Teaching Thursday – Can Babies (or People) Become Angels After Death?

Can Babies (or People) Become Angels After Death?

In one word: NO!

The false and unbiblical view that babies and people gain their wings after death simply isn’t true. The concept doesn’t exist in Scripture.

I remember after our sweet newborn daughter, Abigail, passed away, a few people, thinking they were helping, said she was now an angel in heaven. It troubled me. Regrettably, people believe this false concept as truth, and perhaps unknowingly, because no one taught them correctly, or they preferred to believe a lie. I guess, in some ways, who can blame them, when we are constantly bombarded in movies, television programs, and books with the lie: humans become angels when they die. I ask: Where are the churches, the clergy, and the true followers of Christ? Staying silent or simply looking the other way?

So what is the truth?

While both angels and humans are both created beings, with a will and emotions, angels cannot become human nor can humans become angels. Angels are spirit beings (Hebrews 1:14). They look upon salvation with wonder and awe (1 Peter 1:10-12); it’s not something they can experience for themselves, but instead they are observers, rejoicers (Luke 15:10), and protectors (Heb. 1:14) over those who were once lost, but have been found through a saving knowledge of the LORD Jesus Christ.

Why would they look at our salvation with awe, wonder, and rejoicing? It’s something they cannot experience, because they are spirit beings who cannot gain salvation. At some point between when angels were created and the temptation of Eve in the Garden, satan (lowercase intentional) fell. He had a will, and he willfully chose to rebel against God, taking with him one-third of the heavenly host (see Ezek. 28:18, Matt. 25:41, Rev. 12:4).

Humans were made redeemable (savable). We were made with the capability of changing our nature (moving from being without Christ to being found in Him through faith in Him), and changing our will. We can volitionally choose to follow Christ, or not follow Him, and stay in the state upon which we were born: lost and without Christ.
Humans are created beings with both a body and a spirit. Humans were created in the image of God (Genesis 1: 26-27). Angels, although capable of appearing in bodily form to humans (Genesis 18: 19:1-8), do not have a physical body as humans do. (They can move across space and time, and can appear suddenly. Gabriel moved quickly to be by Daniel’s side {Daniel 9:21}, and an angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds abiding in the fields {Luke 2:9, 13}. These are activities humans are incapable of performing.) Angels are not made imago dei (image bearers of God), only humans received this classification.

Based on the evidence of Scripture, humans cannot become angels. God did not make it so, but preserved for us a special place in all of creation. We are the only creation able to experience His redemption through salvation. Christ didn’t willingly go to the Cross on the behalf of angels, but for us. Angels are God’s messengers (servants) and they can only do what He intended for them to do.

So, when someone claims your deceased loved one is an angel in *heaven, tell them the truth. It isn’t so.

Personally, I’m excited to know there will be a day when I’ll see Abigail, healed and whole, fully capable of experiencing her Savior, not as an angel, but as a member of the redeemed humans. (And yes, I believe babies go to heaven…I’ll leave that for another day.)

Come back to visit me tomorrow for Friday Funday. I’ll share a yummy and filling recipe that will surely warm your heart and soul on a cold wintery night.

*Humans can only experience Heaven upon death if they have a saving knowledge of Christ. Christ came to save sinners. It is only through faith in Him can a man, woman, or child be saved. There’s no other way under heaven to get to God than through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Romans 3:21-26 New Living Translation (NLT)
Christ Took Our Punishment
21But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. 22We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. 23For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, 26for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.

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About LatanyaWagner

I'm a homeschooling mom of 3. Originally from Georgia, where I grew up learning about the value of hard work while living on a farm, I now live near Charlotte, NC, working hard to raise a family that loves and honors God. I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Architectural Engineering and a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Ministry. I'm also an aspiring writer and speaker. I'm currently writing my second novel and a non-fiction book on homeschooling. I recently (Jan. 2013) self-published my first Christian Romance Novel, 'Mending Hearts' on Amazon.
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