Belief in angels
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – A 2002 study based on interviews with 350 people, mainly in the UK, who said they have had an experience of an angel, describes several types of such experiences: visions, sometimes with multiple witnesses present; auditions, e.g. to convey a warning; a sense of being touched, pushed, or lifted, typically to avert a dangerous situation; and pleasant fragrance, generally in the context of somebody’s death. In the visual experiences, the angels described appear in various forms, either the “classical” one (human countenance with wings), in the form of extraordinarily beautiful or radiant human beings, or as beings of light. In the US, a 2008 survey by Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion, published by T.I.M.E. Magazine, which polled 1,700 respondents, found that 55 percent of Americans, including one in five of those who say they are not religious, believe that they have been protected by a guardian angel during their life. An August 2007 Pew poll found that 68 percent of Americans believe that “angels and demons are active in the world”, and according to four different polls conducted in 2009, a greater percentage of Americans believe in angels (55%) than those who believe in global warming (36%). According to the Gallup Youth Survey, in a Teen Belief in the Supernatural poll in 1994, 76% of 508 teenagers (aged 13-17) believe in angels, a greater percentage than those whom believed in astrology, ESP, ghosts, witchcraft, clairvoyance, bigfoot, and vampires. In 1978, 64% of American young people believed in angels; in 1984, 69% of teenagers believed in angels; and by 1994, that number grew to 76%, while belief in other supernatural concepts, such as the Loch Ness monster and ESP, have declined. In 1992, 80% of 502 surveyed teenage girls believe in angels, and 81% of Catholic teens and 82% of regular church attendees harbored beliefs in angels. In Canada, a 2008 survey of over 1000 Canadians found 67 percent believe in angels.
The Watchers (from Greek egrḗgoroi (ἐγρήγοροι)) or Grigori are a group of fallen angels told of in Biblical apocrypha who mated with human females, giving rise to a race of hybrids known as the Nephilim (the Nephilim are also mentioned in Genesis 6:4, but that verse notably lacks mention of them being human-angel hybrids). The Watchers appear in Biblical apocrypha, in the first and second books of Enoch and Jubilees. The word “Grigori” derives from the Slavonic Second Book of Enoch.
According to the Book of Enoch, the Watchers numbered a total of 200 but only their leaders are named.
The best-known fallen angel is Lucifer, a name frequently attributed to Satan in Christian belief. This usage stems from a particular interpretation of Isaiah 14:3-20 that speaks of someone who is given the name of “Day Star” or “Morning Star” (in Latin, Lucifer) as fallen from heaven. The word Lucifer, however, does not refer to Satan anywhere in the Bible. Some see the passage as using this name to describe the king of Babylon, who had exalted himself as being deity himself, after which God would cast him down. The same terminology is used in Ezekiel to describe the king of Tyre. The Greek etymological synonym of Lucifer, Eωσφόρος (Eosphoros, “dawn-bearer”) is used of the morning star in 2 Peter 1:19 and elsewhere with no reference to Satan.
Still, Satan is called Lucifer in many later writings, notably Milton’s Paradise Lost (7.131-134, among others), because, according to Milton, Satan was “brighter once amidst the host of Angels, than that star the stars among.”
Do You Believe…?
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