The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
So where do we stand today? Is it true that Christian theology has been contaminated
with the imaginings of those Gnostic thinkers, in the area of angeology at least? And if
so, how early in the beginning of the apostolic age did it come in?
If their imaginings came from their studies of the Babylonian Astral belief,
Zoroastrianism, or Mystic Hebrew thinking, could it have been around to influence the
thinking of Jesus‘ day?
The axiom of Christian theology is that God is omnipotent as well as omniscient. This
understanding forms the -solid rock | upon which all other things may be proven. This
being so, Jesus, as -God incarnate, | could not have been influenced by the knowledge of
mere -man. | Therefore anything that He taught would have to have influenced the
thinking of his day not the other way around.
Two examples of his teachings as has already been quoted earlier sho uld be sufficient
to understand angelic purpose and nature.
-Take heed that you not despise one of these little ones for I say to you that in heaven
their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven | (Matt. 18:10).
-For in the resurrection they neither marry nor be given in marriage, but are like
angels of God in heaven | (Matt. 22:30).
In the first quote Jesus seems to be saying that all children have angelic intercessors,
who may stand before God directly in representing or overseeing the inte rests of children
personally and individually.
Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray to God my soul to keep.
In the second quote Jesus is answering the question that assumes that marriage is a
covenant that exists beyond the grave. In his answer to this -baited | question, Jesus
provided instruction that took his questioners beyond the ability of their imaginations to
extrapolate that far above the -natural | limitations of this world. The complexity of their
rather tortured question reveals their guile as well as their limited understanding of what
might come after physical death.
In his answer Jesus poses an interesting question. Within the subject of -in the
resurrection | he seems to be saying that all people, male and female, will be -like angels
of God in heaven. | Is there a significant difference between being -like angels | and
being -their angels | ?
If I die before I wake
I pray the lord my soul to take.
We‘ve talked about the differing forms within which angels seem to have been
described, from the animal/human composite of the cherubim, the seraphim‘s human
form with some animal support (several wings) to the human form with just two wings, to
the human form sans wings that Jesus seems to be describing, to the modern form, just
like a person, who happens to disappear after a life-saving good deed.
Was Jesus, with his description, attempting to correct an ancient misinterpretation of
a visionary experience, where the one who received it came from out of a background of
animal representations of special powers and couldn‘t yet imagine a kind of human- like
representation of powers that seemed to be far beyond even those descriptions already in