What are angels?

I have this picture of santa’s elves. Little helpers, floating around between here and there, intervening to help god.

What do they do?

God is everywhere and can do pretty much whatever he wants. How could he need help? Are they perfect, or do they make mistakes? If they are perfect, are they other gods? Oh, no, there is only one. If they can screw up – god knows they will – can god need their help? Do they intervene in human affairs? Angels seem to deliver a lot of messages. But god speaks directly also. Which messages get the special treatment? How about Cupid, is he an angel? Is that really how we fall in love?

Besides messengers, they can be guardian angels. Divine bodyguards, pretty cool. Do they protect from harm or from our own sins? In the big scope of things, harm isn’t so bad. Sin can get you tortured for all eternity. If I could choose, I would rather be protected from hell, than from being hit by a car. But how could I deserve heaven, if a guardian angel kept me in line all my life? And everyone doesn’t get one, obviously. Who is so deserving? I could suggest some populations needing some protection. Do they feed the hungry?

What’s the point of angels?

Who are angels?

Where do they come from? Are they extraterrestrials hired for a job? Are they divine beings created just to do god’s dirty work? If they have free will, besides it being slavery, they wouldn’t seem very dependable. Are they automata, robots programmed to do god’s will? Basically, god’s prosthetic arms? How could he need that?

Or are they just dead people who get a job? Do you need to work in heaven? Do they get vacation time?

Who could angels be?

And what’s with the wings?


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