Would the Angels Approve If I Let Go of My Relationship?

A woman shares an unusual marriage ceremony accompanied by angel voices and the heartache that followed.

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Although you and your boyfriend have never married, we can find guidance in the Bible where it teaches about the marriage commitment. Clearly, when two people are joined in marriage it is intended to be “till death do you part.” When asked if there were any exceptions for adultery, Jesus himself answered, “Yes.” In this account Jesus did not say if this was the only exception. New insights into the biblical texts indicate that Jesus also believed there were legitimate grounds for divorce, such as abandonment when one person permanently leaves the marriage. For a more complete explanation of this, see the article “When to Separate What God Has Joined” in the October 2007 issue of Christianity Today.

When Jesus was on Earth, did he have a guardian angel?

The Bible does not directly say that Jesus had a guardian angel, but because he was a man, he must have. Some Catholic theologians believe that Michael the Archangel fulfilled this role.

Why would Jesus need a guardian angel? After all, when he was in human form, Jesus was still God, the creator, the all-powerful one, wasn’t he?

As God, Jesus didn’t need a guardian angel, but when Jesus came to Earth he voluntarily made a choice to live as a human. Jesus the man was tempted just like we are (Hebrews 4:15). The Gospels do not explain what role angels played behind the scenes when Jesus was vulnerable, but Matthew 4:11 does tell us that after Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, angels came and ministered to him.

The Bible also tells us that in the Garden of Gethsemane, when Jesus faced the challenge of the cross, an angel from heaven came and strengthened him (Luke 22:43). The angel did not spare him from pain and agony, but he did strengthen Jesus to fulfill the work of God. The truth is that Jesus could have called legions of angels to rescue him from the crucifixion (Matthew 26:53-54), but the experience in Gethsemane teaches us that angels are present, most often unseen, to help us through difficult times.

Is there a Feast of the Archangels in the Catholic faith? Do the Catholics pray to the angels Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel on September 29th and only the 29th?
--Delores Anderson

Yes, the Roman Catholic Church does observe the Feast of the Archangels on September 29. The feast of Saint Michael originated in the sixth century. It was known in English as “Michaelmas.” Before the reform of the general Roman calendar, the feast of Gabriel was observed on March 24 and the feast of Raphael on October 24. Today, the feast of the archangels includes Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael.

And yes, Catholics do pray to Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael on September 29. But, they also pray to the angels on any other day. This marks one of the differences between Protestant and Catholic Christians. In general, Protestants only pray directly to God (1 Timothy 2:5). Catholics also pray to saints and angels. The church father Origen wrote in A.D. 233, "But not the high priest [Christ] alone prays for those who pray sincerely, but also the angels…as also the souls of the saints who have already fallen asleep" (On Prayer 11). Catholic doctrine teaches that just as we may ask friends to pray for us, we may also ask saints and angels in heaven to pray for us.

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