Catholics vs. Protestants: What Do They Believe About Angels?
Do all Christians agree on the same ideas and beliefs regarding God's messengers?
- Guardian angels
- Role of angels in daily life
- Angel names in the Bible
- Hierarchy of Angels
- Role of angels in church services
- Praying to angels
- Overall attitude toward angels
What is the difference between what Protestants believe about angels and what Roman Catholics believe?
How do Catholics and Protestants differ in their beliefs about angels? Surprisingly, this is not an easy question to answer. Both Protestants and Catholics agree on basic beliefs about angels, but there is no “official”list of beliefs about angels. Both believe what the Bible says, but there is still a difference between the Bible used by Catholics and Protestants. The Catholic Bible includes apocryphal books not included in the Protestant Bible. Apocryphal books include the Book of Tobit which mentions the Archangel Raphael. While Protestants accept only what is found in the Bible, the Catholic Church also accepts church traditions and teachings about angels.
The following is what I understand to be the generally accepted Catholic and Protestant views on angels.
The term "guardian angel" is not found anywhere in the Bible, but the popular belief for both Protestants and Catholics is that each person has a guardian angel to lead, guard, and guide. Generally, Catholics believe that guardian angels are given at conception, but most Protestants give little thought as to when guardian angels are assigned. Because the Bible gives so few details, some Protestant and Catholic theologians believe that, instead of God assigning one angel to a person for life, God assigns different angels to a person at different times. There may even be times when a person has more than one angel.
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