Did you know that-
- The theological study of angels is known as “angelology“.
- The term “angel” has also been expanded to various notions of spirits found in many other religious traditions.
- In Abrahamic religions and Zoroastrianism, angels are often depicted as benevolent celestial beings who act as intermediaries between God or Heavenand Earth, or as guardian spirits or a guiding influence.
- Angels (Arabic: ملائكة , Malāʾikah) are mentioned many times in the Qur’an and Hadith. Islam is clear on the nature of angels in that they are messengers of God. They have no free will, and can do only what God orders them to do.
- In the teachings of Theosophy, Devas are regarded as living either in the atmospheres of the planets of the solar system (Planetary Angels) or inside the Sun (Solar Angels) and they help to guide the operation of the processes of nature such as the process of evolution and the growth of plants; their appearance is reputedly like colored flames about the size of a human. It is believed by Theosophists that devas can be observed when the third eye is activated. Some (but not most) devas originally incarnated as human beings.
- In terms of their clothing, angels, especially the Archangel Michael, were depicted as military-style agents of God and came to be shown wearing Late Antique military uniform.
- Christians inherited Jewish understandings of angels, which in turn may have been partly inherited from the Egyptians.
- According to St Augustine, ” ‘Angel’ is the name of their office, not of their nature. If you seek the name of their nature, it is ‘spirit’; if you seek the name of their office, it is ‘angel’: from what they are, ‘spirit’, from what they do, ‘angel'”
- Angels have appeared in works of art since early Christian art, Angel-like beings appear in art from before the Christian era. Figures in ancient Mesopotamian and Greek art may be the inspiration for the common Christian image of angels, a popular subject for Byzantine and European paintings and sculpture.
- Angels are usually intended, in both Christian and Islamic art, to be beautiful, though several depictions attempt for more awesome/frightening attributes, notably in the depiction of the living creatures, ophanim and cherubim.
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