Just a Brief Overview of the Angels
Angels are found inside 3 key religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Yet, angels, or divine people who help others, were likewise found inside Sumerian, Babylonian, Persian, Egyptian and Greek writings, too.
While perhaps called different names, benevolent spirit beings rather similar to angels may likewise be found inside additional religions, mythologies, and lore.
Today, a lot of individuals believe in demons and that they’re fallen angels. This teaching originated in the Hebrew text of Isaiah about Lucifer getting cast out of heaven with a third of the angels following him to the Earth.
A common description occasionally given of angels is that they’re “beings of light,” which are occasionally described as “frightening to behold” due to their tall height, purity, and sheer might. A few will likewise describe angels as having wings and perhaps even halos. Yet, the western notion of wings and halos developed through ancient religions and mythology.
Images of angels looking like humans, but with wings, were an ancient idea that exemplified benevolent spirit beings as arriving from a “higher place” or the “heavens.” Wings were a simple way to express the idea of angels moving back and forth (or even up and down) from the spirit world to Earth and then back once more. A lot of ancient gods were frequently depicted as birds or as bearing wings (think Egyptian, for instance). By the fourth century (AD), angels were broadly seen as having wings inside western cultures, while wings were nearly non-existent inside the Eastern faiths.
A lot of ancient civilizations had placed wings on their deities, creatures and champions, so it was natural for Christian artists to look to pagan civilizations for inspiration. Christian artisans were prompted to add wings to angels by viewing Greek art. Muslim artists looked to Persian versions as their inspiration for wings upon angels. During this same time, Christian painters likewise adopted the idea of the halo from the Greeks and Romans who had utilized them previously.
But, a lot of times in the bible, angels seem to be men and are described as such from Genesis (e.g. when Jacob wrestles an angel) to Revelation (e.g. the letters to each of the churches are addressed to the pastors, or angels of every church). Even the name supplied to the archangel Gabriel means, “Man of God.” Moreover, Jesus was attributed as teaching (in Matthew) that in the resurrection, those raised would be “as” (or like) the angels of God in heaven. This statement is additionally clarified by the similar text written in Luke 20 which says, “for they (the raised) are angelic.”
Today, a lot of individuals look to angels for help or even intervention during crisis. A general modern-day description of angels is discovered in a lot of stories of helpful, but mysterious strangers. These stories frequently tell of an individual who seems to come to an individual during a time of need, supplying a word or help of some sort, then mysteriously vanishing fast. During these experiences, the messenger or helper is indiscernible as an angel, however seems as a loving, caring human. Similarly, spirits who come to soothe and lead dying individuals through the transition from this Earth unto the light (heaven, promised land, and so forth), are frequently described as angels, however are occasionally discovered to be deceased loved ones or friends of the one about to pass on.
Therefore, angels appear to have a really close association with human beings, perhaps even closer than we may think, when one analyzes biblical descriptions along with accounts of personal experiences. Summarizing angels described inside religion and inside personal experiences in general, we know they’re benevolent spirit beings that bring messages, assisting mankind; angels appear in human form; and angels have been described specifically as the spirits of human beings inside the spirit realm. Maybe the term angels is a word to universally describe bodiless, yet enlightened spirits of individuals, who help other humans on both sides of the grave.
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