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Do Angles Have Wings?

Why do angels have wings, or do they really?

"So they can watch over us and to be our garden angels," says Lauren, age 9.

If I planted a garden, I would need angelic protection. I could be dangerous with a hoe. I'm glad "guardian" angels are always on duty.

There's a practical personal reason for angelic wings, says Vicki, 10: "So they can use them as blankets when they are cold."

It's not temperature; it's gravity, says Britni, 10: "God put wings on angels so they can stay in heaven and not fall on the ground." Angels must stay airborne, adds Lauren, 11, "so they can fly on top of you and watch over you without having to sit on you."

I'm glad I don't have to worry about where an angel might decide to sit.

Actually, it's not temperature or gravity. Speed is why angels need wings, "so they can be guardians for us even when we are in cars and on roller coasters!" says Hillary, 11.

Everyone's wrong, says Adrienne, 8: "I don't think angels have wings. I think people just made wings on model angels just for a decoration."

Andrienne says that angels don't have wings. She must be wrong because most gift shops have little angel images for sale, and they always have wings. Everyone has seen Christmas plays where the winged angel announces to the shepherds in the field that Jesus is born.

Even though our tradition says that angels have wings, we must look in the Bible to see if it is correct. A simple Bible search of the words "wings" and "angels" reveals that the two do not appear in the same verse.

In the Old Testament, angels are often mistaken for men as in our passage of the two angels who led Lot and his family to safety. In verse one of our story, it says two "angels" came to Sodom. But in verse 12 it says the two "men" spoke to Lot. If all angels have wings, why were the two angels called men? It's because they looked like men.

God gave us the Bible so that we could know truth. Often, religious tradition differs from what the Bible teaches. Andrienne's idea that someone put wings on a model is probably not far from the truth.

The Bible tells us about special creatures that have wings. The prophet Isaiah saw seraphim above God's throne. Seraphim have six wings. "They used two wings to cover their faces. They used two wings to cover their feet. And they used two wings for flying" (Isaiah 6:2).

Other winged creatures called cherubim guarded the tree of life in the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve sinned (Genesis 3:24). Cherubim are very important. The Bible tells us that the Lord dwells between the cherubim in heaven (Psalm 99:1 & Isaiah 37:16). And they have two wings (I Kings 8:7). The next time you see a figure with two wings in a gift shop, you can announce to all the customers that it is really a cherub! Before making the announcement, you might want to ask your mom if it is a good idea.

The Bible translation used above does not mention wings in I Kings 8:7. It translates cherubim in Psalm 99:1 and Isaiah 37:16, and it translates cherubim as angels in Genesis 3:24.

Some angels in the Bible came to bring people good news. Others warned them that something was going to happen. Angels came to Lot to warn him and his family to leave the city of Sodom because God was going to destroy it.

Think About This: The Bible contains many warnings that can save us from harm.

Memorize This Truth: "A person who refuses correction hates himself. But a person who accepts correction gains understanding" (Proverbs 15:32).

Ask These Questions: Are you willing to obey Bible warnings? Why does God give us warnings?

Carey Kinsolving is a syndicated columnist, producer, author, speaker and website developer. To see Carey's Kid TV Interviews and more, visit http://www.KidsTalkAboutGod.org/ The Kids Talk About God website contains free, online content for children and families. Print free lessons from the "Kids Color Me Bible" and make your own book. Watch for free the adventures of an 11-year-old girl traveling around the world visiting missionaries in the Mission Explorers Streaming Video. Print Bible pictures drawn by kids that illustrate Scripture verses. Receive a complimentary, weekly e-mail subscription to our Devotional Bible Lessons. Bible quotations in this column are from the International Children's Bible.

Copyright 2006 Carey Kinsolving

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