Part 2 – Are All Angels Good?
It depends on what your idea of ‘good’ is. Are we talking pure, beyond corruption? Isn’t that what angels are supposed to be? Well, it ain’t always so. But whatever form they take, it’s clear that each one has a job to do.
All around the world there’s talk of fallen angels actually being among us.
This one claims outright not to be a “Blue Beam project” but a real fallen angel, along with the caption (Truth Lives).
Then there are Dark Angels, those we associate with that other place we’d rather not end up in. Their sinister duties were depicted well in the 1990 film, Ghost: basically dragging baddies off to Hell.
This film on You Tube is confirmation that the idea, at least, of dark angels still persists.
Still, we generally tend to associate angels, like Gabriel, with good tidings. We celebrate Christmas, hanging cute little angels on trees. But historically most angels are far from cherubs. There are numerous accounts of angel / human interaction in Genesis: the first visitation (not counting a certain snake, who we’ll come back to later) being to Hagar, a servant carrying Abraham’s illegitimate son; The Lord’s agent basically told to knuckle down and make the best of it, after all, Abraham’s wife Sarah, who’d asked for this child to happen, was barren. The visiting angel also told Hagar that her son would be, in short, a hostile donkey of a man. And then, behold, the Lord went and gave Sarah a son anyway, so Hagar was sent packing, blessed with being the future mother of nations, but still… packing.
Another case of angel-intervention, begins at Genesis 19:1 ‘And there came two angels to Sodom at even [evening]; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground…’
Lot was a God-fearing man closely related to Abraham, the man-of-God whose line would lead right up to Jesus. Lot and his family had ended up in a bad place, the doomed city of Sodom, where all sorts of mischief ran riot day and night. Why the God-fearing Lot chose to be there, or if indeed he had no choice, is a mystery, but I suppose, in today’s terms, it would be like dropping the Arch-Bishop of Canterbury in amongst the ‘Scallies of Manchester’ ( see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMcjoP670so ) and seeing how he gets along.
So, this is exactly the kind of situation that calls for angel intervention.
And so it goes on:
Genesis 19:29 ‘And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain [Sodom & Gomorrah], that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.’
So Lot, a man who didn’t doubt the presence of angels, was spared, unlike his two sons-in-law who went down in flames with the two above-mentioned cities, in which, incidentally, despite the pleas of Abraham, not one soul, man, woman, dog or unborn baby was spared. Every depiction of this event shows something on the scale of a nuclear holocaust.
Then there was Lot’s wife – remember her? She made a real booboo. Most depictions of the flea from Sodom, as led by the angels of God, show Lot’s wife starting to lag behind a bit.
You might have heard what happened next. She was warned, you might say. A bit harsh though, in front of the kids and all, getting turned into a pillar of salt for a quick peek back over the shoulder.
Picture it – that’s enough salt to keep a branch of MacDonald’s going for a whole couple of hours. Needless to say, Lot would never go short on his fries from that day on.
But these aren’t the really bad angels. Join me next time, when I’ll be talking about The Angels That Fell. Oh goodness me.
COMING SOON – MELT, the novel: ‘Desecrating an ancient graveyard can unearth enough trouble to shake up the world.’
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