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Praying to Angels

 

There is a tradition, particularly amongst Catholics to worship and pray to Angels.  I'd like to take a look at this teaching and practice, and compare it to the Bible.  It's commonplace, and the idea of praying to Angel might be nice, but is it Scriptural?  Or is it heretical?


Catholic Prayer

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Vatican Catechism

 

Catholic prayer to Angels:

I humbly salute you, O you faithful, heavenly Friends of my children! I give you heartfelt thanks for all the love and goodness you show them. At some future day I shall, with thanks more worthy than I can now give, repay your care for them, and before the whole heavenly court acknowledge their indebtedness to your guidance and protection. Continue to watch over them. Provide for all their needs of body and soul. Pray, likewise, for me, for my husband, and my whole family, that we may all one day rejoice in your blessed company.
Amen
Source: www.catholic.org

 

What do Angels say in response to being worshipped?  The Angel In Revelation 22 is very much against it,

"And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.  Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God." Revelation 22:8-9

The Angel in Revelation is being very clear.  The Angel rejects the worship, and says the only one who should be worshipped is God.  Angels are mightier than us, yes, but as the Angel says, he is just like us, a fellow servant of God.  No one should be worshipped except God.

We are told the exact same thing in Matthew 4:10 and in Luke 4:8, when Jesus said, "... for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt though serve.

When Jesus instructed His disciples on how to pray, he began like this, "Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name" (Matthew 6:9).

Not only does the Angel explicitly reject worship, by saying we are all servents of God, the Angel says we should worship God.  Jesus says we should worship and serve only God.  Angels should not be worshipped as the Catholic church says. And what of praying?  Praying is a form of worship.  Jesus is quite clear in Matthew and in Luke, when Satan tries to tempt Jesus, Jesus says that God and God alone should be worshipped.  Furthermore, when Jesus instructed His disciples on how to pray, He began by saying, "Our Father".  He did not mention Angels, but only God.

Jesus, as God the Son, part of the Godhead, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, accepted worship and was declared as God, because He is.  Jesus was worshipped and declared God by those who worshipped Him in Matthew 14:33), in Matthew 28:9, in John 20:28, in Matthew 8:2, and was declared God by God the Father, and declared by Jesus Himself.  To make no doubt to the worship of Jesus as God, we can see the Pharisees looking to stone Him for making Himself as God (John 10:33).

So not only is praying to Angels wrong, but the above prayer in the image is totally blasphemous.  Angels do not intercede for us, and we should not pray to them as such.  It is JESUS who sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for us (Romans 8:34), not Angels.  Jesus is God the Son, who shed his physical, literal blood for us.  The only way to the Father is through Jesus (John 14:6). 

 

Physical Bodies

 

The Catholic Church also says that Angels are purely spiritual, without physical bodies.  Can and do Angels take physical form?  How does this match up with Scripture?

Vatican Catechism

Is it true that Angels are purely spiritual creatures?  Angels are indeed spirits and are mightier than men.  We men and women are spirits too, body, soul and spirit, but what does the Scriptures saying about Angels and their physical bodies?

And the LORD appeared unto him (Abraham) in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day.  And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,”  Genesis 18:1-2
The above amazing piece of Scripture refers to Abraham, and the three men who stood by him as he lift up his eyes, the LORD and two Angels stood.  Note that they appeared as three men.  That is, the LORD, who is Christ Jesus, appeared as a man, along with two Angels, also appearing in physical bodies.

The LORD speaks with Abraham for a while, and departs, while the same two Angels go towards Sodom.
"And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD." Genesis 18:22
We see from these amazing scriptures that the Lord, Jesus Christ appeared to Abraham in a physical human body, and also that He appeared with two Angels, also in physical bodies, who then went toward Sodom.  These are the two Angels that assessed Sodom and caused it's destruction, through the Lord, with fire and brimstone.  Not one righteous man could be found in Sodom, they had all turned to perversions, to homosexuality, not repenting and honouring the Lord.

Angels in Sodom

 

Here in Sodom the two Angels still have physical male bodies.  The homosexuals are at the door of Lot's house, wanting to 'know' them.  Lot offers his two daughters instead who have not known man, that is, they are still virgins.

"And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them."  Genesis 19:1
So we can see that Angels can indeed have physical bodies, and appear as male humans.  Angels also appear in male human form in Joshua 5:13-14 and Mark 16:5.

Angels can indeed have physical bodies, clearly evidenced by the Bible, the Catholic Catechism is wrong about the physical bodies of Angels too.  Angels are not purely spiritual beings.  Angels are ministering spirits, sent forth to minister to the heirs of salvation (Hebrews 1:14), although we normally cannot sense them, they can and do appear in physical form.

It would appear that Satan and the devils don't have physical form, it might be the case that their physical bodies were destroyed after Satan and the fallen angels (devils) rebelled, and the world destroyed, as demonstrated in Jeremiah 4:23-28.  You can read more about this, and how the earth is older than mankind here if you like.  It might well be that focus on Angels being purely spiritual comes from demonic (devil) influences, as beings that cannot assume a physical body, they have to possess someone, or appear as apparitions.  There's many times in the Bible that people are possessed by devils, and Satan himself is one without form (Job 1:7).  Just take a look at how some 'Angels' are depicted in artwork! They are like Pagan fairies than men as they are described in the Bible.

Strangers


And what's to be said of strangers?  It's another example from the Bible of Angels in physical form.  A stranger might very well be an Angel.  We should not be forgetful to entertain them, for thereby some have entertained Angels unawares,

"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrews 13:2

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Conclusion

 

We should give worship and prayer to God and God alone.  Angels should not be prayed to or worshipped.  Angels are just like us, servants of God.  We direct our worship to God, doing otherwise is heresy.  Angels do have physical human bodies, sometimes we can see them sometimes we cannot.  When you look at the pictures of so called Angels on the internet, it's as if they are Pixies or some other Pagan spirit.  If you try praying to Angels, you might not even be praying to an one, because not only is it wrong, and they don't look like Angels,  Angels don't want it so they won't be listening.  You might find you're praying to an evil spirit instead.  Just stick with God, who cares for us.  The Lord may send Angels to minister to us, but it's at the Lords command, not ours, or the Angels who wait on the commands of the Lord, as fellow servants.

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”  1 Peter 5:7

 







9th August 2017

 

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