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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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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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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According to Catholicism, if there is human dignity is there also an angelic dignity?

If there is human dignity is there also an angelic dignity? What does Catholcism say about this?
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In Christian dogma, can Satan and the fallen angels (his demons) get married and have progeny?

All of us know that Satan and his demons (fallen angels) have a role in temptation of Adam and his progeny. The question is can Satan and his demons get marry and have progeny? In Islam, Satan (Iblis) ...
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Is there a twelfth word to be added to the eleven of the angelic host?

After the individual angel spoke to the shepherds keeping watch in the field, Luke 2: 8-12, the multitude of the heavenly host appeared, praising God, and they spoke. I would suggest that their ...
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Do spirits need bodies to manifest?

Every instance in the Bible where a spirit, (including for the most part God) speaks to a physical person, or moves a physical someone it is done in a body or through another person that possesses a ...
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What does the Bible say about giving worship to a created being?

Is there any biblical basis to support the view that God, through Michael the Archangel, commanded all the angels to worship Adam? Why would God ask the angels to worship a created human? Doesn’t ...
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How do we understand that the law was given by angels

This scriptures shows us that the Law was given by ministrations of angels and by Moses. Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. Acts 5:53 For if the word ...
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What are the teachings or biblical understanding, why God assigned Lucifer to guard the Holy Mountain?

You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the Holy Mount of God. (Ezekiel 28:14, NIV) God is an all powerful God, the creator of Heaven and Earth both the visible ...
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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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How does Human Nature relate to Angelic Nature, specifically regarding sin and free-will? [closed]

I have seen quite a few questions on here asking: How could Lucifer, being a perfect creation, have fallen or sinned? However, my question is this: What can we find in the Scriptures about the ...
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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 ...
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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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Is there a denomination/sect of Christianity that believes that Jesus was the son of an angel?

Rabbi Yosef Massas (1892–1974) writes in responsa Mayim Chaim vol. 2 (Yoreh Deah §108:2) that he spoke to a Christian (possibly Catholic) priest who claimed that they only worship the One God and that ...
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What explains the similarities in appearance between Jesus and a certain angel?

The primary physical description for Jesus is Revelation 1:13-15. I noticed that this physical description is essentially identical to the angel in Daniel 10:5-6 (unnamed, maybe Gabe). Each is/has: ...
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Did Martin Luther believe in guardian angels?

In some traditions, the concept of "guardian angels" is often looked upon with suspicion. While there might be agreement that angels (generally speaking) protect people (generally speaking), the idea ...
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Was the Old Prophet (1 Kings 13.18) deceived by an 'angel'?

Most translations read '(But he was lying to him)'. I always thought the Old Prophet lied to the man of God, but now I'm wondering if the 'angel' lied to the old prophet. This wondering started when ...
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According to Catholicism, why did God create men as men rather than as angels?

There is some discussion about why God created man here. The answers go something like "God wanted to love us, share his perfection/happiness/life with us. Therefore, he created us." Yet, God also ...
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Why would angels climb a stairway if they have wings?

I was just reading about Jacob's Dream at Bethel and I had a question: Why would angels be ascending and descending a stairway (or a ladder, in other versions of the Christian Bible) from Earth to ...
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What is the origin of the story of the angel Raphael and the boy Tobias?

In Arthur Miller's play The Crucible, Puritan John Proctor says the following: Now remember what the angel Raphael said to the boy Tobias […] “Do that which is good, and no harm will come to thee.” ...
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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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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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Job and the Heavenly Host

In the beginning of the Book of Job we are presented with a scene in heaven. In Job, the heavenly host is said to have assembled before God: "Now there was a day when the sons of God came to ...
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According to Catholicism, do Gabriel, Michael and Rafael still have the option of turning away from God?

On the assumption that Satan was once in fellowship with God. Do Gabriel, Michael and Rafael (or any angel) still have the option of turning away from God? If so, is the sainthood of a human greater ...
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Did any Church Fathers believe that angels could still choose to become demons?

The Scriptural teaching regarding the nature and origin of the devil and demons has been summarized by the Orthodox theologian Michael Pomazanski: According to the testimony of the word of God, the ...
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According to Lutherans, do angels pray for us?

I was looking at this question, and the answers don't really cover any viewpoints aside from that of the Roman Catholic Church. The second answer quotes Grudem, but the answerer's claim that he speaks ...
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According to Protestants, why was Mary troubled at the greeting of Gabriel?

We read the following in Luke's Gospel (1:26-38 DRB): And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name ...
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What was Saint Thomas Aquinas's girding by the two angels?

Diego Velázquez's Temptation of St. Thomas shows him being girded by angels with a belt of purity: What is the event behind this painting?
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How can we identify, sometimes, the angel of the Lord as God if the prophets also spoke as God?

I am not saying the prophets are God. What I am saying is that the prophets have a tendency to speak like God in the first person. Which can make it difficult to use the OT when discussing the ...
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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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Is Satan's name Lucifer, Satanail, or Samuel? [closed]

In a few different English versions of the Bible, Isaiah 14:12 begins with something like: How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! (KJV) I thought, however, that Jesus was ...
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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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Old Portrayal of St Michael the Archangel [closed]

I am searching for a painting of the Archangel Michael, but with the old portrayal. In every painting I have found he is depicted with a sword, literally fighting the bad and everything dark. As far ...
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Where in the Bible does it say angels sing? [duplicate]

I was recently told that man is the only one of God's creations that can sing. I thought angels also sang, but I don't know where the Bible says that. Where in the Bible does it say that angels sing?
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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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What is the source of the image of angels in light and wings? (Roman Catholic perspective)

The teaching, "Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?" (Hebrews 1:14) is common. And there are many stories all over the Bible of "men" who are angels ...
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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 the Catholic Church, who taught Moses the Law?

Who taught Moses the Law? (Meaning the Law given to him on Sinai, that he would teach to all of Israel.) Judaism says it was angels. What does the Catholic Church say?
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How do Catholics speak with their Guardian angels?

According to Catholic teachings, how are Catholics to speak with their guardian angels? With their voice? In their minds? Does the Church provide any guidance or description?
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What arguments from scripture are given by Baptists for the belief that one third of the angels were banished from heaven with Satan?

I remember being taught in an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Church when I was in middle school that Satan took one third of the angels in heaven with him after being cast out of God's presence ...
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Is there a scriptural support for “man are ‘half animal, half angel’”? [closed]

The Philosopher and Critic of Christianity Ludwig Feuerbach wrote: “My only wish…is to transform friends of God into friends of man, believers into thinkers, devotees of prayer into devotees of ...
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Does the Bible say that the Devil was an archangel? [duplicate]

Did the Devil's expulsion from heaven occur before Jesus came to earth? Does the bible say that the Devil was an archangel?
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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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Are we living with Angels in flesh?

Are we living with angels in flesh? I've heard of the spiritual element of angels through the Bible and other mediums, but the following verse introduces them in flesh. "Do not forget to show ...
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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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What was earlier the Earth or the Solar System? [closed]

My question is concerning the Creation (with literal interpretation, but accepting that the Earth could be millions of years old with the gap theory). The Bible starts with a statement: "In the ...
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Did Angels sent to earth before Jesus have literal human bodies?

There are many instances of angels appearing to humans in the Bible. For example, Genesis 32:21–32 describes Jacob wrestling with an angel. The angel Gabriel appears to deliver messages three ...
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Looking for a passage in the Old Testament

There's this person who prays and begs God to kill him but instead an angel comes and gives him water or something like that. I think it's in one of the first readings from April to July 2015, but I ...
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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?