12. November 2012 08:46
Since time immemorial, human beings have held a fascination with angels. Although science cannot verify the existence of these celestial beings, countless people have shared tales of supernatural encounters with them throughout the ages. One of the most interesting aspects regarding angels is that they are featured across nearly all known religions, not just Christianity or Judaism.
The History of Angels
While none of us can truly be certain of how or why angels exist, the established belief is that angels were created by God as His divine attendants and to carry out His orders. They are also considered to be God's intermediaries between Heaven and Earth. It is said that angels possess incredible supernatural powers and flawless beauty. According to many sources, they are also able to manifest as, or even occupy, human beings.
There are many myths surrounding angels. While some of them are commonly known, others are more obscure or vary from one religion to the next.
- According to the Jewish faith, every child is born with 11,000 guardian angels.
- Although they're typically portrayed as exclusively benevolent, certain passages of the Christian bible indicate that some angels exist purely to carry out punitive duties. These angels are known as avenging angels.
- Universally, angels seem to fit the same description: ethereally beautiful, luminescent and wise. Often times, they are reported to possess a halo over their heads or an aura that radiates from their bodies.
- A commonly held belief is that angels are incapable of wrong, but some texts refute this. A good example is Lucifer, who was once one of God's highest-ranking angels. Lucifer rebelled against Him and was subsequently banished from Heaven.
- Angels seem to possess an ability to speak and understand all of the languages of man.
- In Hinduism, angels are female nymphs whose primary role is sensual. They are said to be incapable of pregnancy, childbirth or nursing, but are still capable of having children. They are believed to provide joy and sensual delight to the divine.
- The word 'angel' comes from the Greek word angelos, meaning 'messenger'. This fits with the notion that angels are the messengers of God.