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Angels - God's Secret Agents Part 1 (5 of 6)
Series: Angels and Demons
OPENING: Well we finished up our study of Satan and Demons (If you missed any of that be sure to look up our podcast) and we are moving this week to the study of Angels.
As with Demons there are very wide ranging beliefs when it comes to the study of Angels.
• Mormons for example believe that Angels are spirits of deceased human or humans yet to be born.
o As such, Mormons also believe that Adam (the first man) is now the archangel Michael (Sort of a celestial upgrade) and that Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah
• The Bahi faith believes that people who love God on earth become Angels in Heaven.
• You may be aware that the Catholic Church was the origin of Christmas (Christ-Mass) But did you know that the Catholic Calendar points to Sept. 29 as Michaelmas - due to their veneration of Angels. Some even pray to angels. - we pray only to the God who dispatches angels.
• Many Family Bible Publishers seem to think that Angels are chubby naked babies with little-bity wings.
• In the 1994 hit Angels in the Outfield - Angels were the spirits of deceased major league ball players who would help players make out of this world catches are run at super sonic speed.
• Probably my favorite depiction of an angel in popular media was the 1996 hit movie Michael - where John Travolta played an archangel who smelled like cookies despite his pack a day cigarette habit - He went around from place to place smoteing things. In his defense he reminds his critics that he is an angel, not a saint.
ILLUSTRATION: I was reminded of how distorted our views of angels can be in my first funeral in rural Kentucky. I had only been at the Church for a day or two when I received a call that I might out to attend the funeral of a lady who had at one time attended the Church. The student pastor and I went together and arrived just before the service began. As we went in we were told ...
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