Angels And Religion

For so many years up till the present, the existence or not of angels has been a hotly debated topic whereas in different scriptures of different religions, angels have always been mentioned. They are commonly identified to be messengers of God. Their existence has been recorded ever since the Greek and Mesopotamian civilizations. These winged creatures with time were no longer only regarded as messengers but also as protectors and guardians of humans.
Angels have been perceived, described and named in different ways by different religions. Even so, they all seem to be unified in one school of thought, which is, that angels exist to enrich the spirituality and lives of people.
Muslims have archangels that they believe in: Archangel Gabriel who delivered the message of the Qu’ran to Muhammad, Archangel Michael who is said to be responsible for rain, thunder and rewards to good people on Earth, Archangel Raphael who’s responsibility is to announce the arrival of Judgement Day, and the Angel of Death who separates the body and the soul on the time of death.
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)
Latter-Day Saints accept that angels are for real. That they are here to be a messengers and at the same time make sure that the work of the Lord is followed and implemented on Earth. Angels are prominently mentioned in the Doctrine and Covenants which play a major role in Mormon belief.
Latter-day Saints believe that angels actually participate in daily tasks. They are not only supernatural beings who appear from time to time, but they also exist along with the people.

According to Christian belief, angels were created by God long before he started creating the universe and mankind. Christians belief that angels are messengers that act on matters that are very important such as the annunciation of Mary and the resurrection of Christ. They serve as guardians, protectors and helpers of God.
Angels in the bible frequently appear as human beings as opposed to the common image of them being cute babies with wings. In Bible accuonts, angels during the annunciation of Mary were described by the shepherds as adults. While, on Christ’s tomb, the women met two men and informed them of the resurrection of Christ. They are often said to be bathed with light which makes it difficult to look at them directly and define their exact features.
There are also some Christian traditions citing that we are assigned to our guardian angels at birth, also, some believe that those who die after living a righteous life would become angels in the afterlife, but there is nothing mentioned in the Bible about this.
As in Christianity, Hebrews describe angels to be the messengers of God. Not only are they messengers but also, they implement God’s will. All angels owe their existence to God since they were created by God.
They do not always necessarily appear human like. The Jews also believe that angels can sit, walk, speak Hebrew and fly. The Hebrew Bible frequently mentions the angels in its books

Hindus take what cannot be seen as a very serious and important matter. They would believe that every tree or river crossing is a home for spirits. In India, they have what we would call deva or devata, they are referred to as the “shining one” of locals. Hindi scriptures would say that there are about 33 million devas in existence.
For Hindu, the Divinity and the spirituality behind these angels are more important that the angels themselves. They would believe that devas are only manifestations of a higher and supreme being.
These are the views of various religous groups worldwide concerning angels. As can be seen, there are a lot of striking similiarities among the religons.

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