What happens by coincidence is that men are naturally more capable of combat than women, although there do in fact exist women that are just as capable as their male counterparts. Because of this, women will always be a minority in the military, since men are just naturally more physically capable to serve in combat than women.
Due to this, men continued and still continue to be the majority of members of comabt roles in the military. Having said this, I am waiting for solid evidence that the Bible says women are worth less than men in terms of dignity, thank you. Hello, again. It seems every protester of the Faith has issues with the seemingly restrictive nature of the laws and codes prescribed in the book of Leviticus. Here is what I believe should clarify the situation of Lev In servitude, a servant is often valued more for what their capabilities are than anything else.
In ancient civilizations such as that of the Israelites, most occupations and social activities were not very intellectually-based, and instead were based mostly around physical capability. For that reason, intellect was, although valued, not yet valued as much as sheer strength. As a result, these societies saw that the anatomy of a male person was naturally more capable fof heavy lifting and physically demanding work. For that reason, they usually payed higher wages and offered more money in exchange for services for males than females in their work-oriented society.
Read into the later verses and you see that older men and young boys were not valued as much either, and they were still in fact males. Why were females in general not valued as much, though? Because females are, as research and experience has shown, natually more intellectually capable than men. Young girls, however, did not yet develop those intellectual skills that adult women had, and senior women naturally tired easier than young adults. Yet despite the intelligence of these women, the kind of society they lived in was not nearly as interested in the arts and literature an such as our world today.
Now, what of the women who were more physically capable than other women? Well, women were not expected to be naturally capable, so those special women who were strong were few and far between. See, as humans, we are accustomed to perceiving and interpreting everything in the physical sense. What we must keep in mind is that these spiritual beings we sometimes call angels, other times gods, other times spirit animals, etc.
Because of that, there exist no phenotype or genotype to specify what the gender or sex of these beings are. Apply Buddhism a philosophy, not religion to this very same analogy. We can only strive for a glimpse of enlightenment. Again, another good albeit common question, Randy. If you can see God or in your case, the idea of God as the Grand Scientist who has created humanity for His own purposes, the experiment must be allowed to run amok.
Yes, at any time the test could be interrupted and the virus could be destroyed, but how does that serve science? I believe that God created us because He, like us, wants us to have a choice to want to love Him. If we are created in His Image, then he has a basic need to be loved. And, what would you rather have? One who has to love you or one who wants to love you? How does this adapt to your rape scenario? How will we react? If the scientist alters the course of the virus to save the substrate, how is that science? In science, we have two big things: ignorance of the outcome until it occurs, and ethical restrictions born of developing standards for treating others of our species and of other species.
The Bible God has neither. Moreover, not every scientist behaves similarly to every other. Just like the rest of them. Scientists run experiments to learn things. Your God already knows what the outcome will be. I already know what the outcome will be. That is unethical and does not teach me anything. Why are people more ethical than your God? We set limits to behavior to protect others. Your God sets no limits on his depravity.
I believe there are grenades which do not explode as the wielder intended. Therefore, you cannot know that which you state you would know, with any degree of certainty. Surely you must at some point wonder why God has created this sick perpetual game of hide and seek? And you are quite wrong. We DO have to love God or he will torture us for eternity. You demonize pedophiles while being a homosexual yourself. Hypocrite much? I would think twice before passing judgement on a person. Pass judgement on a person themself. The only things we can, as humans, authoritatively judge are actions, and so Randy is indeed executing hypocritical actions, but I would refrain from branding his actual person a hypocrite.
That said, this is how I would put it:. Randy, you are behaving in a hypocritical manner by condemning pedophiles, rapists, and other sexual offenders while still defending the crime of homosexual activity and relationships. Please consider that reality about sexual tendencies and orientations. And change your opinions to fit that reality.
