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Touched By A Real Angel?
Introduction- Real angels are quite different from that portrayed in movies and TV shows. For example, in one of the popular TV shows called Touched by An Angel, a teenage angel Gloria who was sent to help a human teenager called Nick in an episode called Heavens Portal. Nicks father had some difficulties with his business and decided to move out of the house, because his pride wont allow his wife to support the family with her new job. With a broken family, Nick decided to turn to the Heaven's Portal, a drug party, to look for love. Instead of stopping him, Gloria joined Nick and was drugged herself. After the party, Nick tried to kill himself by running his car off the cliff, but was rescued by Gloria at the last second. Through this crisis, Nicks family reunited, giving the story a happy ending.
Characters of Angels- Three female angels (Tess, black; Monica, white; and Gloria, white teenager), one male angel (Andrew, white) appeared in the TV series. Contrary to that, Biblical angels appeared as simple men, not women or teenagers (Genesis 18:2, Acts 1:10,11, Daniel 10:16, Ezekiel 9:2). Since angels don't reproduce like humans, there is no need for different genders.
It was repeatedly emphasized in the show that angels dont have wings. This also contradicts the teaching of the Bible. The Seraphims have six wings (Isaiah 6:2) and the Cherubims have four wings (Ezekiel 1:5-24, 28:12).
In the TV program, angels are portrayed as having attitude problems (like Gloria, with a teenager attitude), who loves fun, can become home (heaven) sick, and cannot relax (Tess said relaxation and her dont go together). Real angels are spiritual beings who can interact with the material world. But nowhere in the Bible says that they have human nature. However, angels do have emotion (Job 38:7), and have a vested interest or enthusiasm about the relationship between man and his creator. They are also susceptible to offense, insult, and affronted by sin (1Cor 11:10), able to rejoice God's creation (Psalm 148:2), and of course praise God.
Gloria, the teenage angel was portrayed as a physical Angel who wears glasses and has a physical brain. There were times when she screens her eyes, as if her could not see clearly. After she sinned by taking drug, she was feeling horrible. The male angel, Andrew, told her that it is natural to feel this way, because as the drug wears off, it creates a vacuum in the brain. But angels are spiritual beings (Hebrews 1:14), who do not have physical eyes that need glasses to help them see clearly, nor do they have physical brains that can be influenced by drugs.
The angels in the TV show are human like. Although angels can take on human appearances, they have fearful appearances in general. Daniel was left without strength (Dan. 10:8) after he saw an angel. It brought great fear to Zechariah when an angel appeared to him in the Temple (Luke 1:12). The shepherds were greatly afraid when an angel announced to them the birth of Christ (Luke 2:9). The tomb guards shook for fear and became like dead men when an angel rolled back the stone from the door (Matthew 28:2-4).
The Birth and Age of Angels- Gloria called herself a teenage angel born in the 21st Century. The Bible tends to teach that all angels were created at the same time in the beginning of the creation. In Exodus, we are told that the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and ALL that is in them (including angels) in six days. In Psalm 33:6, we are told that by the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and ALL the host of them by the breath of His mouth, indicating that the angels were created on day one. From Psalm 148:2-5, we learn that angels are associated with the origin of the universe, for they are mentioned side by side with the sun, moon and stars. We also learn that angels were created since day one from Job 38:1-7, for they were able to rejoice creations in the other days. Unlike humans, the number of angels is fixed since they were created and there has been no increase in their ranks (Hebrews 12:22 and Rev. 5:11). Thus there cannot be a teenage angel born in the 21st century.
Angel's Mission- In the show the teenage angel, Gloria, wished that she did not have to carry out her assignment. But Biblical angels are obedient (Matthew 6:10), and act upon the will of God (Rev. 22:8,9). Although there is a lack of evidence in the extent of their independence in carrying out Gods will, holy angels are considered to be perfectly obedient, unlike the demons and humans who rebel against God.
Besides being Gods messengers, the real-life angels also carry out judgement for God, something that the TV show does not portray at all. Angels can inflict judgement and punishment during the tribulation. They can inflict blindness, death and destruction (Gen. 19).
Can Angels Sin- The teenage angel, Gloria, sinned in the show by taking drug. Later, she said she did not deserve to be an angel, and that she said she was no longer an angel because of her sin. All angels were created on the first day of creation. With the rebellion led by Satan, about a third of the angels sided with him and became fallen angels (Rev. 12:4). They were banished from God's presence, and will ultimately be thrown into hell eternally. The rest of the angels are known as the elect (1 Timothy 5:21) or holy angels. Angels who are sent by God (as the show claims) to minister to people are holy angels and thus are not capable of sinning. Unlike human, angels cannot be redeemed. A possible reason why angels cannot be redeemed is that they were so close to God and they knew the truth, thus there is not excuse for their fall.
Angels in the show appear to be impotent, they get scared easily and they dont seem to have supernatural power, other than the fact that they appear at the right time and disappear mysteriously. Angels in the Bible are much more powerful. They are able to fly in the sky (Rev. 14:6), destroy cities (Gen 19:1,13), strike people dead (Acts 12:23), hold back the winds (Rev 7:1), and caused earthquakes (Matt 28:2).
The Angel of the Lord- The biggest problem with the show is the lack of mention of the most import angel, The Angel of God. About the only time 'God' is mentioned in the show is when the 'angels' declare that they are sent by 'God' to rescue us. However, it makes one wonder from which 'god' were the angels sent. The Bible teaches that there is only one God called Yahweh, who loved us so much, He sent His son to die for our sin on the cross. Thus the real rescue has alreadym been done by Jesus. The so-called rescues in the show are merely getting people out of their troubles, but their souls remain unsaved. How can they be saved if the show doesn't ever mention Jesus, and the Bible teaches that there0 is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12)? God blesses us through difficult times. Blessing is not getting out of trouble, but being strengthened by God through faith during difficulties. (God refused to take away the thorn in Paul's flesh because it strengthened Paul's faith). It is important to realize our shortcomings and come to God during difficult times, but this is only a General Revelation. Not until one learns about God's salvation plan, do we get the Special Revelation that this is not just a god, but the God, Yahweh, who sent His son Jesus to redeem our sin. Thus without the mentioning of Jesus, and the repentance of sin, the show cannot help to convert sinners nor save them. Indeed, the real role of all the angels is to minister to those who will inherit salvation (Hebrews 1:14).
The show also gives a false impression of God, denying His sovereignty. Tess asked the question, 'What if God is depressed and turns His back on His children, every time things dont go His way?' Since God is sovereign, things always go His way; He is in full control. The show also shows that angels received orders from other angles instead of God Himself. This also denies God's sovereignty.
Nick's father said in the show that God does not live in a real world, implying that He does not understand our problems in life. This shows the lack of understanding of the scripture. The Word became flesh and dwell among us (John 1:14). In deed Christ Himself suffered the most excruciating pain on earth, so that we can be saved.
Conclusions- The show tries to be politically correct by not mentioning Jesus, so that it is more acceptable to a wider audience. In doing so, this TV program is reminding us at best that there is a god, something that we already know through General Revelation by observing the beautiful world around us. However, in lack of the salvation message (Special Revelation), its impossible to save lost souls. It is a pity that people want the protection of the angels but not the judgement of God; they welcome the creature but shun the creator; they admire the messenger but are ashamed of the sender. However, when the real angel do come during the end time, it will be judgement time, for it is written, Whoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed,when he comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels (Mark 8:38).
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