Angels In Christianity

Angels are regarded in Christianity as spirits who are messengers of God and feature quite often in both the New Testament and Old Testament of the Christian Bible. The word angel means messenger in Greek and Hebrew, and the explanation of angels commonly found in Christianity is that they are the messengers of God or the hands of the messenger of God, carrying out God’s tasks.

There is also a theoretical area of study about angels known as angelology. Angels are often depicted as having wings especially in paintings and sculpture. Technically, no angels in the bible are describes as having wings. It is not known for sure where the idea of angels having wings originated, however in modern Christian countries, it is nearly impossible to find images of angels that do not have wings.

Early Christians received their ideas about angels from the Jewish tradition, which could have been based in part on the Egyptian religion. The first ideas of angles were that they were messengers of god, creatures of good and light that loved the people equally. Later, angels became individuals such as Gabriel, Uriel, and Satan/Lucifer. Within two centuries the angels began to be pictured in art not only as individuals but those with identifiable characteristics that had personalities. This is attributed to the natural need for humans to personify beings or things that they cannot relate to.

Around the late fourth century, the Christian church decided that there were different categories of angels that had different “missions” and objectives assigned to them by god. The ones discussed in the bible were considered the bridge between mankind and god, and their job was to help mankind understand what god expected of men. Angles are created beings, although some believe that angels were made before man, and others still believe that mankind had the capacity to become angels after their death and ascension to heaven for a good, faithful life.

Christians often regard angels as asexual and not being a part of either gender since this is how it can be understood in the book of Matthew. But often, they are shown in art and literature as having male names and characteristics. This most likely is the result of a patriarchal system in which God is assumed to be a man and the creator of heaven and earth. They are often shown as more effeminate male human beings. Female angels would have also been sexually tempting during the Middle Ages in the churches which would be counterproductive to the Church’s preferences of their monks and priests staying celibate.

The New Testament of the Christian Bible has many interactions between humans and angels; however the first recorded image of angels did not in fact have wings. Some examples of these conversations between humans and angels are the births of John the Baptist and Jesus Christ. Since the completion of the bible, many church leaders believe that they had been contacted by the angels of God. Even as recent as the 20th century, mystics believe that they have had interactions with angels, who often give them directions that are said to come from God himself.

People often pray to angels to attempt to get them to intervene when things are going poorly in their lives. Followers of Christianity also pray to the deity, God, to get him to send angels to repair things such as actions occurring in their lives that they cannot control. Christians also often ask each other to pray for them, as if the amount of prayers to God might trigger an intervening act by angels or God. However, there is no basis for this assumption. Christians also often believe that after they die they can become angels; however there is no biblical basis for this idea either.

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