Boy Randy. You are one angry person. Not angry at all. Perhaps the better question is, why is your reaction to someone asking questions to cast aspersions on their character? What about my questions triggers such fear in you that you feel compelled to lash out against me? Thanks for your delightful Christian compassion, friend. You are here ranting and lashing out at all those who hope in something that gets them through their troubles in life while you angrily lash out at them because of your own personal beliefs. What business is it of yours what they believe in? Do they not have a right to believe in that which they choose?
Are you offended because they do not believe and support your wicked lifestyle; because their light shines on your darkness? Nothing worse than an unhappy and self-loathing queer who wants to make everyone around him unhappy too. For the record, not all Christians are zealots and some even enjoy the debate of an agnostic or athiest. I certainly do.
More scientific and inquisitive. He poses valid questions. Neither side could be proved, without a doubt, therefore I choose to believe that which the author has written is true and the Truth. It may not be the fate of all who did or did not do this to be saved or not. But she called upon God in her exact moment of need and experienced more than earth could provide to save her.
Thank you, Monica, for sharing your story. Your assumption of my blind following is misguided, to say the least. I was once an athiest. For the sake of an educated discussion, may I suggest you treat me similarly? Its nice to know that guardian angels helped you. There was large contingent of police, mountain rescue and a helicopter all out looking for her, along with public announcements and sightings but sadly it was all to no avail. Were they on holiday? Incidentally, the lady leaves behind her disabled son, who lived with her. Fuck God, and fuck the angels.
Sometimes god works in mysterious ways to us because we just know so little at this point. But the universe is fair. Every major religion, ever has some word for it. Even our sense of time is governed by circadian rhythms and hormone responses. We only understand time linearly and space 3 dimensionally.
A huge part of our understanding of reality is due to how our very limited biological makeup. Maybe they saved her from something far worse from happening or she and her son had some sort of Karmic debt to pay off from a past life. This can then be passed down to our ancestors, acting as somewhat of a simulation to a past life. Thoughts and prayers go out to her, her son, and you. I know you have the humility to accept what has happened and question your reality rather than hate it.
My reality is often frightening. This is what is currently destroying the Christian faith. God went from a very vocal, violent and interventionalist deity to complete and utter silence in a few thousand years. No wonder the atheists are riding high. I think life should just be about living and enjoying it, and being sensitive to others. Angels as revealed by Scriptures are spiritual beings created by God to serve Him though created higher than man.
I have not seen one in my lifetime yet. They exist before the creation of the earth. They are omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent, all in limited ways. Good angels were in heaven and also on earth, but not fallen angels which were in the abyss and also roaming on earth. Angels were created simultaneously as a company and are not subject to multiply as do with humans.
They are not also subject to death but they are waiting for judgment time for good angels but for fallen angels they are destined to the lakes of fires. When a person dies holy and goes to heaven, its above angels. Good angels is more powerful than fallen angels.
Someone could also add on this. They are powerful, intelligent, and present, more so than we are, but in limited ways, as you said. Have you ever wondered why, if God is so great, he would command or cause so much suffering and death? Or, perhaps, have you ever wondered why a supremely moral and powerful entity would ever require animal sacrifices as a prerequisite to forgiving someone? Why should forgiveness ever hinge upon killing anything? The satin and all of his other demons fallen angels are the author of ALL evil, death, destruction, etc, etc.
God has 2 wills. Good or bad. Or should I say when there is a possibility of a lot of good to be made of the bad thing. It is my opinion that how much good can come of it, is up to all of us humans. All the best minds in all of human history combined, are still nothing compared to the mind of God. May God bless you Randy in your search for answers.
Satan is a fabrication. A subtle distinction, I admit, but it matters. He does NOT directly change our free will, i. When a Muslim is convinced that Mohammed has visited them, how can the Muslim determine whether or not it was a hallucination, without resorting to special pleading? In other words without asserting its falsehood by insisting upon the exclusive truth of your own religious belief, how could the Muslim tell a hallucination of Mohammed from actual divine visitation? What is the methoddology you would use, what investigative means would you bring to bear on such an experience?
