Who are the angels?
Most people on Earth believe in the existence of angels. Strangely enough, even those who do not recognize the existence of Higher Forces often believe in them. The mention of angels can be found in almost every religion and culture, and, most interestingly, the descriptions of angels in different epochs largely converge. Traditionally, the angel is depicted as a kind of spiritual being, like a man, with wings behind his back.
However, each religion interprets in its own way the concept that illuminates us who such angels are.
Hinduism - one of the oldest world religions, preserved to our times. In addition, it is one of the few ancient religions, about which there are any written mentions. Some of these scriptures are over 6000 years old. In Hinduism, in addition to the main gods, there is also a huge number of less significant gods, called “devas."
The word "deva" literally translates as "radiant." It was believed that they live in the astral - the highest form of reality. Devas were human patrons. Although their nature was purely spiritual, they could sometimes take on a human form.The devas carried various messages and accompanied people on the path of their spiritual development. They also accompanied the soul of man on her final journey.
The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle believed in the existence of guardian angels - immortal beings responsible for the order and integrity of the universe. According to the ideas of Neo-Platonism, less significant angels existed along with such higher creatures. The name comes from the Greek word angelos, which means "messenger." Such creatures were supposed to convey messages to people, but did not affect their fate.
The ancient religion of Zoroastrianism originated in about a thousand years BC. er in the territory of Persia (modern territory of Iran). The followers of this religion believed in the existence of “Fravashi” - creatures of light endowed with divine energy. According to the teachings of Zoroastrianism, every person has at least one Fravashi, who plays the role of a guardian angel.
In all branches of Christianity, the idea of the existence of angels was introduced from the Hebrew Holy Scriptures. In the future, the mention of the angels appeared in the New Testament - the angels announced the coming of Jesus Christ.In the Gospels, the Virgin Mary is an angel, who carries a message to her that she will soon have a child, and an angel tells Joseph that Jesus is the Son of God. In addition, the angels announce the birth of Christ to the shepherds in the field.
Angels are repeatedly mentioned in the Koran and in the Hadith (the legend about the words and actions of the Prophet Muhammad). According to the teachings of Islam, angels are messengers of God. Unlike people, they do not have the freedom to choose - they are obliged, at the behest of Allah, to act as ambassadors, test people, record their actions, protect and even decide who should live and who is time to die. They guard the gates of Heaven and Hell, carry the throne of Allah, and also help believers in wars acceptable to Allah. One of the pillars of faith in Islam is the acceptance of the existence of angels.
According to the teaching of the monotheistic religion of Bahai, angels are people in confirmation of the existence of the heavenly almighty God as a kind of divine grace. These “blessed beings” who have passed from this world to another, got rid of the shackles of their own “I” and acquired the corresponding angelic features.
This is only a small part of the existing ideas about angels in various religions. Sometimes they are called "spiritual guides", sometimes - "guardian angels". The use of the term "angel" to the Judeo-Christian roots. However, regardless of how they are called, most people in the modern world take for granted the fact of their existence.
Date: 09.10.2018, 05:02 / Views: 32483
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