 a destroyer angel come and strike Jerusalem with the Plague. If I understand correctly, the accepted name for this angel is Azrael in Islam and Samael in Judaism. What is his ...
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Could Angels and Demons die?

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: ...
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