IT’S interesting how many people who don’t follow a particular religion, or wouldn’t even call themselves spiritual, believe in angels.
A Nielsen survey showed 51% of Australians believed in angels. That includes 10% of those who claim to be “non-believers”.
There real angels are something different to what most people think.
The Bible has more than 300 separate references to angels – awe-inspiring spiritual beings who delivered spiritual messages and warnings from God, and sometimes saved believers from death and serious injury.
The word angel is derived from the Greek word for messenger – angeloforos.
Angels are portrayed as extremely powerful images in the three main monotheiestic faiths of Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
Judaism, in particular, has always proclaimed the power of angels in elevating the material world to higher spiritual realms, and of bringing heaven closer to the earthly existence.
All three faiths portray angels as beings linked directly to God or, in the case of fallen angels, to Satan. In Heaven, according to monotheistic belief, the angels will be lesser than us.
Perhaps angels, not the ones on lapel pins but the real ones. move among us frequently.
Maybe it’s best just to keep in mind one of the New Testament’s simplest commandments: “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
As the poet Daisey Verlaef said: “ You’ll meet more angels on a winding path than on a straight one.” And so it seems.
And a song about angels from Sarah McLachlan and Carlos Santana Live.