And, finally, you said that your deity is in control of demons that you believe exist to cause humans harm. If I am in control of a thing that is harming you, do you hold the thing responsible, or me, the one actually controlling it so that it causes you harm?
Book of Revelation
You have just declared your deity directly and personally responsible for whatever harm you believe these supposed demons inflict. Information received from either A good angel or B fallen angel demon. They are the 2 that are quite difficult to tell the difference for uneducated people. I think of a hallucination as being an electrical failure in a brain. If I had to discern if a vision, idea, etc… was from an Angel vs Demon posing as an Angel, I would seek professional help.
First step is to ask yourself if what you are being urged to do is something that Jesus has said you should do, already documented in the New Testament. I have not read any, but there are books written on clues you should look for to help you discern. I dearly LOVE your last question the best of all. Remember how I said not to resort to special pleading? But, you went ahead and did it anyway.
The Muslim would not believe your religion is correct, therefore your special pleading would not be convincing. The Muslim needs to figure out whether it was really Mohammed or a hallucination. How would he do that? Also, are priests experts in psychology? No, they are not. When trying to figure out if you are hallucinating, you should consult someone who is an expert on the brain. If you are hearing voices in your head that you are convinced are the voice of God, should you consult a priest? And, a priest who cares about his parishioners would tell you the exact same thing. If I am controlling the car that hits you, is the car responsible for the collision or am I?
I do not believe any of this has anything to do with hallucinating, therefore I have not discussed it at all. I am sorry you misread my post s , I in no way would suggest you go to a Priest for hallucinating. If the Priest thinks what you are describing is neither of the two, they will quickly suggest you seek medical help. Demons and Angels do. Even attack dogs do not have that. Yes, God most certainly completely controls all angels and demons alike. Control is most certainly not the best word tho.
Limit is a much better word. Angels are always wanting to help us. Demons are always wanting to harm us. Attached in this post is another source I recently found for you to view. It contains info regarding how God controls angels. Chad Ripperger yet tho. Randy, I am sorry I seem to have offended you, but I am getting the impression you are simply looking for an argument.
You continue to misquote my posts, and also accuse me of special pleading. Wiki, Special pleading is a form of fallacious argument that involves an attempt to cite something as an exception to a generally accepted rule, principle, etc. That is a brain malfunction that I am no expert on, nor are typical Parish Priests. Yet, if a priest is going to advise about whether a vision is supernatural or a hallucination, there must be some criteria to distinguish them. You keep saying various people would figure it out, but never explain how. I am sorry, I can not directly answer your question on this because I am not a Priest, or any other form of Clergy.
I attempted to do a google search for a list for you, but failed…. I do not have any internet where I am currently staying. I have to take a drive to get it, so I am not able to check these every day. If someone is having visions, one must first determine whether it is hallucinations or not. How can that be done? Also, is it not noteworthy that as science improves, these miraculous visions decrease in frequency despite greater populations? But, in areas with little development, they are more common. I as a young Lady in my twenties experienced the Holy Spirit come over me in church when I went up as they were praying for us, and placing their hands on our heads.
This was a Church of God. I felt an incredible sensation come over me, and all I could do was cry tears of joy. I have never again experienced anything like that. Later in life when I was married to my second Husband he had a health condition that caused two of his fingers to get gaingreen and have to be removed. This caused a lot of pain and he started taking a lot of pain medicine unfortuniatly from all of this he became depressed and started using drugs which caused our marriage to fall apart.
I was held down by an unseen force, choked. I could not move, speak or anything I started praying and it released me. I did see this Demon and, I was never on drugs. He was a dark figure very tall, hallow eyes as if nothing was there. This went on for awhile. He wanted to behead me. When I asked his name he said Lucifer. I ended up cleansing my house with salt water and telling him to leave my home in the name of Jesus Christ it all stopped after that. I left my Husband and that home and have never been happier. So yes I believe. If you ever experience something like this you will become a believer as well.
