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Myth #1: Angels and demons are eternal and uncreated.
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However, their spiritual parts survive, henceforth roaming the earth as demons. Although sometimes denied by some scholars, many classical Islam scholars accepted the existence of fallen angels. Evidence for the motif of fallen angels can be traced back to reports attributed to some of the companions of Muhammad , such as Ibn Abbas and Abdullah ibn Masud To support the doctrine of infallible angels, he pointed at verses which stressed the piety of angels, while simultaneously reinterpreting verses which might imply acknowledgement of fallen angels.

For that reason, he read the term mala'ikah angels in reference to Harut and Marut in as malikayn kings , depicting them as ordinary men and not as angels and Iblis as a jinn. Academic scholars have discussed whether or not the Quranic jinn are identical to the Biblical fallen angels.

Although the different types of spirits in the Quran are sometimes hard to distinguish, the jinn in Islamic traditions seem to differ in their major characteristics from fallen angels. Similar to The first Book of Enoch, they taught sorcery on earth, causing corruption. According to 1 Enoch 7.

The offspring of these unions, and the knowledge they were giving, corrupt human beings and the earth 1 Enoch Like many other fallen angels mentioned in 1 Enoch 8. Further, Azazel is blamed for the corruption of earth:.

To him therefore ascribe the whole crime. An etiological interpretation of 1 Enoch deals with the origin of evil.

Fallen Angels

By shifting the origin of mankind's sin and their misdeeds to illicit angel instruction, evil is attributed to something supernatural from without. This motif, found in 1 Enoch, differs from that of later Jewish and Christian theology ; in the latter evil is something from within. As evident from Leviticus , priests were prohibited to marry impure women.

Accordingly, the fallen angels in 1 Enoch are the priests counterpart, who defile themselves by marriage. Just like the angels are expelled from heaven, the priests are excluded from their service at the altar. Unlike most other apocalyptic writings , 1 Enoch reflects a growing dissatisfaction with the priestly establishments in Jerusalem in 3rd century BC. The paradigmatic interpretation parallels the Adamic myth in regard of the origin of evil: In both cases, transcending ones own limitations inherent in their own nature, causes their fall.

This contrasts the etiological interpretation, which implies another power besides God, in heaven. The latter solution therefore poorly fits into monotheistic thought. Accordingly, the fallen angels represent creatures of Greek mythology , which introduced forbidden arts, used by Hellenistic kings and generals, resulting in oppression of Jews. The concept of fallen angels is also found in the Second Book of Enoch. It tells about Enoch 's ascent through the layers of heaven.

During his journey, he encounters fallen angels imprisoned in the 2nd heaven. At first, he decides to pray for them, but refuses to do so, since he himself as merely human, would not be worthy to pray for angels. In the 5th heaven however, he meets other rebellious angels, here called Grigori , remaining in grief, not joining the heavenly hosts in song.

Enoch tries to cheer them up by telling about his prayers for their fellow angels and thereupon they join the heavenly liturgy. Strikingly, the text refers to the leader of the Grigori as Satanail and not as Azael or Shemyaza, as in the other Books of Enoch.

The narration of the Grigori in 2 Enoch —7, who went down on to earth, married women and "befouled the earth with their deeds", resulting in their confinement under the earth, shows that the author of 2 Enoch knew about the stories in 1 Enoch.

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The equation of an angel called Satanail with a deity trying to usurp the throne of a higher deity, was also adapted by later Christian in regard to the fall of Satan. The Book of Jubilees , an ancient Jewish religious work, accepted as canonical by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and Beta Israel , refers to the Watchers, who are among the angels created on the first day. Afterwards, he becomes their leader: [28]. Both the first Book of Enoch and the Book of Jubilees include the motif of angels introducing evil to humans.

However, unlike the Book of Enoch, the Book of Jubilees does not hold that evil was caused by the fall of angels in the first place, although their introduction to sin is affirmed. Further, while the fallen angels in the Book of Enoch are acting against God's will, the fallen angels and demons in the Book of Jubilees seem to have no power independent from God but only act within his power. Although the concept of fallen angels developed from early Judaism during the Second Temple period, rabbis from the second century onward turned against the Enochian writings, probably in order to prevent fellow Jews from worship and veneration of angels.

Thus, while many angels were individualized and sometimes venerated during the Second Temple period, the status of angels was degraded to a class of creatures on the same level of humans, thereby emphasizing the omnipresence of God.

Fallen Angels

The 2nd-century rabbi Shimon bar Yochai cursed everyone who explained the term Sons of God as angels. He stated, Sons of God were actually sons of judges or sons of nobles. Evil was no longer attributed to heavenly forces, now it was dealt as an "evil inclination" yetzer hara within humans. In some Midrashic works, the "evil inclination" is attributed to Samael , who is in charge of several satans. The reacceptance of fallen angels in midrashic discourse was probably influenced by the role of fallen angels in Islamic lore. The first fall of angels is attributed to Samael.

Samael refuses to worship Adam and objects to God favoring Adam over the angels. Thereupon he descends to Adam's abode and tempts him into sin. While the first fall of angels probably was rooted in the motif of the fall of Iblis in the Quran and the fall of Satan in the Cave of Treasures , the second fall of angels echoes the Enochian narratives.

