Questions tagged [angels]

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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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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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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When did the angel archetype change from masculine to feminine?

Throughout the bible, angels typically appear as men or a masculin form. They're often described as warriors, engaging in battle. (Source) However, in modern, generally Western (or at least American)...
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According to the Catholic Church, do guardian angels graduate?

I received two conflicting reports from two women whose catholicity I highly respect, but whose sources are circumspect, or at the very least circumlocutory. One says that if and when we get to ...
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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 would they strong as angels are? Or are they more weak because they've been "kicked out" from heaven?
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Origin of the idea that "demons" and "fallen angels" are the same thing?

Background So I'm studying angels and demons right now, attempting to put together a picture of what the Bible teaches on these topics, and I'm struggling to find anything in the Bible that suggests ...
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Angelology: Can Archangels Have More Than 1 Set of Wings?

I know the seraphim, cherubs, and thrones have 3 sets of wings: According to Isaiah 6:1-8, the Seraphim are described as fiery six-winged beings. From the angelology wiki page. But, I've been ...
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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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What are common explanations for the angel being delayed for 21 days in Daniel 10:13?

In the book of Daniel chapter 10, Daniel is in a period of mourning because a great war is coming. He fasts for 21 days and then sees a vision of what I presume to be an angel. Before the angel ...
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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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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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Why do people die but angels do not, but both have sinned?

In City of God, Book XIII, Ch. 1, Augustine wrote, Having disposed of the very difficult questions concerning the origin of our world and the beginning of the human race, the natural order requires ...
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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses believe that angels are doing the talking between God and mankind?

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that the conversations between God and the people are carried out by angels, but the angels are not mentioned in the Bible. They are merely assumed to be present, because ...
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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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Are Angels more accessible than Jesus?

Why would one choose to pray to an Angel or a Guardian Angel over Jesus at times? Some people notice that their prayers are answered on some occasions more readily from an Angel or Guardian Angel. ...
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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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Where in the Bible does it mention that every person has a guardian angel?

The Bible talks about various angels such as Saint Gabriel and Saint Michael. Where in the Bible does it mention that every person has his/her own guardian angel?
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Is Metatron actually part of Catholic dogma?

Metatron is believed by some to be Enoch transformed into an angel. Some time ago on chat someone said that he is part of official Catholic dogma. However, I couldn't really confirm this with a ...
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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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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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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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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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How do those who reject the divinity of Jesus understand Hebrews 1:6 (“Let all God’s angels worship him.”)? [duplicate]

My understanding is that God is a jealous God and does not tolerate that anyone else be worshiped (Exodus 20:4-5; Luke 4:8). Yet, Hebrews 1:6 (NIV) says: 6 And again, when God brings his firstborn ...
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What type of angel was the Morning Star?

I've read in various places that Lucifer was 'Chief of the Seraphim,' 'Cherubim that covers,' and 'Archangel of the Crown'. All accounts say he was God's greatest angelic creation, but what kind: ...
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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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What are the differences between cherubim and seraphim? [closed]

I was reading a post regarding the appearance of angels: What does the Bible say about the appearance of angels? And I am curious as to the general differences between cherubim and seraphim. Do they ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase "Entertaining Angels"?

For inexplicable reasons I've been listening to a lot of Newsboys lately and also recently finished reading Dorothy Day's Auto-Biography. What do these things have in common? Well there's an ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses understand Hebrews 1?

Hebrews 1:4–14 contrasts Jesus with the angels. How do groups like Jehovah's Witnesses, who see him as an angel, understand these verses?
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Are Seraphim and Cherubim angels?

When considering if angels really have wings, I have decided to read some comments on Christianity SE and came across lots of users assuming that cherubim and seraphim are angels: • Lesley: There ...
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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 biblical reference to Michael, the archangel’s role and being?

I am looking for the biblical references to Michael the angel ? And what are/were his/her role? There are some christian groups that attributes Michael same with Jesus. Is there any biblical ...
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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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Is there one guardian angel for each person?

A Roman Catholic friend of mine told me that each person has a guardian angel. He told me it is based on this verse: Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That ...
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Who do mainline Protestants believe an "archangel" (such as Michael) to be?

Some sects including Jehovah's Witnesses believe the archangel Michael to be one in the same with Christ. The basic premise of this claim seems to stem from the unique usage of the role archangel ...
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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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Does God intend to replace the fallen angels with humans?

Fr. Chad Ripperger, FSSP, says (@3:19ff. of this video) that humans were created to replace the fallen angels. Is this an official teaching of Catholic Church? Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich also ...
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According to Catholicism, does God create new angels?

In Judaism there are many Rabbis that preach that we (humans) can create an angel, and some say God creates angels out of a river of fire in heaven, and they worship him. Does the Catholic Church ...
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What purpose do angels serve (Protestant)?

If God is omnipotent and can help His children in any situation and in any place, why does He have angels do His will? As I recall, angels are spirit like God.
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Where did angels get their wings?

The Bible does not record angels having wings at any point, but this is a popular depiction of angels. Do any Christian groups teach that angels do have wings, in extra-biblical materials? Where does ...
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Where did the Catholic Church condemn naming guardian angels

I was listening to episode 24 of the Catholic Man Show and they said (without citation) that the Catholic Church has condemned naming guardian angels. The reason they gave was because God gave man ...