Angels and Their Intellect


#1

I am curius because both humans and some angels fell from Grace, but the angels decision was irrevocable. Humans can only be saved by their ignorance otherwise we would share the fate of the fallen angels. Are angels’ intellects superior to humans’???

Thanks and God Bless.
~slinky1882


#2

The intellect of an angel was explained to me to be far superior to that of a human. They are capable of comprehending all of creation in a single thought.


#3

[quote=Other Eric]The intellect of an angel was explained to me to be far superior to that of a human. They are capable of comprehending all of creation in a single thought.
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Which is precisely why Lucifer’s (and the others) decision is irrevocable.


#4

[quote=Dredgemate]Which is precisely why Lucifer’s (and the others) decision is irrevocable.
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…which is also why the fact of their falling in the first place is so disturbing. To possess such comprehension and to still make that choice is chilling.


#5

[quote=Cherub]…which is also why the fact of their falling in the first place is so disturbing. To possess such comprehension and to still make that choice is chilling.
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I know to behold the Almighty and think “I can take that Old Man.” That is pure evil.


#6

If I understand your question correctly, the way I heard it explained was these angels “had intimate knowledge” of the Lord, as opposed to what human beings had.

A more vague, additional recollection is that while angels may have a higher intellect, humans enjoy a physical body.


#7

From what I’ve understood, the issue is not intellect but time. Our souls are eternal and angels/demons are noncorpeal souled beings; we humans are different in that we have bodies and exist in time. So therefore, angels and demons do have free will, in that they can freely choose goodness or evil but without passing of time, their choices are either eternal damnation or heaven.

Peace,
Fieryjades


#8

**From the Catechism

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**II. THE FALL OF THE ANGELS **

391 Behind the disobedient choice of our first parents lurks a seductive voice, opposed to God, which makes them fall into death out of envy.266 Scripture and the Church’s Tradition see in this being a fallen angel, called “Satan” or the “devil”.267 The Church teaches that Satan was at first a good angel, made by God: "The devil and the other demons were indeed created naturally good by God, but they became evil by their own doing."268

392 Scripture speaks of a sin of these angels.269 This “fall” consists in the free choice of these created spirits, who radically and irrevocably *rejected *God and his reign. We find a reflection of that rebellion in the tempter’s words to our first parents: "You will be like God."270 The devil “has sinned from the beginning”; he is “a liar and the father of lies”.271

393 **It is the irrevocable character of their choice, and not a defect in the infinite divine mercy, that makes the angels’ sin unforgivable. "There is no repentance for the angels after their fall, just as there is no repentance for men after death."272

394 Scripture witnesses to the disastrous influence of the one Jesus calls “a murderer from the beginning”, who would even try to divert Jesus from the mission received from his Father.273 "The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil."274 In its consequences the gravest of these works was the mendacious seduction that led man to disobey God.

395 The power of Satan is, nonetheless, not infinite. He is only a creature, powerful from the fact that he is pure spirit, but still a creature. He cannot prevent the building up of God’s reign. Although Satan may act in the world out of hatred for God and his kingdom in Christ Jesus, and although his action may cause grave injuries - of a spiritual nature and, indirectly, even of a physical nature- to each man and to society, the action is permitted by divine providence which with strength and gentleness guides human and cosmic history. It is a great mystery that providence should permit diabolical activity, but "we know that in everything God works for good with those who love him."275


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