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Are Angels Real?

A supernatural being plays a major part in Awakening the Beast. Is he an angel? The book is obviously fiction, but could angels be real? Below are excerpts from Wikipedia on the subject of angels. Read them before you answer the question.  You can post your opinions and comments at the bottom of the page. I’d like to hear what you have to say.

An angel is a supernatural being or spirit found in various religions and mythologies. …Daniel is the first biblical figure to refer to individual angels by name,[15]mentioning Gabriel (God’s primary messenger) in Daniel 9:21 and Michael (the holy fighter) in Daniel 10:13. These angels are part of Daniel’s apocalyptic [end of days] visions and are an important part of all apocalyptic [end of days] literature…

 [What have people and religions said are characteristics of angels?]ATB Angel4

[Angels are] benevolent celestial beings who act as intermediaries between Heaven and Earth [and] between God and men…

[Angels protect and guide] human beings…

[Angels carry] out God‘s tasks …

[Angels are] beings created by God…

[Angels are] immortal and thus superior to humans…

Angels exist in the worlds above … They are an extension of God to produce effects in this world… After an angel has completed its task, it ceases to exist…

[An angel is] a messenger of God…

[Some say angels have] physical bodies…[others] believe angels are] entirely spiritual…

Angels are created beings…

[Angels] have greater knowledge than men, [but] they are not omniscient

 

[What are some of the interactions between angels and men in the New Testament?]

…In Luke 1:11, an angel appears to Zechariah to inform him that he will have a child despite his old age, thus proclaiming the birth of John the Baptist

…in Luke 1:26 the archangel Gabriel visits the Virgin Mary … to foretell the birth of Jesus Christ

[Angels] proclaim the birth of Jesus …to the shepherds in Luke 2:10.]

Angels appear … after Jesus spent 40 days in the desert… and ministered to him.”

In Luke 22:43 an angel comforts Jesus Christ during the Agony in the Garden.

In Matthew 28:5 an angel speaks at the empty tomb, following the Resurrection of Jesus …

 

[What do people believe about angels today?]ATBArchangel_Michael

… Pope John Paul II emphasized the role of angels in [1986] … he suggested that modern mentality should come to see the importance of angels.[40]

…Latter Day Saints [Mormons] believe that angels either are the spirits of humans who are deceased or who have yet to be born, or are humans who have been resurrected …

Believing in angels is one of the six Articles of Faith in Islam….Islam is clear on the nature of angels in that they are messengers of God. They have no free will, and can do only what God orders them to do.

In the US, a 2008 survey … found that 55 percent of Americans, including one in five of those who say they are not religious, believe that they have been protected by a guardian angel during their life…

2007 US poll found that 68 percent of Americans believe that “angels and demons are active in the world…

[US poll] conducted in 2009 [showed] a greater percentage of Americans believe in angels (55%) than those who believe in global warming (36%)…

Forget not to show love unto strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.—Hebrews 13:2

 

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