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Nature of Angels


“The nature of angels is in some ways quite dif­fer­ent from the nature of man, and in oth­er ways sim­i­lar to it. On the one hand, the dif­fer­ences are these: The angels are bod­i­less and, as such, invis­i­ble to our phys­i­cal eyes. Hav­ing no body, they con­se­quent­ly have no bod­i­ly needs or desires and pas­sions, no cares about food, drink, clothes or shel­ter. Nor do they pos­sess the impulse and crav­ings for pro­cre­ation. They nei­ther mar­ry nor are giv­en in mar­riage (Matt. 22:30). They have no wor­ries about the future either, and no fear of death. For, though God cre­at­ed them before man, they are nei­ther aged nor aging, but unchang­ing­ly youth­ful, beau­ti­ful and strong. They have no anx­i­ety about their sal­va­tion and no strug­gle for immoral­i­ty, being already immor­tal. Unlike men, they are not fal­ter­ing between good and evil, being already good and holy as when God cre­at­ed them. On the oth­er hand, the angels are sim­i­lar to men in that they are per­son­al­i­ties, every­one being indi­vid­u­al­ly con­scious of him­self. Like men, they have intel­li­gence, emo­tions, free will and act­ing capac­i­ty. And with­al they bear per­son­al names like men. Some of their names we know either from Scrip­ture or Church Tra­di­tion. They are: Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Salathiel, Barachiel, Jere­miel, Jegudiel.” — St. Nicholai Velimirovic #The­O­rtho­doxWay #Ortho­dox­Chris­t­ian #East­er­nOrtho­dox #Chris­t­ian #TheChurch #Christ #Lord #Mer­cy #Love #Light #Faith #Prayer #Philo­ti­mo #The­Cross #World #Sal­va­tion #Angels

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