Can Angels Sin


I need help answering a question my son ask me the other day. How come the fallen angels could turn away from God and now they can’t. Did God take away their free will? Thanks.


Their time for choices are over and already made. Scripture tells us that Michael led the two thirds who remained faithful to God, the remainder bcame evil spirits, devils, because they no longer had the love and goodness of God in them. Our time for choices isn’t over but there will come a time when there are no new human beings left to make choices for or against God. If we reject God ultimately we too will be without the beauty and love and goodness of God.

“The angelic orders were formed as “pure spirits.” The “devil and the other demons were created by God good according to their nature but they made themselves evil…through the exercise of their own will.” [Fourth Lateran Council V A]


These should also be very helpful:

Is redemption possible for Satan?

Because angels are pure spirit and of vastly superior intelligence to human beings, the choice they made for or against God was a permanent choice. Those who fell cannot repent having chosen against God. Because the fallen angels cannot repent, God cannot forgive them. They have permanently chosen to separate themselves from God.

With human beings, our final choice is settled at death. If we die having chosen for God, we will go to heaven – either immediately or after purgation, depending on the state of our souls. If we die having chosen against God, we will go to hell. Once in hell, our choice against God is also permanently fixed and there can be no release from hell for us either.

Can the devil change?

Satan and the fallen angels cannot change because they are angels and angelic beings are pure spirits. Humans are embodied spirits, subject to the laws of created time, and so can change. Because of their purely spiritual nature and their superior intelligence, the angels made a definitive choice either for God or against him. Those who chose for God are in heaven with him; those who chose against God cast themselves into hell. The fallen angels cannot repent (just as the angels in heaven cannot now fall). This means that the fallen angels, including Satan, cannot repent, be saved, or go to heaven.

Can angels change their minds?
When did God create angels?

(there’s a few others, but they all just say more of the same…) :slight_smile:


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