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Do angels have belly buttons?

Do people really ask if angels have belly buttons? Yes! This is a question I am asked frequently by adults—my wife’s obstetrician did. I have never had a child ask this question. People who ask (besides the ones who are trying to be cute) are those who know an important fact about angels. Angels are not born. They are created directly by God, so angels have no need for an umbilical cord, and there is no reason for them to have a belly button.

More importantly, angels are spirits (Hebrews 1:14). They remain unseen to our eyes. They don’t have bodies, let alone belly buttons. In the Bible, angels take on a physical form only when it is necessary for them to be seen. When angels do appear as people they are always modestly clothed. How detailed is their anatomy beneath their clothes? Do they choose to have a belly button in this temporary appearance? We cannot know. You can ask when you get to heaven, but I doubt you will think it is important to know then.

How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

Medieval theologians spent days debating this question, according to popular belief. Did they? Mortimer J. Adler, the editor of Great Books of the Western World, writes, “That question was never propounded by any mediaeval theologian. It was an invention of modern scoffers who used it to exemplify what they regarded as the utterly specious disputes involved in angelology.”

Still, the question is asked today, even if theologians hundreds of years ago never quibbled about it. Some people love to ask questions they think no one can answer. Is there a good answer to this absurd question?

The fact is that angels do not have physical bodies. They are pure spirits, without mass or matter. All the angels in God’s creation could be in one place at one time--even dancing on the head of a pin if God wanted them to.

Do angels have "job descriptions"?

Angels did many things in the Bible. How many of these "jobs" do you remember?

Bible Verse
Ladder climbers Genesis 28:10-17
Weightlifter Matthew 28:2
Executioner Genesis 19:1-29
Acts 12:23
Fire Acts 7:30
Policeman Genesis 3:24
Reaper Matthew 13:39-43
Matthew 24:31
Birth announcer Luke 1:13-18
Name giver Luke 2:21
Lion tamer Daniel 6:21
Fireman Daniel 3:28
Chain breaker Acts 12:6-7

Karl Barth wrote that most of what angels do they do in heaven. There they are involved in the worship of God. They are also assigned to administer God’s government and carry out his bidding not only in heaven but also in our entire universe.

God also assigns angels to do many things on earth. They carry out his will in so many ways. Angels are God’s messengers. The word angel in the original languages of both the Old and New Testaments means messenger. The angelic message remembered most often is when Gabriel announced to Mary that she would be the mother of Jesus. God still uses his angels to give messages. They bring encouragement and needed guidance.

Some of the heavenly hosts are assigned to be guardian angels. They carry out God’s will by protecting and delivering their charges from harm. Angels engage in spiritual warfare. There are law and order angels who carry out God’s justice. At the time of death, angels also carry believers to heaven.

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