Christianity The Important Differences between Angels and Demons Have you ever wondered what the real differences were between angels and demons?
Learn the important differences here. Our culture is fascinated with angels and demons. There are many depictions of both groups not only in the Bible, but also in popular culture. As Christians, we believe in their existence, but how much do we really know about them or their differences? This also includes more specific categories including cherubim, seraphim and the archangel. A demon is a supernatural source or agent of evil.
Demons are evil, fallen angels who follow Satan instead of God. These fallen angels, along with Satan chose to rebel against God. Angelic beings were originally created to love God, whereas demons rejected God entirely. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. While angels and demons share the same powers, their behavior and mission are very different.
Another major difference is how angels and demons show up in human form. However, their objectives are very different. Angels appear in human form to show their empathy and love for us. Demons will enter the human body to take on the form of those they are attacking. Jesus encountered many demons during His earthly ministry. The Bible also tells us that demons were afraid of Jesus.
They recognized His power and shuddered in His presence. They will do everything in their power to prevent us from our own salvation.
Demons will try to distract us from the Word in an effort to separate us from God. Angels will point us closer to God, whereas demons will separate us from God through distraction. They do this by showing up in the form of false gods, so that we lose sight of the one true God.
False gods are described in the Bible as any god other than God. These false gods can show up in the form of money, work, relationships and power among other things. While we are surrounded by a host of angels and demons engaged in battles and victories, God uses his angels to accomplish his goal of protecting us from the enemy and his evil ways.
We are protected from the Evil One, and the forces of evil active around us in the world today. Thankfully, we are warned of these forces in the Bible. It is our responsibility to recognize them, and when we notice the presence of evil, respond accordingly. Lesli White is an Editor for Beliefnet.