The Biblical Concept of Angels

By Peter Darcy | On Nov 7, 2015 | No Comments | In Angels

By Peter Darcy

For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, who masquerade as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan masquerades as an angel of light (2 Cor 11:14).

It is admittedly difficult for monotheistic believers to understand the logic of Paganism and Wicca with regard to angels because it is not logical at all. The lack of distinction between angels, deities, gods, spirits, animals, creatures, and the like in Pagan/Wiccan traditions becomes a distinct spiritual problem for them, one that is insoluble on a logical level. Who is to say that Valkyries, so-called “enlightened beings”, the great horned god, the moon goddess, guardians, and master teachers are actually benevolent beings? What proof have we? Pagans and Wiccans lack even a plausible theory about this matter.

Thankfully the Judeo/Christian theology of spiritual beings is devoid of complexity and confusion. In fact, the biblical concept of angels is extremely simple to understand. Angels are purely spiritual beings created by God, who serve God and communicate His ways to man. Angels are either totally good or totally evil. There are no partially-good or partially-bad angels. The biblical picture of angels is painted in black and white, not color. The good angels work for our union with God, and the bad angels work for the opposite result. There is nothing complex about this idea. God has revealed the nature of angels to us with absolute clarity and, therefore, we don’t have to create theories about it. We just have to contemplate it, as Christians have done for centuries.

The idea of “angel” is comprehensible even to children. The angels of God are perfectly holy creatures sent by God “to light and guard, to rule and guide” us, as the traditional guardian angel prayer says, while the fallen angels are spiritual enemies that seek to harm us in all the ways depicted in the bible: seduction, deception, oppression, and, ultimately, demonic possession. Because the fallen angels are highly intelligent beings that can harm us spiritually, we pray to be liberated from their power, as in the petition of the Our Father which asks God to keep us from the temptation and “deliver us from evil”. The holy angels are also intelligent and are so powerful that they can sometimes take on human form, but it is not their nature to be “incarnate” or to make their presences known to us. They generally exercise their ministry behind the veil of our visible lives and activities.

Because of the clarity, simplicity, and authority of our teaching on spiritual things, Christians can arrive at a plausible explanation for all beings in the universe: the material and organic world, animals, man, angels, and God. Pagans and Wiccans, on the other hand, lack any reasonable theory of spiritual beings and are left with highly anomalous ideas about them, such as that they are fugitives from the lost City of Atlantis or that they are revealed by a karmic shift of universal energy. In other words, Christian teaching can reasonably explain what the Pagan/Wiccan mindset cannot. Our belief is that all those supposed spiritual beings that the Pagans and Wiccans have contact with – sprites, pantheons, relative guides, spirit associates, gods, faeries, phantoms, etc. – only exist as members of the angelic nature, whatever name they might be given. They are either good or evil, nothing in between.

The most dangerous element of the Pagan/Wiccan mindset is that they presume that all or most these spiritual beings are good, kind, and helpful. If they talk about “negative” or fallen spiritual beings at all, they have no way to identify which ones are which.

How do they know they are not being deceived?

(Excerpt from Angel Worship, by Peter Darcy, to be published in 2017.)

Written by Peter Darcy

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