Beliefs about Angels in different faiths

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 Christian Denominations

  • Anglican/Episcopal – Angels are “the highest beings in the scale of creation … their work consists in the worship of God, and in the service of men.” (The Catholic Religion: A Manual of Instruction for Members of the Anglican Church by Vernon Staley, page 146.)
  • Assembly of God – Angels are spiritual beings sent by God to minister to believers (Hebrews 1:14). They are obedient to God and glorify God (Psalm 103:20; Revelation 5:8-13).
  • Baptist – Most Baptists believe God created an order of spiritual beings, called angels, to serve Him and do his will (Psalm 148:1-5; Colossians 1:16). Angels are ministering spirits to the heirs of salvation. They are obedient to God and glorify God (Psalm 103:20; Revelation 5:8-13).
  • Lutheran – “Angels are God’s messengers. Elsewhere in the Bible, angels are described as spirits … The word ‘angel’ is actually a description of what they do … They are beings who do not have a physical body.” (LCMS)
  • Methodist – Still researching Methodist position. Submit documented sources only to this email.
  • Presbyterian – Beliefs discussed in Presbyterians Today: Angels
  • Roman Catholic – “The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls “angels” is a truth of faith … They are personal and immortal creatures, surpassing in perfection all visible creatures.” Catechism – 2nd Edition

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Judaism

Angels (from αγγελōς = messenger, Greek equivalent of the Hebrew ) are according to the usual conception superhuman beings dwelling in heaven, who, on occasion, reveal to man God’s will and execute His commands. In one form or another, the belief in angels appears in the earliest stages of Jewish history, and continues to live in the spiritual world of the Jew.

Source: Jewish Encyclopedia

Islam

The Arabic word for angels is Mala’ikah, and the singular is Malak
A’isha (ra) narrated that the Prophet (saws) said:

“Angels were created from light, Jinn were created from smokeless fire, and Adam was created from that which has been described to you (in the Qur’an and Sunnah)…”
The belief in Angels (al-Mala’kah) is the second article of faith in Islam. Allah says:
“The Messenger believes in what has been revealed to him from his Lord, and so do the believers. All believe in Allah, His Angels and His Messengers.”
(Qur’an 2:285)
It is obligatory, and infact an essential part of faith to respect all of the Angels.

Source: Mission Islam

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