In this the second blog in this series we tackle some of the more comforting myths about Angels and while these do provide great comfort, I hate to be the bringer of bad news, they have no scriptural evidence, however some of them it can be easy to see how they came about.
The first is that we all have our own personal guardian Angel. Sorry, but not true, Although this may be a comforting myth, that is all it is. We unfortunately do not have our own Guardian Angels in the more commonly perceived understanding of this.
Guardian Angels, are not angels whose sole purpose is to follow us around and protecting us from harm. This myth stems from the angels that closed the mouths of the lions when Daniel was in the Lions den,(Daniel 6:22) and much like many stories from years past, as it was past down through generations it got altered to make children feel safer.
A few passages do talk about angels in a guardian role. One is Matthew 18:10, It’s often interpreted that it’s a reference to angels who look out only for children or for all faithful believers as a whole, but nothing suggests that everyone gets their own. However there are angels who watch over us all, but they stay in heaven and are more like spiritual guides, they provide us with guidance on what to do in times of distress but we need to ask for this guidance and we don’t have to follow it, it should also be said that they will only communicate in so much as a person is able to perceive, so it is more likely to be in subtle signs in our every day life. These angels do however have other tasks which they do, their sole purpose is not just to watch and guide us.
Another myth I’m sorry to challange is that when we die we become angels… sorry but no
This maybe a lovely way of comforting yourself and your loved ones when someone you care for has died, but it just isn’t true. Humans do not become Angels. Angels are Celestial beings where as Humans are earthly beings, this can not change just as angels can never become Human. The book of Peter makes this clear by telling us how the holy spirit passes messages to human kind and the angels wish they too could hear it. Angels are God’s children who are helpers with specific tasks, we are God’s children who are created in his image.
If we also take Luke chapter 20: 29-36 ‘now there were seven brothers; the first married a woman but died childless. Then the second and the third married her and likewise all the seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be? For all seven had been married to her.” Jesus said to them, “The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to attain the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. They can no longer die, for they are like angels: and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise.’
In this excerpt of scripture it hold all the answers to this myth for it states ‘for they are like angels’ That is like angels. The use of the word like shows that yes we are then spiritual beings as those of us that have been baptised have been born again in the spirit, this is how we are like angels but this word also shows that we do not become angels as if we did surely the passage would read, for they became angels.
The last misconception of this post is that all angels do is float around Heaven all day.
We have touched on how different angels have different tasks, some are messengers, some are guards of holy places, some are warriors others protect God’s people others unceasingly praise God. Each angel has a task to do and these tasks leave very little “free time”. Another point to make is that the passing of time in heaven is completely different to that on earth. So a day to us wouldn’t necessarily be a day to them. We can’t know or understand how the passing of time occurs in Heaven until we finally enter our heavenly abode.