Again, the "sons of God" mentioned in Gen —4 are depicted as angels. During their fall, their "strength and stature became like the sons of man" and again, they give existence to the giants by intercourse with human women. Although not strictly speaking fallen , evil angels reappear in Kabbalah. Some of them are named after angels taken from the Enochian writings, such as Samael.

In the narrative, the Zohar affirms but simultaneously prohibits magical practices. Luke refers to "Satan falling from heaven" and Matthew mentions "the devil and his angels", who will be thrown into hell. All Synoptic Gospels identify Satan as the leader of demons. Origen and other Christian writers linked the fallen morning star of Isaiah 14 of the Old Testament to Jesus' statement in Luke that he "saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven", as well as a passage about the fall of Satan in Revelation —9.

Christian tradition has associated Satan not only with the image of the morning star in Isaiah , but also with the denouncing in Ezekiel —19 of the king of Tyre , who is spoken of as having been a " cherub ". The Church Fathers saw these two passages as in some ways parallel, an interpretation also testified in apocryphal and pseudepigraphic works.

During the period immediately before the rise of Christianity, the intercourse between the Watchers and human women was often seen as the first fall of the angels. According to the Church Fathers who accepted the doctrine by Origen, these angels were guilty of having transgressed the limits of their nature and of desiring to leave their heavenly abode to experience sensual experiences.

Justin Martyr c. Justin also held them responsible for Christian persecution during the first centuries. The Babylonian king, who is described as a fallen "morning star" in Isaiah —17, was probably the first time identified with a fallen angel by Origen. The image of the fallen morning star or angel was thereby applied to Satan by early Christian writers, [58] [59] following the equation of Lucifer to Satan in the pre-Christian century.

By the third century, Christians began to reject the Enochian literature. The sons of God came to be identified merely with righteous men, more precisely with descendants of Seth who had been seduced by women descended from Cain. The cause of evil was shifted from the superior powers of angels, to humans themselves, and to the very beginning of history; the expulsion of Satan and his angels on the one hand and the original sin of humans on the other hand.

Others denied any physical relation to material elements, depicting the fallen angels as purely spiritual entities. Augustine, in his Civitas Dei describes two cities Civitates distinct from each other and opposed to each other like light and darkness. On the other hand, the heavenly city is inhabited by righteous men and the angels led by God.

In Augustine works, evil originates from free will.


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Augustine always emphasized the sovereignty of God over the fallen angels. The obedient angels are endowed with grace , giving them a deeper understanding of God's nature and the order of the cosmos. Illuminated by God-given grace, they became incapable of feeling any desire for sin. The other angels, however, are not blessed with grace, thus they remain capable of sin.

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After these angels decide to sin, they fall from heaven and become demons. Like Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox Christianity shares the basic belief in fallen angels as spiritual beings who rebel against God. Unlike Catholicism, however, there is no established doctrine about the exact nature of fallen angels, but Eastern Orthodox Christianity unanimously agrees that the power of fallen angels is always inferior to God. Therefore, belief in fallen angels can always be assimilated with local lore, as long it does not break basic principles and is in line with the Bible.

As in Catholicism, fallen angels tempt and incite people into sin, but mental illness is also linked to fallen angels. Together with demons, they continue to cause sin and corruption on earth. Like Catholisicm, Protestantism continues with the concept of fallen angels as spiritual entities unrelated to flesh, [66] but it rejects the angelology established by Catholicism.

Martin Luther 's — sermons of the angels merely recount the exploits of the fallen angels, and does not deal with an angelic hierarchy. According to Zanchi, the angels rebelled when the incarnation of Christ was revealed to them in incomplete form. The concept of fallen angels is well-known in Islam, although some scholars rejected them, among which Hasan of Basra was one of the first.

Further, Surah implies that a pair of fallen angels introduces magic to humanity. However, the latter angels did not accompany Iblis. Fallen angels work in entirely different ways in the Quran and Tafsir. In a Shia narrative from Ja'far al-Sadiq or — , Idris Enoch meets an angel, which the wrath of God falls upon, and his wings and hair are cut off; after Idris prays for him to God, his wings and hair are restored. In return they become friends and at his request the angel takes Idris to the heavens to meet the angel of death.

Thus, the Quran may refer not to the earthly Ezra, but to the heavenly Ezra, identifying him with the heavenly Enoch, who in turn became identified with the angel Metatron also called lesser YHWH in merkabah mysticism. The Quran repeatedly tells about the fall of Iblis. According to Surah , the angels object to God's intention to create a human, because they will cause corruption and shed blood , [96] echoing the account of 1 Enoch and the Book of Jubilees.

How Some Angels Became Evil Spirits Called Demons

In that film, Christopher Walken chewed scenery as Gabriel, who wanted to kickstart a civil war in Heaven. Gabriel played by Tilda Swinton also goes bad in 's Constantine. The archangel eventually was treated as a good guy, with Michael being the baddie, in 's Australian action flick Gabriel. On television, the ongoing series Supernatural on The CW has featured battles between good and bad angels along with demons for the majority of its nine seasons.

In this era of the tarnished halo, the bad angel may seek to root out evil, attempt to please God in its own way or might simply be jealous of the big guy's human pets. From her perspective, Guiley said she thinks this entertainment trend is a "natural pendulum swing away from the cloying, overly sweet angels.

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