Romance in the Heavenly Air
Is it possible for angels to fall in love and become human?
What does the word angel mean?
The original meaning of the word angel is messenger. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew and the word for angel is mal’akh. The New Testament was written in Greek, and the Greek word for angel is aggelos. The double G, (in Greek it is double gamma) is pronounced like ng, so the Greek word is pronounced “angelos.” Our English word angel comes from the Greek.
In the original Biblical languages the word could mean either an earthly messenger or one of the heavenly hosts. The translators need to take their clue from the context to know whether the translation should be messenger or angel.
While bringing messages from God was one of the most frequent duties assigned to angels in the Scripture, they also had many other functions.
Our English word angel has several meanings. Webster’s Dictionary gives as its primary definition “a supernatural being, either good or bad, to whom are attributed greater than human power, intelligence, etc.” But the dictionary also includes other meanings, including “a guiding spirit or influence (one’s good angel), and a person regarded as beautiful, good, innocent.”
Can angels become humans?
In popular culture, there are often television and movie plotlines about a guardian angel (usually male) who falls in love with his charge (usually female) and has to make the difficult decision to become mortal or remain a heavenly host. Nicolas Cage faced this dilemma in the film City of Angels, portraying an angel who strives to become human after falling in love. It makes a lovely, romantic drama, but the premise is theologically impossible. Angels in the Bible are not male or female. They do not have gender, at least as we understand it. Theologians use the phrase, "confirmed in holiness" to describe the state of the good angels. This means that the holy angels are so consumed with one great love, the love for God, that they are kept from sin. No lesser love, such as the love for a mortal woman or man, could tempt angels to leave their high estate. More importantly, angels do not have the option to stop being an angel and become human. The Scripture always portray the heavenly hosts as having been created as angels, and they will continue to be the same throughout eternity.
Sophy Burnham writes in A Book of Angels that angels never punish and are never judgmental. They are utterly compassionate. Their message is, “Don’t be afraid. Everything is just fine. There is nothing but love.” But in the Bible there are law and order angels who carry out God’s judgments. Biblical examples of law and order angels are the cherubim God stationed at the Garden of Eden, the angels that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, the angel that struck King Herod, and the angels that will bring Satan’s final defeat.