I wasn’t sure where to put this, as there doesn’t seem to be a thread specifically for theology, so I just put it here.
My question is: other than angels being pure spirit, whereas we are both spirit and body, what are the differences in angels’ natures from human nature?
I think I remember St. Thomas saying that angels are “pure intellect”, which makes them closer to God, who he says is also pure intellect, though I don’t think this is a set in stone idea. In the Bible, when angels are embodied and interact with people, they seem to act very much like us, except for their direct knowledge of God’s plans, which He somewhat reveals to them. Also, since they were separated into angels and demons, those who did not sin are not eternally in Heaven, and so, reflecting the presence of God, they’re different from us in that way as well, hence why many in the Bible expressed fear and awe in the presence of angels. But, that is more due to them being in Heaven, rather than an aspect of their own nature, I would think.
These are just my own speculations. I greatly welcome everyone else’s ideas. Thank you and God bless.