Is it not possible that you had a seizure of some sort? You have a brain. Brains can misfire. This can cause seizures resulting in, but not limited to, visual and auditory hallucination, loss of fine and gross motor control, and difficulty breathing. And, have you ever consulted a doctor about this episode? It could be a form of epilepsy, infection, or brain tumor. The longer you attribute those symptoms to demons, the less time you nay have to get a potentially lethal condition diagnosed and treated.
Please, go see a doctor. I hope your fellow Catholics here will join me in my recommendation. In less developed regions, superstition and spoof religion is more common as knowledge is less available. In more developed areas, secular thought increases, which is difficult to balance with religious thought, so more individuals end up with incomplete knowledge and therefore become skeptics, much like yourself. Please tell how this can be defined as circular reasoning? You and I are both aware of the reality that once one begins to study a specific area, one is most likely to concentrate on that specific area and accidentally miss the other side of the coin.
In your case, you have done so first with Roman Catholicism, then atheism. If my belief is false, then time will reveal such. I am not in the position to prove true testimony from false testimony, however I am in position to give pointers as to whether it is one or the other. Defined categories do not exist in this department, because circumstances can fluctuate. I would also have to be certified to deliver a just verdict on the matter, which laymen like myself are not completely certified to do.
Clergy, on the other hand, are ordained ministers, and therefore are entrusted to God so that He may guide their reasoning; they, in a sense, have special authority that most other members of the Church do not have. Just present ANY demonstration of a true testimony ever. It relies on circular reasoning, and I will show how it is. Would you mind showing me an example of your own? I am curious to see you use your own knowledge to exemplify, rather than using my own limited knowledge. Is that ok with you? I am aware of no phenomena that are not explicable by natural means or, in the absence of such, can be demonstrated to be of any supernatural cause.
He actually has that background. Here is a video where he talks about Exorcism, Philosophy, Psychology… and does talk about hallucination too. Speaking other languages? Surely he has recordings of this, right? No recordings? Just an alleged transcript allegedly taken to an alleged linguist? Oh…what powerful evidence. Video recordings of superhuman strength or polymorphism? Just claims that it totally happened? Levitation is not what we often imagine. Arching up counts. So, yeah…. Do you see why this is not compelling in any way to someone not already believing this stuff?
Seriously, you need to learn more about what the church actually says about this stuff, and you should start asking yourself, if this stuff is true, where is the evidence? Why is it all claims about phenomena but no video in a time when everybody has a cell phone and every cell phone has a camera, and camcorders are also cheap and readily available? Actually, the entirety of your above reply had nothing to do with why i sent you that link… I sent it to show you I was wrong when I previously said that you would most likely never find a priest to advise you about hallucinations… This one could do it.
He has also explained that the likelihood of it being spiritual, or your term of supernatural, to be pretty low.
Belief is a decision. One can choose not to believe. That choice made, it is very difficult to effect a change by persuasive argument, as there is never sufficient evidence for acceptance. How was anything proven before modern electronic technology existed? Written transcripts, and testimonies we would assume these were honest testimonies. You cannot base all evidence on the definition of video footage and audio recordings. You ask questions, we answer them.
Do not attempt to teach something you do not understand. Thankfully, Kevin did recognize a flaw in his arguement, so we must recognize that much from you. Others declare it so, and you go along with it. How grandiose a delusion to suppose it does. Come, now. Be reasonable. Do I have a role in this? Yes I do, thank you very much. Do I exercise that priviledge often? No, because I almost never need to. Did you know that I have a role in this? Your role has nothing to do with determining doctrine, as you claimed. I did not say my role has NOTHING to do with determining doctrine, I said I do not often participate in the determination of doctrine because there is currently no need for me to do so.
