Losing a loved one is probably one of life’s most difficult paths to walk. There is something so terribly hard about seeing their bodies lowered down into the cold, dark ground, knowing we have to walk away and won’t see them again in this life. Maybe that is why, between our need to make it all seem more palatable and Hollywood’s incessant misrepresentation of life after death, we have developed a belief that when we die we become angels.
No where in God’s Holy Bible does it say we become angels or that we can “earn our angel wings.”
In fact, we can’t “earn” our way into heaven at all. God created angels to be His ministers, to do His biding. All the angels were created before God created mankind and breathed His life into us. Angels don’t die. They are eternal beings. That sets us apart from the angels.
Angels are real and it is definitely an interesting study, but there isn’t time in this post to give a detailed explanation of what the Bible teaches about them. I can tell you that you don’t really want to be an angel since redemption isn’t available to them. Satan was God’s most beautiful angel, but he got it in his head that he could be God himself, so he rebelled and took 1/3 of the angels down with him. Matthew 25:41 tells us that Hell was prepared for the devil and his angels. What? No way of redemption? No. Redemption is God’s amazing grace to mankind.
Yes, it is a seemingly sweet sentiment that God needed another angel in heaven, but it is just not true. I thank God for creating mankind to be in relationship with Him and that when we screwed up, He provided a way through the death of His Son, Jesus, for redemption. It is God’s gift to those who believe in their hearts that He is who He says He is. I praise Him that this gift was mine for the taking and that when I exhale my last breath, I will be with Him, redeemed, resurrected, and renewed, not as an angel but as one made in the image of God.
Lots of love, Sharon