REASONS BEHIND THE EXISTENCE OF ANGELS 5
ReasonsBehind the Existence of Angels
ReasonsBehind the Existence of Angels
Christiantestimonies and teachings compel believers to embrace a worldperception encompassed by spiritual but finite beings. These finitebeings are generally referred to as angels and are believed tointermingle regularly with humanity (Sheed, 2013). The philosophicalreflection of these finite beings or angels is known as angelology(Sheldrake & Fox, 2014). Some people relate angels with spiritualmanifestations that act as God’s messengers while others alsoconsider fallen angels or devils as angels (Jeremiah, 2013). Toothers, especially Christian faithful they only relate angels withspiritual entities that are heavenly in nature (Macy, 2015). Althoughsome people see angels anachronistic against the advancement of man,they still serve a purpose especially in carrying out God’s messageand controlling situations. In this regards, it is essential toprovide a discourse on the existence of angels.
Theterm angel is believed to have originated from the Greek term‘anglos’ which translates to mean, ‘messenger,’ in the Hebrewlanguage (Morgan, 2014). When disasters occur naturally or due tosome purported human error, some individuals often report or witnesssome inexplicable events unfold which are not only good but alsounexpected (Utriainen, 2014). As much as no angels are physicallywitnessed during such occurrences, Christians generally attributesuch actions to angelic interventions. Religion is not founded onlogic but on faith. Given that the 21stCentury society is founded on scientific evidence and isphilosophically sophisticated, one tends to question whether thebelief in these spiritual manifestations can be accepted with thedesired intellectual integrity (Sheldrake & Fox, 2014). However,the number of individuals showing strong inclinations towards theexistence of angels has been growing in the recent past (Williams,2015). This means that although some people still regard angels asanachronistic, they agree that angels play an imperative role in theadvancement of humanity.
Mostreligions describe angels as dreadful, compassionate, and gifted withinformation and wisdom of earthly events. However, angels are notinfallible since they compete with each. Although the strive witheach other, angels especially in the Christian religion serves God,protect His people, and execute God’s judgement (Sheed, 2013). Inserving God or construing conceivable events, they take on numerousforms depending on the circumstance that prompts them and takecontrol of the situations to accomplish their objective. This meansthat since they are endowed with wisdom and power, they can exert iton subjects and items. By controlling situations, they work atmoments of crisis to help man. Since they are in bliss and purelyspiritual, they execute missions per God’s control. In thisregards, they exist to accomplish missions as commanded by God. It isalso imperative to note that there exists another group of angelsusually referred as fallen angels who creates a disconnect betweenhumanity and God.
Biblicalscriptures provide that angels existed prior to man’s creation.Fallen angels, also referred to as demons existed in the biblicalGarden of Eden and served to tempt the new creations to turn awayfrom their creator (Williams, 2015). Throughout the biblicalscriptures, heavenly angels play the role of loyal messengers andprotectors of God’s will (Jeremiah, 2013). Contrary to the workingof demons that only attempt to ensure that humanity sins against theCreator, angels act to ensure the connection between humanity and Godis strengthened. The annunciation documented in Lk 1:26, some of theduties given to angels are of much significance (Jeremiah, 2013). Assuch, they are manifestations of the love of God and His grace. Thereare different ranks given to angels with others being guardian’s ofGod’s will while others being angels of death which project God’swrath on humanity (Williams, 2015). The major reason that has in therecent past compelled more people in the contemporary society toembrace the existence of angels is that they indeed experiencemiracles in times of ultimate distress (Jeremiah, 2013). Some providethat after offering a short prayer, they witness miracles that areprojected through testimonies. In other instances, angels play therole of comforting and bringing peace to agonizing individuals(Utriainen, 2014). Fallen angels thus create a disconnect between Godand humanity while heavenly angels work to ensure God’s will isdone.
Thispaper has offered insights as to why angels exist. Angels areessentially formless and created for glorifying the work of theCreator. Biblical scriptures provide that angels have a free will andas such, those, which opted to disobey God, are cursed for eternity.Such demons or fallen angels create disconnects between humanity andthe Creator. Heavenly angels work to glorify and praise God. Angelsexist to guard God’s will, comfort, heal and convey messages fromthe Creator to man. Thus, they exist to serve God and executemissions according to His command. Furthermore, they are endowed withintelligent and wisdom of conceivable events, which gives them theability to control situations or broadcast God’s message to people.Conclusively, angels not only serve God and humans, but they alsoplay an imperative role in the advancement of humanity andintercession in some situations.
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