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Do angels actually exist ?

Posted on Friday, 11 January, 2013 | Comment icon 198 comments | News tip by: Render

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Angels have been a staple of spiritual beliefs for millennia, but is there any truth behind them ?

The typical idea of an angel usually points to a tall, winged being bathed in light who acts as the bringer of good fortune, healing or salvation. Angels make common appearances in greetings cards, decorations and in popular media during the holidays. While the word 'angel' means 'messenger' in Hebrew, these days they have been regarded more as guardians. Some people have attributed their recovery from a serious illness or survival of a car accident to angelic intervention.

A 2007 survey found that on average more than half of those who identify themselves as religious believe that they have had an experience with an angel. Despite there being no concrete evidence to support the existence of such beings they are nonetheless well established both in popular culture and the general consciousness of both the spiritual and non-spiritual alike.

"Angels can take many forms, usually appearing as human or a glowing light or aura."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #189 Posted by Kludge808 on 25 January, 2013, 21:07
Sorry ... I've been fighting a massive headache and a couple cracked ribs for the past week or so. Thinking is not a high priority at the moment.
Comment icon #190 Posted by Etu Malku on 25 January, 2013, 21:26
If that's YOU "fighting a massive headache and a couple cracked ribs" . . .then I want to see you 100%!!!!!!!
Comment icon #191 Posted by Kludge808 on 25 January, 2013, 21:31
I'm sorry but when did I become subject to your edicts? That's a memo I never received.
Comment icon #192 Posted by StarMountainKid on 25 January, 2013, 21:52
I voted no because I'm not a believer in religion. As an aside, it's interesting that in Buddhism, Buddhas are considered to be superior to angels and even superior to gods.
Comment icon #193 Posted by Jor-el on 25 January, 2013, 22:33
The criteria is self evident when discussing angels, there is experiential evidence, and then there is written evidence, that can be classified as historical evidence. Naturally both types of evidence have detractors for the most varied reasons, the weakness in both arguments is that you cannot call on an angel to appear at your whim, and you cannot travel in time to experience the veracity of the written accounts. Taking for granted that most people will not lie about an account of this nature if it happens to them, then there is more than sufficient evidence to back the possibility of th... [More]
Comment icon #194 Posted by Gummug on 6 February, 2013, 0:43
Whoa, that's a bit terrifying to me. It could explain the likes of people like Ted Bundy, whom everyone seemed to have a high opinion of, until his true nature was revealed...sorry for getting a bit off topic.
Comment icon #195 Posted by Helen of Annoy on 6 February, 2013, 16:10
Not too off topic, in my opinion, since most beliefs recognize both angels and demons – and the most important difference is in their intentions. So I seriously believe sometimes we are assisted by beings we call angels, while destructive people are assisted by beings we call demons. Names don't matter, we could call them givers and takers or apples and pears, what matters is the intention. Visible from the outcomes of one's actions if not right away. Again, it’s all clear for religious people, namely Christians, the Devil is real and seductive. But a lot of non-rel... [More]
Comment icon #196 Posted by Gummug on 6 February, 2013, 22:39
I agree with you Helen o A. I had read and heard that for example Hitler seemed to live a charmed life...he survived multiple assassination least until the day he took his own life in the bunker (some deny this happened but I've also heard the Russians have his body and have given DNA proof of his death). Sometimes I wonder why God lets really evil people live so long...I guess one day we'll know...
Comment icon #197 Posted by Helen of Annoy on 7 February, 2013, 17:08
Hitler is classic example of indestructible destructive man... and it’s not only him, Stalin had to be finished off with a hammer (so says the legend), Castro lives so persistently he now qualifies for a zombie, the former state in which I lived had its own bullet-proof dictator, and so on and on. We can rationalize and say dictators are constantly surrounded with body guards, ride armoured cars, sleep in literal bunkers, everything they eat and drink was tested (imagine doing that for living), have the best available medical care, they are secured in any possible way, but still they see... [More]
Comment icon #198 Posted by David Henson on 7 February, 2013, 19:54
The word angel is sort of unique in that if it is applied in context to humans it is rendered messenger and if to a spirit creature it is translated as angel. The Hebrew malakh and the Greek aggelos literally mean "messenger." (Genesis 16:7; 32:3 / James 2:25 / Revelation 22:8)

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