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What is an earth angel?

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The fact that humans are intensely fascinated with angels may account for many false and fabricated beliefs concerning them. According to one New Age teaching, “earth angels” are a unique hybrid or evolved breed of angels that are born into a physical body. These incarnated celestial beings, sometimes called “angelic humans,” are believed to occupy both physical and spiritual dimensions. They may or may not yet know what they are.

A related school of thought claims that earth angels or “Homo angelus” are people who, at some point in their lives, have been awakened to the “divine truth” about their nature and higher purpose. According to this teaching, earth angels serve as “light workers” on earth, spreading positivity, joy, healing, compassion, love, and light into the world. Since earth angels have purportedly existed in a superior spiritual dimension “beyond Earth,” they are said to be able to hear divine messages from deep within and act accordingly. Some say they intuitively know what others need because they can “feel their energy.”

An earth angel’s ultimate mission is to help more souls wake up to the spiritual evolution process, recognize their own cosmic identity, and join in the movement to enlighten all of humanity. Once enough earth angels have realized who they are and filled the earth with sufficient light, love, and peace, a golden age will dawn. All humanity will connect with the Divine Source or “become one” with the Divine Consciousness.

The trouble with earth angel beliefs is that none are supported in Scripture. Some New Agers cite Psalm 8:5 as a proof text for the existence of earth angels: “You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.” However, based on the immediately preceding verse, it’s clear that the psalmist, King David, is speaking about humans: “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” (Psalm 8:4).

The Bible says that “all angels” are “ministering spirits” (Hebrews 1:14; see also Hebrews 1:7). Angels are strictly spiritual beings, meaning they do not have physical bodies. Sometimes in the Bible, angels make their presence known to humans, usually appearing like men (Genesis 19:1–8; Daniel 8:16; 9:21; Mark 16:5). However, nowhere in the Bible is a unique, evolved class of “earth angel” ever mentioned.

The primary purpose of angels is to care for God’s people (Hebrews 1:14). God commissions angels to protect believers (Psalm 91:11–12), deliver them from danger (2 Kings 19:35), transmit divine messages (Hebrews 2:2), give guidance (Exodus 23:20), and encourage His people (1 Kings 19:5–7). Nowhere in the Bible are angels sent as “light workers” to awaken other humans to their higher divine enlightenment role.

Another problematic aspect of earth angel teaching is that it sweeps under the rug God’s plan of salvation for humankind. Humans are the object of God’s salvation. The Bible is silent about a divine and worldwide dawning of cosmic angelic human enlightenment. Although angels in Scripture are intently interested in God’s redemption of humans (Luke 15:10; 1 Corinthians 4:9; Ephesians 3:10; Hebrews 12:22–23), they cannot experience God’s saving grace themselves. Only humans are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26–27) to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29). Only flesh-and-blood people can be forgiven of their sins and redeemed by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8–9; Romans 10:9–10).

Like all false teachings, earth angel theories reject God’s Word in favor of empty, deceitful, manufactured belief systems. The Bible warns, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8). New Agers suggest that truth can be discovered by listening to the voice within our own hearts; that as humans we can possess the Divine; that through our own efforts, we can create a heaven here on earth; and that we can become one with the Divine. The Bible contradicts all this (see Isaiah 53:6; Proverbs 3:5–6; Romans 3:11; Revelation 16—18; John 17:2).

In a passage concerning false apostles in the early church (2 Corinthians 11:1–15), the apostle Paul explained that “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14, NLT). The earth angel movement is just one of the myriad ways Satan cloaks himself in deceptively beautiful packaging to entice people away from God’s truth.

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