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fallen angel: Bùi Linh Ngân

fallen angel by Bùi Linh Ngân via Flickr

In the popular sense of the term, the idea of the fallen angel denotes something  gone wrong with a person or with a purely spiritual being who freely chooses to reject and, therefore, oppose God’s will.

Myths, stories and artistic representations about fallen angels abound. John Milton (1608 – 1674)  in Paradise Lost  imagines legions of Satanic angels who rebel against God. Massive wars break out, and St. Michael leads the Lord’s Angels, who must overcome ingenious contraptions built by Satan and his fallen army. While St. Michael is prominent in the battle, the final victory is reserved for Christ. So St. Michael stands aside as Jesus defeats the evil army.

Traditionally, we find the notion of the fallen angel in Jewish and Christian lore, and some  argue that a very similar idea is found in Hinduism. For in Hinduism the asuras are described as benevolent spiritual beings in the Vedas that devolve in subsequent Hindu scripture to become demons.

In Islam the personification of evil is Shaytan. In the Koran God commands Iblis to bow down before Adam and serve mankind but through his pride Iblis refuses. God allows Iblis to tempt mankind until Judgement Day, at which time he will be cast into hell. In Islamic thought Iblis is often seen as the master jinn, the head of demons allowed to torment humanity. But there is no concept of the “fallen angel” in the Islamic tradition.

To this coolguymuslim adds:

There is no such thing as a fallen angel in Islam. No doubt, in Islam, Iblis a.k.a. Satan is a jinn and he is most evil. However at the same time, he never is nor was an angel. Angels in Islam do not have free will and they cannot disobey God. In terms of Iblis, he used to be a rightous slave of God so much so that he was elevated to the level of angels before he refused to bow down, however, he was never an angel. Jinn, on the other hand, do possess free will and there are good and evil jinn just as there are good and evil humans.¹

El Ángel Caído (Ricardo Bellver) photo by Luis García

El Ángel Caído (Ricardo Bellver) photo by Luis García via Flickr

Some believe that the powerful “Sons of Man” mentioned in the Old Testament are Fallen Angels. And some contemporary writers believe that aliens are really fallen angels (while others say they are not).

In the fictional Star Wars films, fallen Jedi – like Darth Vader – could be taken as a rough parallel to the idea of fallen angels, mostly because both good and “dark side” Jedi possess paranormal powers and psychic abilities.

¹ https://earthpages.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/fallen-angels/#comment-2902

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13 thoughts on “Fallen Angels

  1. Interesting post! Can you recommend some good books on the subject? Or possibly other sites you may know of?

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  2. Hi… these are all pretty good, each in their own way. Don’t let the “Idiot’s Guide” title fool you. Some of these books are quite well researched and provide a good overview…

    A dictionary of angels, including the fallen angels.
    by Davidson, Gustav, 1895-1971.

    Angels, A to Z / James R. Lewis, Evelyn Dorothy Oliver ; Kelle Sisung, ed.
    by Lewis, James R.
    Detroit ; Toronto : Gale Research, 1996.

    Encyclopedia of angels
    by Guiley, Rosemary.
    New York : Facts on File, 1996.

    The complete idiot’s guide to angels
    by Stevenson, Jay.
    New York : Alpha Books, c1999.

    The encyclopedia of angels
    by Briggs, Constance Victoria.
    New York : Plume, c1997.

    As for web sites, I’ve posted two pages that touch on the idea of heavenly and not-so heavenly angels.

    http://web.ncf.ca/dy656/earthpages/angels.html

    http://web.ncf.ca/dy656/earthpages3/articles_aliens.htm

    (see the part about Discernment and NSI)

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  3. Thanks for the info. Will be sure to check them all out. Always thought it was a fascinating subject.

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  4. One of these days I’m going to better organize my books! This one’s pretty good too…

    http://www.amazon.com/Angels-Endangered-Species-Malcolm-Godwin/dp/0671706500

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  5. Listen to this discussion on the HotConflict.com radio Show talking about the concept of Fallen Angels and Nephelim from an Islamic pint of view.

    http://www.hotconflict.com/blog/2008/01/belief-in-angel.html

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  6. Thanks. Very interesting looking site!

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  7. There is no such thing as a fallen angel in Islam. No doubt, in Islam, Iblis a.k.a. Satan is a jinn and he is most evil. However at the same time, he never is nor was an angel. Angels in Islam do not have free will and they cannot disobey God. In terms of Iblis, he used to be a rightous slave of God so much so that he was elevated to the level of angels before he refused to bow down, however, he was never an angel. Jinn, on the other hand, do possess free will and there are good and evil jinn just as there are good and evil humans.

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  8. Okay thanks. I just integrated your comment within the entry.

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  9. coolguymuslim explained it well,i want add some things.as he said satan was not an angel.before human race god created jinns (those creatures are not believed in christianity , there are alot of haunted places in europe and in amerika in all over the world ,which are folowed by the expert and the truth of some unseen beings are accepted scientifically over 50 years ,christians entitles them as ghosts ,spirits or demons .objects are moved by some invisible forces,the doors are opened,knocked,there alot of cryptid sightings with red glowing eyes like loveland frog mothman bigfoots yetis ,those are all jinns .jinn is an arabic word and the meaning is hidden. they are some kind of energy bodied but like human consciousness creatıres they live inthis world between us but they are so thin in density that we cannot see even touch them but they can see us they can transform in any shape they can take a body like a human or animal but this is forbidden by god not permitted by the angels there fore only in exceptional times those can things happen like mothman bigfoot or sth those things are not their real look its only a form and those are often bad jinns as the christians call them demons. they can move very quickly ,over light speed),the name of this group was jann but this jann beings gone bad in time and god order to angels to destroy them only one being was left, this was jinn child angels had nercy for him and asked to let him alive god accepted( god of course knows who is he but there is a masterplan and god will use him after) angels took him near them and raised him taught him high angelic learnings and he began to work like an agel with angels and in time he made a lot of succesful things in some of the gods endless places and became famous betwen angels he became some reputations such azaazeel arabic word i dont know the wxact meanig you can look in dictionary but i think the meanings is powerfull,honourable sth like that and this thing was the famous satan or shaytan .before he was good b ut you know the story he didnt accept adams the first human spiritually and materially higher than him and the other angels,i said that jins have supernatural abilities , he looked at adam he is a human with no supernatural abilty ,he thaught how can this higher than me he coludnt understand that god doesnt means or likes supernatural abilities he couldnt see all the beatiful and good things that humans has of course good humans not bads
    ,love ,fondness,tenderness.loving kindness,feelings and the the other good things god likes that,here i have to a very very important thing ,its asked since the beginning of the human history why god created the universe us ,it i ts very simple everyone knows what it is but dont know that s the reason is ,,,, love ,,,,.this the love to everything first human of course than animals then plants than the other things .not sex of course or not the love between man and woman .he didnt un derstand hat and he disobeyed you kow the rest of the story .of course this a plan of god and he uses shaytan for examination of people in order to see that they will chose the right and good

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