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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Why is Christianity considered a monotheistic religion?

One of the commandments states "place no other gods before me". Does this mean God is implying the existence of other gods, or why is this explicitly stated? The Biblical universe also includes a ...
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What is the Biblical basis for saying Lucifer is an angel?

Where in the Bible does it say that Lucifer was one of the angels or an archangel?
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What Bible verses suggest that humans can become angels? [closed]

There a number of biblical passages (such as 1 Corinthians 4:9) that are worded as such indicating angels were created separately from and and are different from humans. For it seems to me that 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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What is the origin of the idea that Michael is Jesus?

I recently came across the idea of identifying the angel Michael as Jesus. I'm surprised I hadn't heard it before. Wikipedia documents it as common to Seventh Day Adventists and Jehovah's Witnesses. I'...
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What is a guardian angel?

I have always heard of guardian angels and have probably even prayed to them, but never really knew anything about them. What is the purpose of guardian angels and where does the belief in them come ...
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Can fallen angels be redeemed? [closed]

We know from the Bible that devils are fallen angels, once created good but who chose to join Lucifer's rebel uprising and consequently lost their place in heaven. Can those angels ever be saved? Can ...
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Do angels have free will? [closed]

I believe we have free will and that God has free will. It would seem Lucifer also had free will. Do all angels have free will as we do?
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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 Catholic doctrine, how can an angel be a saint?

In Catholic doctrine, a saint has to (a) be “a dead person” and (b) be “in Heaven”. How is someone deemed a saint? The pope canonizes a dead person who has lived a life of heroic virtue and has ...
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To what extent does mainstream Christian doctrine teach that knowing a spirit's name gives you power over it?

A while ago I was at a resort with a man who for many years worked as a church painter. He introduced me into some pieces of Christian doctrine. He told me that the humans' souls, the angels, demons ...
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What is the source of the belief that the deceased become angels?

An associate wrote an open letter (email) of condolence to a friend who'd lost a child. The letter stated that that deceased was now an angel in heaven with wings. What is the ultimate source of this ...
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What does 'first estate' mean in Jude 1:6 (KJV)?

Jude 1:6 (emphasis mine): And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. ...
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What arguments have been advanced against “Angel Therapy”?

From AngelTherapy.com, I found this short description: Angel Therapy is a non-denominational spiritual healing method that involves working with a person's guardian angels and archangels, to heal ...
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What does the Bible say about the appearance of angels? [closed]

In Christian art, angels are often depicted as winged human-like creatures. However, I'm curious if there is any justification for this in the Bible? I've sometimes heard that there isn't, so that's ...
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Where did the “humans become angels” tradition come from? [duplicate]

I'm clear that according to scripture, humans don't become angels. I read through the question on the topic (What Bible verses suggest that humans can become angels?) and didn't find an answer to my ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the belief that Jesus is Michael?

Congregations such as the Jehovah's Witness and Seventh day Adventists believe that Jesus is Michael. What is the Biblical basis for the belief that Jesus is Michael? Jehovah's Witness ...it is ...
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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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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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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 there other biblical references where angels are disguised as humans? [closed]

I was reading Genesis 19: Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed and in the first verse, two angels are greeted by Lot as they arrive at the gates of Sodom. But instead of the "do not be afraid" speech that ...
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When were the angels created? [closed]

I was preparing a lesson for Sunday school and came across this passage in the teaching material: Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, who set ...
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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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Why doesn't 1 Timothy 5:21 indicate that angels are part of the Godhead?

I was doing a little historical reading, and I read a little John Biddle (an English Unitarian). He makes the argument that the phrase "in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" ...
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Where did the idea that Cherubs were baby Angels originate?

I know of no Scriptural basis for Cherubs being baby Angels, or in fact that any Angels are infants. Additionally I find no reference to Cupid who is depicted as a infant with wings and bow and arrows ...
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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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Do angels sing?

In Job 38 angels "shouted for joy", Luke 2 has angels "praising God and saying". I've heard that angels are never definitively described as singing in the Bible - that although some translations use ...
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Do angels possess 1) a body, soul and spirit, 2) a soul and spirit or 3) just a spirit?

My personal understanding is that plants have a body, animals have both a body and a soul, and mankind has a body, a soul and a spirit. However, angels, as I understand, do not have a body that is ...
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What does Paul's “we will judge the world and the angels” mean? [closed]

1 Corinthians 6:1-4 1 When one of you has a dispute with another believer, how dare you file a lawsuit and ask a secular court to decide the matter instead of taking it to other believers! 2 Don’...
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Can Angels die? [closed]

In Daniel, there is an angel who has to fight for nearly three weeks in order to deliver his message, and isn't able to overcome until Michael intervenes. If there was a battle this hard, it makes me ...
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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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Why is archangel Michael portrayed with a sword in art?

There is no mention of Michael wielding a sword in the bible, so I wonder if there are references in other texts?
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In the book of Job, it suggests that angels sin. Do they?

In the 4th chapter in the book of Job, it states in verses 17 and 18 that: ‘Can mortal man be in the right before[b] God? Can a man be pure before his Maker? Even in his servants he puts no trust, and ...
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Was Satan created to accuse, or has he assumed that role in rebellion?

What is an overview of Evangelical Protestant doctrines concerning Satan's intended job before he fell? That is, is it his divinely ordained office to act as an accuser in the same manner that the ...
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Which angels and fallen angels are named in the Bible?

Which angels and fallen angels are named in the Bible. and what are they responsible for?
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Who was first, men or angels? [closed]

I know of the angel guarding over the entrance gate of the Eden preventing man from entering. Also, the devil, an angel, deceives the woman. It seems to me angels preceded man but I'm not so sure. "...
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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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Is there biblical reference to Michael, the arch angel - 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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Why does God use an army of Angels to fight against evil when he could do it himself? [closed]

Many places in the Bible talk about a heavenly host or army of angels. Why does God use an army to fight against devil and evil spirits, when he is the powerful creator? Matthew 19:26 says, all things ...
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We will judge angels? But we are lower than the angels

Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 1 Cor 6:3 (KJV) This verse says that we will judge angels, but this verse 6 But one in a certain place ...
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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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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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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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Why are all angels masculine?

Nowhere in the Bible are angels feminine. If angels are messengers from God, why do these messengers always manifest themselves as masculine? Is it because they assume the gender of their Divine ...
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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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When did Satan get cast out of heaven? Or is that yet to come?

This answer explains that it happened after Jesus ascended, and might even be something that will happen in the "End Times", but this answer says that it happened before Adam and Eve sinned. What ...
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Do heterodox have a guardian angel as well? (Eastern Orthodox perspective)

According to the Eastern Orthodox Church, do non-Eastern Orthodox have guardian angels as well? By guardian angel, I mean a righteous spirit assigned to a person by God in order to guide and protect ...
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What is the relationship between Gabriel and Noah in LDS/Mormon teaching?

In the summary of Noah on the lds.org site, it states that Joseph Smith taught that Noah is, in fact, the angel Gabriel. How exactly is this believed to have progressed? Did Noah exist as an angel ...
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Do angels pray for us? [closed]

I was reading about henotheism and it hinted at the fact that some Christians believe that angels are intercessors. Quite simply, do angels pray for us? Can we ask angels for intercession?
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What is the biblical basis for humans becoming angels after they die?

Many Christians, and many people living in predominantly Christian cultures, believe that people who die become angels. This belief is reflected in numerous popular novels and movies, such as the ...