Again, I state, we determine our doctrine. You ask questions, we answer as best we can. If the answer does not satisfy you, continue to look until you find one that does. Do not despair. For all we know, you might be satisfied elsewhere. All we ask of you is that all you do is ask; do not assume the role of teacher that has not been given to you. The Vatican does that, not laypeople. What you think doctrine is, or ought to be, will be forever irrelevant until you are part of the group in Rome that decides such things. And that list is not a small one of two or three.
Suppose hypotheically that such a function has changed for whatever reason. Why should it bother you? There is no reason for you to itch so much over not having complete authority for yourself. Do you feel so powerless and fearful of leaving the authority to those who know how to use it?
In that case, God would be responsible for unfortunate events, as you have said. In which case He is NOT responsible for diabolical activity. As an anology, the US Congress has the power to impeach a President obviously, there must be good reason to do so, so let us assume that there is actively reason to do so. Just because the US Congress has the authority to enforce their authority over the presidency, this does not mean that Congress actively impeaches US Presidents.
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Likewise, God possess the power and authority to control demons and really any creature , however He does not actively do so unless the command to the demon being subjected is a restraint from activity. Concerning your automobile analogy, suppose you grant permission to your freind to drive your car. At the time of the accident, if you are driving, then it is your fault. If your freind is driving, then your freind who was driving your vehicle will be held responsible. Likewise, if God were to command a demon to inlfuence a terrorist group to make an attack, then yes, God would be responsible.
Yes, I hear myself loud and clear. God does actively permit evil, because on a later date He will use that to His advantage, for our benefit. If I intentionally allow children to be raped because later I will do something super good, is that justifiable? Again, monetary value does not apply. What you should have said was: if you murder my entire family, and then that serves to strengthen me in my ability to survive, then is that justified? In other words, what is justified is the result, not the cause. The result of the murder was death, so that is justified as I became stronger.
The cause of the death was murder, which is not justified. Money does me no good whatsoever, other than maybe feed me and clothe me for a few years. You may not use pedophilia or murder. So, shut it! You do realize that Randy Wanat is a sexual deviant who would use every lie ever invented to excuse his unnatural lifestyle, right? And to top it all off, he thinks he has the right to judge other sins. Therefore, I cannot take your argument seriously. Oh Randy, you are anxious and worried about many things, but there is need of only one.
They have chosen the better part and it will not be taken from them. How unsearchable are His ways. Exactly why you should leave the discussion. Your choice not to believe is just that, your choice. Allow us the respect to discuss spiritual things, that is, things not observable by man as our freedom allows us to. Your a smart guy. Go google it and research both biblical and secular writings on Jesus.
May God have mercy on you and give you an honest and open journey. Just to be clear, my reading about Jesus is not the reason for my faith. That was given to me as a gift. Oh Randy. Rhetorical question- that means no need to respond here. There are at least 3 reasons based on your commentary, that come to mind anyone of which could stand by itself or be in company with any and all others:1 the spirit of hypocrisy, that is to say, one does not hold themselves to the same standards in which they pontificate.
Quadruply repulsive when accompanied by 1. This is awful when it misleads others and sad when we do it to ourselves. I hope and pray for those that suffer from these that they would be free. Its sad when one rejoices in these experiences. I kindly ask you to leave the discussions and hope your ego allows you to do so. Eloquent statements no matter how intellectually superior you make them sound, can cover up your obviously supercilious and faithless statements. Only One can cover them. Luke Luke John Acts 1 Corinthians 12, 13 Ephesians 1 John 1 Corinthians , Romans , , 25, 28, Josephus never wrote anything about Jesus.
It appears your standards of evidence need to be raised. Josephus, Antiquities As therefore Ananus was of such a disposition, he thought he had now a good opportunity, as Festus was now dead, and Albinus was still on the road; so he assembled a council of judges, and brought before it the brother of Jesus the so-called Christ, whose name was James, together with some others, and having accused them as law-breakers, he delivered them over to be stoned.
