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Don Stewart :: Why Are There So Many Misconceptions about Angels?

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Don Stewart
The study of angels can bring great benefits. Among them is the clearing up of misconceptions that people hold about them. The reasons for certain misconceptions about angels can be attributed to the following:

1. The Rejection Of The Supernatural

Often the subject of angels is ignored because of the rejection of the supernatural. Since the existence of God is rejected, the existence of angels is likewise rejected. Those who do not accept the Bible as God's Word are not going to turn to Scripture to discover anything about angels. They assume that angels do not exist.

2. Ignorance Of Scripture

Ignorance of what the Bible says on the subject of angels also leads to misconceptions. Though many people may accept the fact that angels exist, they have not turned to the Scripture to find out who they are, and what they can and cannot do. Personal experiences and fanciful stories replace what God has said on the subject.

3. Superstition And Fear

Consequently the subject of angels is often treated with superstition and fear. This can lead to all types of strange beliefs and behavior with respect to angels. People can give undue adoration, prayer, and even worship to these created spiritual beings.

The Remedy

The remedy for these problems is simple: one must turn to the pages of Scripture to discover what God has to say on the subject rather than looking to other sources of information on these heavenly beings. The Bible encourages people to study the Scriptures and test the spirits.

but test everything; hold fast to what is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21).

John declared.

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world (1 John 4:1).


Many times the subject of angels is approached with a number of misconceptions. They are all associated with not taking seriously what the Bible has to say. However once someone takes the time to consider what the Bible teaches on the subject, the denial of angels, as well as ignorance and fear concerning them, will disappear.
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