I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t, and die to find out there is!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Will I Become an Angel when I Die?

Archangels Michael and Gabriel, 12th cenrtury,...Image via Wikipedia

Question: Growing up I believed that we humans became angels in heaven when we died.  Is this so?

No. Many people grow up with this misconception. It probably stems from parents seeking an easy way to explain the afterlife to children, but it is incorrect.  Colossians 1:16 tells us that Christ created the angels, and that He created them as angels. Elsewhere in the Bible distinctions are made between man and angels supporting their being separate distinct creations. Hebrews 12:22,23 seems clearly to distinguish between "thousands and thousands of angels in joyful assembly" and "the spirits of righteous men made perfect." 1 Corinthians 6:3 tells us there will be a time (in the afterlife) when man will judge the angels. It also seems that 1 Corinthians 13:1 makes a distinction between humans and angels.

Relevant Scripture
What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.  Psalms 8:4,5.

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