Do those who pass become angels?
DEAR CHAPLAIN>> My grandmother died and my aunts and uncles believe she’s a guardian angel protecting our family. If this is true do you think she ever allow us to see her? Signed, Missing our Angel
DEAR MISSING OUR ANGEL>> I’m sorry for your loss. Your grandmother must have been a very special person. There are many different religious beliefs concerning angels. As Christians, we look to the Bible as an authority on the subject. According to the Bible, heavenly angels are ministering spirits who serve God through: music, worship, delivering messages to his people, protecting his people, and carrying out his judgements. Their purpose is to serve God and to carry out his will, as assigned. Heavenly angels also help us to complete our mission here on earth. (“Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” Hebrews 1:14) Although it may be a comforting thought that earthly people turn into heavenly angels after they’ve passed on, but it’s just not biblical. The only way we can get into a heavenly realm is through faith in his Son Jesus Christ and belief in his death, burial, and resurrection for the forgiveness of our sins. Humans are special because we have something angels do not have, which is a testimony of how we were redeemed, having received another opportunity to dwell with the Lord eternally. I do not believe your grandmother is a guardian angel, but rather the wonderful person God originally created her to be. And though I don’t believe she has the
authority to allow you to see her again on Earth, I’m most sure she wants to see you again in heaven where she can be with you, forever.
DEAR CHAPLAIN>> I got into some legal trouble a few years ago and to this day I’m still paying for it. My problem is I let my emotions get the best of me especially when I’m angry. Every since my friend invited me to church about year ago it has really changed my life, but I‘m still struggling with anger and controlling my emotions when people aggravate me. How can I stay calm, especially when I’m angry? And please don’t say to pray. I’m not good at that and it doesn’t really work for me. Signed, Getting Better
DEAR GETTING BETTER>> Thank you for your question. Please know that you’re not alone trying to overcome personal struggles, we all have them, just in different areas of our lives. It’s a good thing to utilize healthy support systems such as a church. Perhaps they offer spiritual or Christian counseling for anger issues as well. I would also encourage you to memorize a few scriptures on temperance and self control, such as Proverbs 16:32; 21:23; and 29:11. The idea is to be proactive and not reactive. So, even before you become angry or emotional you’re already prepared to talk yourself down using scriptures. You may also want to try a self-care tool some counselors use called “H.A.L.T”. This is an acronym you can post to visually remind yourself to “H.A.L.T” or stop when you’re “hungry”, “angry”, “lonely” or “tired”, and not to make any major decisions. This is when we’re weakest and most susceptible to acting without thinking, allowing temporary feelings to cause us to make permanent decisions that could negatively impact our lives. After you “H.A.L.T”, step away from the person, situation or issue and take a pre established cooling off period to calm yourself and gain control over your emotions. Proverbs 25:28 says, “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls.” Know that as you mature in the things of God the more temperate, even keeled, patient, and forgiving you’ll become.
Ask the Chaplain is written by Rev. Dayna Spence, an ordained minister, licensed evangelist, and chaplain who’s served as a hospital chaplain and is currently serving as a hospice chaplain Chester County area. Please email “Ask the Chaplain” at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to, PO Box 1284, West Chester, PA 19380.
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