“The wise man looks not to how long he lives, but to how he dies. For him death has no terrors, because it is the day of his birth to immortal life. And he will be mindful of those he has left behind, and will commune with them.”
–Seneca (4? B.C.–65 A.D.)
“Angels are spirits, but it is not because they are spirits that they are angels.
They become Angels when they are sent.
For the name Angel refers to their office, not their nature.
You ask the name of this nature, it is spirit;
it is that of an Angel, which is a messenger.”
~Saint Augustine (354-430)
by Linda Pendleton
Copyright 2013 by Linda Pendleton. All Rights Reserved.
It would seem the religious instinct is innate within humankind, as though a template for the religious experience had been programmed into our genetic structures that govern human expression. Within the innate religious or spiritual instinct are experiences that might be classified as miraculous. But, are many of the events or experiences actually miracles or no more than ordinary occurrences?
Reports of extraordinary and astonishing events attributed to supreme being or divine power will be found in virtually every world religion, every culture, and probably within every human mind from primitive times right up into the modern age. Many cultures do not regard miracles or paranormal events as anything extraordinary but merely the natural workings of a natural world. Most cultures who share that idea have well-formulated spiritual beliefs that have been carried forward from generation to generation, throughout history, and many of these cultures have evolved highly sophisticated belief systems.
A recent poll indicates that eighty-two percent of Americans believe in an afterlife. A 2011 CBS Poll found eight in ten Americans believe in angels, and other polls seem to match those increasing numbers. The numbers are also increasing for those who believe that they have had communication from a loved one on the other side. It has been reported that fifteen million people have had after death communication. That is more than the population of the three largest U.S. cities: New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. And I believe you would agree, that‘s a lot of people.
Of those Americans who believe in the existence of angels, they believe the angels to be messengers of God, and more than half of Americans believe they have their own guardian angel, or angels. But Americans are not alone in those beliefs. Most of the world believes in angels and guardian angels to be higher spiritual beings created by God acting as His agents on earth.