James is not Jesus. He was writing about James. In other words, what others said about him. Other called Him the Christ because he fit the office of the Christ, which was described in the Old Testament. Simple example of Scriptural incompetency, however we Catholics are here to answer your questions, Randy, so we will continue to answer your questions as long as you do not attempt to show us up; remember, the trainee here is you, and we are the teachers.
Not you. Conspiracies do not last for entire millennia, if that is what you are suggesting. The stories line up because that is what is demonstrably true. The conspiracy only lasted until about CE, while they were trying in earnest to start a religion. At that time, charismatic messianic rabbis were all over that region. And I sealed the  demon and set him to work at stone-cutting, so that he might cut the stones in the Temple, which, lying along the shore, had been brought by the Sea of Arabia.
But he, fearful of the iron, continued and said to me: "I pray thee, King Solomon, let me go free; and I will bring you all the demons. And the angel bade the whales 10 of the sea come out of the abyss. And he cast his destiny upon the ground, and that [destiny] made subject [to him] the great demon And he commanded the great demon and bold Ornias , to cut stones at the Temple And accordingly I Solomon glorified the God of heaven and Maker of the earth.
And he bade Ornias come with his destiny, and gave him the seal, saying: "Away with thee, and bring me hither the prince of all the demons. The sea monsters are named Behemoth the male and Leviathan the female in 4Ezra , 1En So Ornias took the finger-ring, and went off to Beelzeboul , who has kingship over the demons.
He said to him: "Hither! Solomon calls thee.
And when I saw the prince of demons, I glorified the Lord God, Maker of heaven and earth, and I said: "Blessed art thou, Lord God Almighty, who hast given to Solomon thy servant wisdom, the assessor of the wise, and hast subjected unto me all the power of he devil. And I questioned him, and said: "Who art thou? And all  the demons have their chief seats close to me.
And I it is who make manifest the apparition of each demon. And I again glorified the God of heaven and earth, as I do always give thanks to him. I then asked of the demon if there were females among them. And when he told me that there were, I said that I desired to see them.
So Beelzeboul went off at high speed, and brought unto me Onoskelis, that had a very pretty shape, and the skin of a fair-hued woman; and she tossed her head And when she was come, I said to her: "Tell me who art thou? There is a golden cave where I lie. But I have a place that ever shifts At one time I strangle men with a noose; at another, I creep up from the nature to the arms [in marg: "worms"] But my most frequent dwelling-places are the precipices, caves, ravines.
Oftentimes, however, do I consort with men in the semblance of a woman, and above all with those of a dark skin For they share my star with me; since they it is who privily or openly worship my star, without knowing that they harm themselves, and but whet my appetite for further mischief. For they wish to provide money by means of memory commemoration?
I am a spirit which has been made into a body. And I Solomon questioned her about her birth, and she replied: "I was born of a voice untimely, the so-called echo of a man's ordure 20 dropped in a wood. For the demon born of an echo we have an analogue in the Hebrew Bath Kol, "the daughter of a voice. And I said to her: "Under what star dost thou pass? But she cried aloud, and said: "I am [subjected] to thee, O king, by the wisdom of God given to thee, and by the angel Joel.
So I commanded her to spin the hemp for the ropes used in the building of the house of God; and accordingly, when I had sealed and bound her, she was so overcome and brought to naught as to stand night and day spinning the hemp. And I at once bade another demon to be led unto me; and instantly there approached me the demon Asmodeus 23 , bound, and I asked him: "Who art thou? Wherefore also my star is bright in heaven, and men call it, some the Wain 25 , and some the dragon's child. I keep near unto this star. So ask me not many things; for thy kingdom also after a little time is to be disrupted, and thy glory is but for a season.
