Angels of Our Better Half?

18 Mar

While out shopping I stopped into a store featuring “Angels for all occasions” and after only a short while I noticed that all of the angel figurines were women. (not to mention pretty young women) Which got me to thinking, where are the angel men? Can’t men be angels too?

After a short thought about my childhood and catechism classes I remembered that all of the angels in the Bible were men. Whenever God sent an Angel to visit people on Earth he sent men angels and they apparently weren’t too cute either because they were always having to tell people to calm down and not be afraid and to simply listen to the important message that the lord had sent.

In fact the word angel comes from the ancient Greek and means simply “messenger” and not pretty girl or cute guys with wings because…well..angels were neither cute and none had wings. (I’m not counting cherubim and seraphim because they’re just plain weird)

Anyway, even Lucifer was an angel and he’s Satan for Chr… well you know…

So when did all of the angels transform into women? And why? Is it because of our culture’s recent developments in homophobia over the last few hundred years? Is it because nobody wants to image a big hairy guy standing next to them with an ethereal hand on their shoulder? Or because a guy with long flowing hair and a long flowing robe and wings would just be too “gay” for the average church goers liking? Have men just become too creepy to be imagined as angels these days?

It’s certainly not because people don’t believe in angels because  a 2008 survey by Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion, polled 1,700 Americans and found that 55 percent, including one in five of those who say they are not religious, believe that they have been protected by a guardian angel during their life. And an August 2007 Pew poll found that 68 percent of Americans believe that “angels and demons are active in the world”, (guess who gets to be the demons?) and according to four different polls conducted in 2009, 55% of Americans believe in angels while only 36%  believe in global warming!

In the extremely popular 1990s TV show Touched By An Angel the 2 featured angels were both women… until they added a man angel later in the 3rd season…and he was…wait for it…the Angel of Death!

What gives?! And I was hoping to be an angel someday…you know way, way, way, into the future not anytime soon… but apparently according to the Bible that’s not possible anyway because God has already “created an abundance of immortal beings called angels”…so what do I know?

But in all fairness I have to admit that  I have often opined that we men here on earth should give more jobs over to women because they are more apt to be kinder and gentler and start fewer wars (if any) than we men have already shown such an enormous propensity to do.

And although that hasn’t been happening here on Earth it appears that we’ve already made our choices about what we want Heaven to be like. Women! And lots of them because ironically  they’ll be the ones most likely  to help us out and take care of us and show us the way to enlightenment and wise decision making  back here on Earth.

Besides according to the Bible there’s no sex in heaven. So what would Heaven need men for? When we die and as we ascend into heaven are we all just transformed into beautiful women with lovely clothes and wings? (If so I do hope there’ll be shoes!)

I just hope we men aren’t sent someplace else…you know…like where there’s actually global warming!

13 Responses to “Angels of Our Better Half?”

  1. Jason Preater March 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    Great post! It really made me think about the images of angels in popular culture and you are spot on. Do you think there is a connection with fairy-lore? What was once a part of Celtic religion becomes cutesy girls in wafty dresses. I guess the typical image we have of the angel comes from the Greek Nike or Victory, which is invariably female. When Lot is in Sodom the Sodomites want to abuse his messengers, so I guess they must have been pretty boys at least. The Archangels are all boys: Michael, Raphael, Gabriel and some other. But in popular culture you don’t get any of that.

  2. mvschulze March 18, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    Love your thoughts, and pondering – not to mention commendable background research. This particular issue about the sex of angeles or even the meaning of sex after life, should be considered more seriously by those young men/boys taking suicide bombing classes, as I am beginning to think they are being duped!

  3. ranu802 March 18, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    I must say,I was laughing as I was reading your post.You sure have a great sense of humour. Please do not forget.. ‘The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world’ here’s some more salt on your wound.

  4. serendipityherbals March 19, 2013 at 12:27 am #

    A WONDERFUL article!!!

  5. princessdeficit March 19, 2013 at 2:42 am #

    Lol! Great article! I think angels ended up as beautiful women, because it is more conmercial. Whether it be selling those unnecessary figurines, stickers, or pictures, people like pretty women.

    • princessdeficit March 19, 2013 at 2:44 am #

      Actually, i forgot to mention, in europe, angles figurines, appear genderless. They are these chubby cute, naked, genderless, people, with wings.

  6. chalkdustfairy March 19, 2013 at 3:01 am #

    Really enjoyed reading this post! I don’t know about women starting fewer wars, though…maybe they would just be of a different kind. 😉

  7. kalabalu March 19, 2013 at 3:27 am #

    interesting and soft way to present ideas..nicely written entertaining article..made me smile 🙂

  8. Morgan Mussell March 19, 2013 at 3:51 am #

    What percentage of buyers of angel figurines do you suppose are women? I’m guessing north of 90%. Also, as you point out, a culture that buries its head in the sand about global warming is going to want Hallmark angels rather than the kind documented in scripture that tend to scare you when they tear the fabric of conventional reality.

    Nice post!

  9. janeanddavid March 19, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    Interesting point, that angels today are depicted as women. If only we could have both women and men.

  10. Merifully March 21, 2013 at 1:09 am #

    This reminds me of last week when we were studying the Huns. Evidently, according to the Romans (and they are less than trustworthy), Pope Leo the somethingth, changed Attila the Hun’s mind about sacking Rome when Saint Peter and Saint Paul showed up with wings and swords and hovered over the Pope’s shoulder. A German’s account of the story was that the Pope offered Attila the Emperor’s sister Anoria as a wife and lots of money none of which Attila ever got. I like the story of the winged men better.

  11. hugmamma March 21, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    Global warming would be what the men deserve who have controlled all that has happened to the environment here on planet earth. That…and being deprived of…the company of gorgeous women.


  12. alesiablogs March 25, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    You crack me up! Hey you probably don’t need to worry about having shoes! Your feet will be beautiful and you will want to feel that street of gold under your feet after all! May God Bless you .

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