I’m going to start a new “piece” to A World Between… in hopes to draw some of you in and create good conversations, either designed to make us all think, or just have fun chatting, or even occasionally try to answer some really tough questions and ponderments in life. Hope you enjoy!
Conversations: An Angels Sin
Before I begin, let me just state, that I haven’t done any extensive homework on these issues, so I have no one sided opinion at this point. I am simply raising the questions, and seeing what answers you can give, and myself as well. So please chime in.
I was thinking today about the story of when Lucifer chose to go against God. In short, the story goes, “Satan fell because of pride. He desired to be God, not to be a servant of God… Satan was likely the highest of all angels, the most beautiful of all of God’s creations, but he was not content in his position. Instead, Satan desired to be God, to essentially “kick God off His throne” and take over the rule of the universe. Satan wanted to be God, and interestingly enough, that is what Satan tempted Adam and Eve with in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-5). How did Satan fall from heaven? Actually, a fall is not an accurate description. It would be far more accurate to say God cast Satan out of heaven (Isaiah 14:15; Ezekiel 28:16-17)…”(1)
Two main questions:
First point: An interesting thing emerges here. Technically speaking, to my knowledge, nowhere in the Bible does it directly refer to that story. This is what we’ve always been taught, but is it in the Bible? These references given above (Isaiah and Ezekiel) are believed to be symbolically described, because those verses are actually talking about the kings of Babylon and Tyre in the Old Testament. What is the real story, and where is it talked about in the Bible?
Second point: As Christians, we all know (at least intellectually) that man sinned. Adam was born without sin, he later chose to sin, and now one of the consequences is that man, from that point forward, has what we have dubbed a sin nature.
Pride, to my understanding of pride, is sin. Lucifer fell because of pride, as the story goes. I believe that we do have free will, as do the Angels. Lucifer chose to go against God, and his pride was the driving factor. He now leads, or is the cause, of all sin in this world. As the story goes, 1/3 of Heaven fell along with Satan, which would imply that these angels went along with what Lucifer was doing… which would get categorized under the ‘sin’ category as well. My question is: Can Angels sin? We (mankind) have a sin nature because of Adams sin… what about the Angels? Now, angels aren’t going around reproducing, like mankind is, thus passing along the ‘sin-gene’, but you get my point.
What do you think? What are your thoughts? Address one or both. I’m curious. I don’t really know the answer to these questions really. I have what I think may be the case, but no set answer at this stage. What say you?