And short will be thy tyranny over us; and then we shall again have free range over mankind, so as that they shall revere us as if we were gods, not knowing, men that they are, the names of the angels set over us. And I Solomon, on hearing this, bound him more carefully, and ordered him to be flogged with thongs of ox-hide 26 , and to tell me humbly what was his name and what his business. And he answered me thus: "I am called Asmodeus among mortals, and my business is to plot against the newly wedded, so that they may not know one another.
And I sever them utterly by many calamities, and I waste away the beauty of virgin women, and estrange their hearts. And I said to him: "Is this thy only business? But the liver and gall of a fish put me to flight, when smoked over ashes of the tamarisk Tell me the name of the fish which thou reverest.
Compare Tobit , where Raphael instructs him in the use of the gall, heart, and liver for various cures. And I said to him: "Hast thou nothing else about thee, Asmodeus? I pray thee, King Solomon, condemn me not to [go into] water. But thou shalt also make the clay for the entire construction of the Temple, treading it down with thy feet. And the demon groaned terribly, and did the work I ordered him to do. And this I did, because that fierce demon Asmodeus knew even the future. And I Solomon glorified God, who gave wisdom to me Solomon his servant.
And the liver of the fish and its gall I hung on the spike of a reed 30 , and burned it over Asmodeus because of his being so strong, and his unbearable malice was thus frustrated. And I summoned again to stand before me Beelzeboul, the prince of demons, and I sat him down on a raised seat of honour, and said to him: "Why art thou alone, prince of the demons? For I was first angel in the first heaven being entitled Beelzeboul. And now I control all those who are bound in Tartarus. But I too have a child 33 , and he haunts the Red Sea.
THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST
And on any suitable occasion he comes up to me again, being subject to me; and reveals to me what he has done, and I support him. I Solomon said unto him: "Beelzeboul, what is thy employment? And my own demons I set on 36 to men, in order that the latter may believe in them and be lost. And the chosen servants of God, priests and faithful men, I excite unto desires for wicked sins, and evil heresies, and lawless deeds; and they obey me, and I bear them on to destruction. And I inspire men with envy, and [desire for] murder, and for wars and sodomy, and other evil things.
Sometimes angels take human form, as seen in the men who appeared to Abraham and Lot in Genesis , or Raphael who appeared in human form to Tobias. Michael as one of the leading angels is considered "Prince" of the heavenly hosts, and appears three times in the Book of Daniel , , and He is the only one in the Bible referred to as an Archangel Jude , and serves a major role in Chapter 12 of the Book of Revelation.
The angel Gabriel first appears twice to Daniel Daniel and , but is best known for the Annunciation to Mary that she would be the Mother of Jesus, the Son of God Luke Thomas Aquinas was a great medieval theologian, and is known as the "Angelic Doctor" for his writings on angels in his Summa Theologica. Thomas Aquinas believed that angels, being spiritual beings, influence mankind by illuminating one's mind with an idea.
Quoting Scripture, he named 9 orders of angels in 3 groups: the highest hierarchy being next to God, Seraphim Isaiah , Cherubim Genesis , Ezekiel , and Thrones Colossians ; the middle hierarchy involved in government, Dominations Colossians , Virtues 1 Peter , and Powers Colossians ; and the third hierarchy involved in work, Principalities Colossians , Archangels 1 Thessalonians , and Angels.
Here are a few of the more noted Scriptural passages on Angels. The Lord God made for the man and his wife garments of skins, with which he clothed them. Then the Lord God said: See! The man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil! Now, what if he also reaches out his hand to take fruit from the tree of life, and eats of it and lives forever? The Lord God therefore banished him from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he had been taken. When he expelled the man, he settled him east of the garden of Eden; and he stationed the cherubim and the fiery revolving sword, to guard the way to the tree of life.
And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set. And he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! Give heed to him and hearken to his voice, do not rebel against him, for he will not pardon your transgression; for my name is in him.
But if you hearken attentively to his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.
Related The Final Testament. Book One: Where Angels Fear.
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