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Do angels have free will?



    
    

Clarify Share Report Asked July 01 2013 Mini Anonymous (via GotQuestions)

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
Although the Bible mentions angels over 250 times, the references are usually incidental to some other topic. Learning what the Bible has to say about angels can certainly aid in an understanding o...

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Image Bryan Naidoo founder and senior pastor of The Upper-Room Church
This subject has and will always be in the mind of scholars and theologians.
Regarding answers to these types of questions, I believe we will only touch the surface with our understanding as much as we have the infallible word of God to help us.

Angels are ministering spirits. Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14 NIV). It says "not all" this means all the angels are created and designed for a purpose. As to having a free will concerning this purpose I have no scripture.

It is also true there are many scriptures in the bible that speaks of angels. I believe we need to look at these scriptures in their context instead of labeling them.

We know man was created in the image of God, we know man was created with a free will which we call the power of choice. The question that needs to be answered is, "Were angels also created with a free will?"

We know God tested man's free will. Why then place a tree of good and evil in the Garden? Why ask man not to eat or touch a certain tree? Imagine if man did not have a free will, we all would have been like images walking like zombies or robots. 

If God gave angels free will, we need to explain scripturally why did God do this. Is there any reference in the holy scriptures to help us know if or why Gid gave them free will? And what he expected them to do? We know why God gave "Man" a free will, and what he expected man to do. 

We also know that a number of angels were imprisoned because they sinned. Did they sin because they had a choice, or was it because of man who used them to sin?

We know God imprisoned the angels that sinned in Genesis 6th chapter, but what did he do to man? The Bible tells us besides Noah and his family, all were destroyed.

The whole bible is about man, his creation, his rebellion which caused his fall, his redemption and his eternal home. To venture about angels having a free will would not help us, the " MAN".

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Me2 Leon Davis Prophet
Yes they have free will

July 03 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Pam Johnson
Yes, otherwise their wouldn't be the devil and his angels (demons) and hell never would have been created. Do angels still have free will? Yes. Just as humans still have free will.

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Open uri20130701 15274 wm9cfa Joann Schlachter
I would say that since they are now confirmed in holiness, they more than likely cannot sin.

Even if they wanted to, it is an impossibility.

July 03 2013 1 response Vote Up Share Report


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