Because today is considered Be an Angel Day, our Sunday Scribblings prompt for this week is Angel. If you decide to write a post based on this week’s prompt, be sure to go back here and share your link so everyone can see how you interpreted things! Here’s what I did with it…
I don’t know what to write about, y’all.
I’ve considered writing about my faith and what I truly believe about angels and their existence… but my faith isn’t as strong as it has been in the past and my theological and biblical knowledge is also slightly diminished, what with not setting foot inside a church in over a year. I’d blame COVID for that, but that’s just an easy excuse.
I’m not saying I’ve lost faith. No, my beliefs are still my beliefs and they have not and will not change. I still consider myself a Christian… a follower of Christ… I’m just not overly impressed with the state of the American church these days. I’d blame Trump for that, but he’s just a symptom of a larger problem.
But this isn’t about the Church. This isn’t about my belief in God. This is supposed to be about angels.
I do believe in angels. I believe they exist separate from humanity. Sorry to burst your bubble if you’re one who believes that good people die and become guardian angels like on that old show Highway to Heaven. No, angels are a separate creation of God and are meant to be servants and messengers.
I believe that we interact with angels without knowing it. Not all time, but I do think that angels appear in our lives in times of need and also in times of testing. I believe that guardian angels exist to protect us when necessary, even if we are unaware.
I believe that there is a hierarchy in the angelic order of things. I may not be able to quote Scripture chapter and verse like I could when I was in college and studying the Old and New Testaments for various Christian Studies courses, but I do know that the Bible describes various types of angels: archangels, seraphim, cherubim.
On the flip side of that coin, I also believe that demons exist. I believe that they are fallen angels in the same way that Satan is a fallen archangel. I don’t know if the story of Lucifer’s fall from grace is one that’s told in canon Scripture, or if it’s apocryphal, or if it’s just poetic license in Dante’s Inferno. But I’m pretty sure tradition holds that Lucifer was an archangel who was filled with pride and thought he could do God’s job better than Him. And he had a third of God’s angels backing him up. God won, Lucifer lost. So he and a third of the angels fell.
I think that’s how it goes. I never read Inferno. Maybe I got all that from Supernatural.
The point is… I believe angels exist. I believe demons exist. I believe God (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) exists. I believe Satan exists. I believe that there is spiritual warfare happening all around us that we are unable to see. But there’s even a part of me that has trouble believing that last part. I mean… I don’t have trouble with it… but I do at the same time.
Okay, I’m gonna go theological on you. Sorry… And if you don’t believe the same way I do, that’s fine. But part of my belief system and faith journey includes the fact that Jesus died on a cross and took on the sins of humanity, providing a means for us, humanity, to once again have a right relationship with God. I mean, that’s not a part of my belief system. That’s the cornerstone upon which all of my beliefs in Christianity are built.
That said… Why is spiritual warfare continually necessary? When Jesus was on the cross, He gave up his life and declared, “It is finished.” Maybe those words are left to interpretation for biblical scholars. But… to me… doesn’t that mean it’s over? The fight… the battle… Jesus won. By taking on all the sin of all the world, past, present, and future, didn’t he render Satan powerless?
Yet there is still evidence that angels and demons are all around us. I say evidence but I can only point to the paranormal activity that so many of us have experienced.
I don’t know. I do know that there are certain things that I believe based on faith and these are things that are unseen and cannot be empirically proven. But I also know that my faith is not perfect. I don’t think anyone’s faith is perfect. If it were, we’d be moving mountains, right?
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