Myths & Legends About Guardian Angels
August 7, 2018
The universe that we all thrive in has been created in perfect balance. A place that is filled with blessings also has dangers lurking around everywhere. A grizzly bear could instantly turn a fun camping trip in the woods into a nightmarish memory. Or an evening at the amusement park could be ruined by a roller coaster ride disaster! All things considered, it’s safe to say that we all are extremely vulnerable creatures, constantly in need of protection and guidance. The common belief is that, like all mothers, God cares about His children the most, which is why He has appointed certain celestial beings which are constantly looking out for us and protecting us from harm – The Guardian Angels.
If you think about it, the idea of a magnificently glorious being keeping you out of harm’s way is extremely comforting. In the Holy Bible, subtle mentions of these beings have been made on many occasions, though the words “Guardian Angels” have never been used. Apart from that, one often comes across accounts of people (especially children) being miraculously saved from oncoming disasters, which further strengthens the belief of people in these divine bodyguards. But, is everything we hear about Guardian Angels actually true? In this article, I will discuss the common myths and legends about Guardian Angels and let you decide for yourself!
Legends about Guardian Angels
There are many legends associated with the existence of Guardian Angels and the purpose for which they have been put on Earth. Read on as I discuss some of them below.
Guardian Angels stay with us from birth till death
There is a common belief that as soon as a mother conceives a child, Guardian Angels are appointed for his or her protection and they then stick around for as long as that child lives. These angels are appointed by God Himself to look after us so that we stay out of harm’s way and make better decisions to lead a comfortable life. Saint Thomas Aquinas claimed that: “from the very moment of his birth, man has an angel guardian appointed to him” (Summa Theologica, I, 113, 5), which is an indication that all individuals, including you and me, have an angel watching over us at times even we forget to take care of ourselves.
Guardian Angels actually communicate with us
There are disagreements about whether or not Guardian Angels communicate with us directly, but logic tells that there must be some form of contact which prompts us to act in a certain way in order to protect ourselves. Hence, it is commonly believed that Guardian Angels communicate with us through thoughts, images, and, on rare occasions, by actually speaking with words (by taking on a physical appearance). It is believed that when we get second thoughts or feel doubtful about a risky situation, it is our Guardian Angel trying to plant thoughts to keep us safe.
You were chosen by your Guardian Angel
Many people believe that God appointed Guardian Angels for our protection, but there are some with the opinion that every person was chosen by their Guardian Angel. This implies that God gave them the chance to pick whoever they wanted to look after, which makes the idea of having a divine guardian so much more pleasing. Couldn’t this be the reason why Guardian Angels are so devoted towards their duty and have a strong sense of responsibility when it comes to protecting their human? It most certainly could.
Guardian Angels are for everyone
Guardian Angels have not just been made to protect and assist Christians – Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, those belonging to other religions, and even atheists, have Guardian Angels protecting them at all times. This makes Guardian Angels non-denominational – they help and guide people to safety and the right path, regardless of their religion and beliefs.
Some Common Myths about Guardian Angels
Although we can’t say for sure whether Guardian Angels exist or not – this depends on your religious beliefs – there are certain myths that we often hear about them. Amongst all of them, these are the most popular ones:
MYTH: You become a Guardian Angel once you die
Many people believe that pious and/or those who lead a good life become Guardian Angels after they die. Children who lose their parents or siblings at a young age are often comforted by this thought. But, according to logic, it is impossible for human souls to do that as Angels are separate beings created by God to execute His command and become a part of His divine army, whereas humans, after they die, enjoy a deep slumber in the divine gardens or answer for the crimes which they indulged in during their time on Earth. Therefore, the opinion that humans can turn into Angels becomes invalid, however much anyone wants it to be true.
MYTH: Guardian Angels have halos & two wings
When we think of Angels, we picture an image of a beautiful humanoid being with a halo (or a “nimbus”) on top of their heads and a pair of glorious wings. In truth, there is no Biblical proof of any Angel having halos. The idea of halos or nimbuses was only implanted by artists who wanted a way to portray angels as pure and safe from all forms of evil. Moreover, there is no concept of a pair of wings, although according to the description of one group of Angels, some have been described to have six wings. But, those aren’t related, in any way, to Guardian Angels.
MYTH: You have to worship your Guardian Angels
Another common myth regarding Guardian Angels is that in order to get their help, you need to worship them directly. This opinion is invalid.Why? Because of the fact that all angels serve God and obey only His command. They, thus, do not act on the prayers which they receive from humans directly. All power belongs to God and we should only ever ask Him for help, not our Guardian Angels.
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