My older daughter texted me from university with this question, “Angels can suffer right? Like feel pain or die or be sad?”
“Well”, I said. They were created by God but I don’t know about them dying. I don’t think they can die because they are in heaven with God. Although Satan was found to be wicked and got kicked out of heaven, but he’s still alive causing destruction on earth. I don’t know if Satan feels like he is suffering or not as a result of God casting him out. He rules the world and probably feels very successful in that sense. I am guessing they can feel. Satan is described as the most beautiful angel, esd ordained by God and believed he should be higher than God. He must be able to feel in order to be so prideful. I am guessing he can feel because he hates us and it must make him happy to hurt us or why not just follow God?”
My daughter responded, “He got kicked out because he was jealous of God’s love of humans and because of that disobeyed right?” Then she asked another totally unrelated question about coming home this weekend and we didn’t talk about it further. I followed up with her a couple of days later to see if she figured it all out and what prompted the question. It was for a debate she was working on in her Philosophy class. She had to respond in an atheist point of view.
I don’t know how you respond to a question about angels in an atheist point of view except to say they don’t exist but it got me thinking about Satan. I remembered how in Job he was “roaming in and out of the earth” and when I read it again (Job 1-6) it says in the NIV that he was “going back and forth on it.” I wonder how many times in the past few years Satan has been going back and forth over my life. I honestly don’t think there is anything he can do to me to shake my faith in God, or God’s love for me, and promised plan to prosper me (favourite scripture has always been Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future”.) but I sure don’t want to tempt Satan to bring it on! I feel like I’ve had enough.
As I write this, the song in the background repeats, “If I lose myself I lose it all.” (Naughty Boy, ‘Runnin’ ft. Beyoncé)
I remember talking to my husband about his affair in a spiritual light. I reminded him that after Satan tempted Jesus while he was in the desert for 40 days that he was unsuccessful and left until a more “opportune time.” (Matthew 4: 1 – 11) I suggested that Satan knew everything going on in Dave’s life, heart and mind–probably because he was whispering in his ear, and it was the opportune time to trip him up. I reminded him that Ephesians 4:27 commands, “…and do not give the devil a foothold.” Dave let the door open for Satan even just a crack. That was all Satan needed to stick his foot in and kick it wide open. Dave responded to me saying, “Or maybe we just did a lousy job at taking care of our marriage.” I didn’t think so.
If you think spiritually and stay spiritual and have spiritual people guiding you and supporting you in your life, there are spiritual solutions for infidelity. Not easy ones because although I can’t respond for angels I know for sure that as humans we do suffer. We do feel sadness and we do feel pain. We do die physically and can feel like we are dying of a broken heart. We can still be alive but experience spiritual death, separation from God, which for a Christian is supposed to be more painful than physical death. I think that is why as much as the bible makes it clear that God hates divorce, knowing us as humans, he allows infidelity as the only reason for divorce to be granted. How hard it would be to stay with someone who betrayed you.
Comfort on earth in all of this–angels! I have had many angels show up in various forms to me during these last 3 years. And it is confirmed in Matthew 4:11. When Satan failed to tempt Jesus, Satan went away at Jesus’ command. When Satan left Jesus, “angels came and attended him.”
Praying that we all experience the attendance of angels in our life, especially after Satan has played with our lives directly or indirectly.
10 thoughts on “Do angels feel pain?”
What a question?
I do believe that the devil can wreak havoc in our lives. I saw the devil in my husband’s eyes many times while he was having his affair. I also though have to say I do see where we weren’t taking care of our marriage. We as humans are not perfect. What I was or was not doing in our marriage did not make my husband have an affair, that was his choice and he takes full responsibility for it.
And the church said…..what a hypocrite!!
Keep on blogging and pretending to be spiritual when everything going on in your life, the way you live and treat people, is anything but Christian like.
When will you wake up!!
Being a Christian, or just a balanced human… You understand that wanting to be good is an ongoing process. No where does blogger say she’s perfect. She strives to do better and maintain her focus. That’s awesome. ❤
I like that your thinking about all this, keep moving forward and focusing on the angels.
Who cares if your Christian, spiritual or agnostic… Bottom line … Lies hurt people. You screw around and lie to the one person you vowed to never do so…U suck. Period. Doesnt matter if u were unhappy. Doesnt matter what yr excuse is. You are a coward and extremely self centered. U never gave the other person a chance to make a decision…. Cause dollars to donuts if you told your spouse’ Hey I am going to cheat on you because I am unhappy. And i dont care if its going to hurt you its something that I want.’ Your spouse would be informed and be able to make a decision based on truth… Atleast preserving their dignity. But nope… Gee honey did I forget to tell you I was fucking other people? Coward.
Nothing good comes from a lie. Nothing. If it starts as a lie… Nothing good will come from it.
Hey look who got a day pass from the Centre for Lower Learning….theclap is back and angry as ever. Happy Thanksgiving theclap…maybe someone will be kind enough to give you a big old hug and take away that nastiness that is so caught up inside you.
Hey Sluty… Hanging around the ex wifes blog on a holiday…. Hmmm. You need a hobby.
Hey theclap……who takes a holiday from such riveting commentary like yours?