Angels Within Christianity
An angel is a spiritual being in different religions. Theological study of angels is called angelology. Abrahamic faiths often portray them as divine messengers and protectors of humanity, though other roles have been interpreted by modern scientists.
In Christian theology, angels are angels sent from God to redeem humanity and warn God’s people of the coming tribulation. In Judaism, angels are messengers of God’s word, but not as intermediaries like Christians do. The closest we can get to a precise definition in Jewish writings is an archangel, meaning a messenger or a sentry sent from the Creator to redeem man from sin.
Theonomic theology considers angels as separate beings, created for specific purposes, but sharing the same God as human beings. These beings have personal identities that are recognized as individual angels, yet share the same divinity with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This means that there are also divinities such as angels of healing, judgment, sight, and tongues. Theonomic theology also teaches that there are sevenfold angels, each divided into two classes: archangels and dominators.
Dominator angels are believed to be superior to archangels, having authority over lesser archangels such as cherubs, psalmuses, and titans. The role of the dominator angel is to guide humanity toward its destiny as a human participant in the scheme of God’s plans. There is a quotation attributed to the Book of Enoch that reads, ‘Let them command the Angelic Powers and stand forth in the presence of God; for He will save him, for He is His shield, and his glory’.
According to traditional interpretation, guardian angels are messengers from the Creator to mankind. The main article on this subject points out that there is no evidence to support this claim. There is no evidence that God had a personal relationship with any of the Old Testament characters, or that he spoke to any of the lost tribes of Israel. In fact, there is one book that speaks of the personal relationship between God the creator and Sarah, who is the mother of Isaac, saying, ‘God Almighty said to Sarah, Let me take on a spirit of Healing, and fill thee with knowledge: for thy spirit hath commanded me concerning this matter, and, lo, I am ready;’ – Isaac, Book of Deuteronomy.
Within the Christian religion, the role of angels has different roles and they are believed to be sent by God to guide, guard, teach, speak to, console, and warn of theiquets. Within the Jewish religion, there are three types of angel: cherubim, seraphim, and gargoyles. These are believed to guard and assist the Jewish people by sending them commandments, blessings, peace, and mercy. Finally, the Islamic religion believes that angels are messengers and sent to warn of impending attacks by non believers, calamities, and sometimes by telling the person that they have passed away.