Angels around the world
Angels are recognized by religions and cultures internationally.The word angel is derived from a Greek translation of the original Hebrew mal'akh, which originally meant shadow side of God but later meant messenger. Angels around the world are divine messengers of God. They exist in many religions and cultures internationally.
Angels are found in Christianity, Judaism and Islam. They also appear in Japanese mythology, Zoroastrianism, Baha'i and Hinduism. Most believe that angels around the world are spiritual beings created by God, even before the world was created. Angels are considered helpers and guardians for people on earth.
Angels in Christianity
Angels appear in the New Testament frequently. Jesus speaks of angels acting as ministers of God and also as agents of revelation. The angel Gabriel appears to Mary to tell her that her child will be the Messiah and that other angels will accompany her to herald the time of his birth. Angels frequently appear in the Book of Revelation. Good and bad angels are noticed: Beelzebub and Satan are both mentioned in the Book of Mark. Archangels, thrones and dominions – different choirs of angels – are mentioned throughout. The different choirs of angels are (in order): seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominions, virtues, powers, principalities, archangels and angels.
Angels in Judaism
The Jewish tradition believes that angels exist to carry out God's will. An important moment involving angels in Judaism is when the Midrash says that angels taught Abraham a new holy language: Hebrew. Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden after eating from the Tree of Knowledge and cherubim (angels) barred the gate. An angel arrived to tell Abraham that he and Sarah would have a child. Another angel appears to stop Abraham when he is about to sacrifice his child. When Hagar and Ishmael are in the desert, an angel saves them.
Angels in Islam
The angels in Islam are created by Allah to be servants. Angels are created from light. Belief in angels is one of the six pillars of faith. Muslims (adherents of Islam) believe in: Allah, his angels, his books, his messengers, the Last Day and that predestination – both good and bad – come from Allah. Muslims believe that they have two angels with them at all times. These angels keep track of everything that they do. They are called the writing angels. The angel of death comes to people when they die. The angel Gabriel brought Allah's words to the Prophet Mohammad.
It is nice to know that all over the world – wherever you go – the angels go with you!