Can men become angels?


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Are those people who journey on this earth and then are welcomed into the kingdom ever to be considered angels?


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[quote=faithfulservant]Are those people who journey on this earth and then are welcomed into the kingdom ever to be considered angels?
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No. Angels are an entirely separate order of creatures than human beings. Human beings have both a spiritual soul and a material body. Angels are pure spiritual beings; they are persons who have intelligence and will but they do not have bodies.

The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls “angels” is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition (CCC 328).

St. Augustine says: “‘Angel’ is the name of their office, not of their nature. If you seek the name of their nature, it is ‘spirit’; if you seek the name of their office, it is ‘angel’: from what they are, ‘spirit’, from what they do, ‘angel.’” With their whole beings the angels are servants and messengers of God. Because they “always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven” they are the “mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word” (CCC 329).

As purely spiritual creatures angels have intelligence and will: they are personal and immortal creatures, surpassing in perfection all visible creatures, as the splendor of their glory bears witness (CCC 330).

At a human being’s death, his body and soul separate. The body is buried and the soul goes to judgment before God. At the end of time, at the resurrection of the body, each man’s body and soul will be reunited. If he is saved, his body will be glorified. Man’s ultimate destiny is not to become a pure spiritual being like the angels but to have his body and soul reunited and to live in glory forever as a embodied spiritual soul.


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