GOD MADE ALL PEOPLE AS BEAUTIFUL. SO WHO MADE YOU?
This week, I found myself binge watching on heavenly or hellish realms.
Religions all around the world have adopted different beliefs about the underworld or the place we all go to after we have lived our lives in this harsh reality we believe to be the “current” life.
It’s so fitting that I write about what I’ve learned during the past week about the heavenly realms, the beings that resides on each ends, the stories, and myths. Let’s all get mystified.
Disclaimer: the information you will read here are restated as how they were presented. What I’ve learned this week is purely educational and this post is not to malign any belief or religion.
The word Satan was at first not synonymous evil or the devil.
Looking back at the roots of the religions Catholicism, Judaism, Orthodoxy, Islam, etc., the word Satan equates to a God’s loyal servant who had to do the dirty work. He does not have power that opposes God’s but rather he does what He orders. The angel wasn’t evil or demonic.
After thousands of years of foreign culture influences of where God and Satan came from, Satan’s name ranged from Lucifer, Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, and more and has become the Prince of Darkness where his terrors and evil deeds are pronounced with fear and amazement at the same time.
It’s quite a big jump from his initial role where he only accuses or determines a person’s faith to God and tests it through trials. The once loyal angel in heaven jumped right into the fiery depths of Hell.
Various religions and philosophers have varied beliefs with regards to “what comes after this?”
Throughout the history of human kind, different views on death has developed from simply disappearing to the soul needing to complete a few requirements in purgatory before the consulate approves your passage to heaven or deny it.
Ancient Egyptians believed that when you die, you face judgment by weighing your heart to a piece of feather on a weighing scale. If you’ve done good during your time on Earth, your heart would weigh like a feather and you’re good to go. If not, then you get eaten by a demon.
Socrates believed that death may come in two possibilities: a dreamless sleep or a passage to another life where all the dead people are going whether they’ve been evil or have been really nice.
He argued that death is nothing to fear because both possibilities do not present a specific kind of fear like how other religions would suggest. He also argued that there is no way we would ever know if there was an afterlife because no one have access to the spirit world (unless you’re the Avatar).
So whether or not your religion suggests you to be good here on Earth, the afterlife is a possibility and only after death can we know if it exists or not.
Angels have been part of the Abrahamic religions since their conception. Angels are God’s loyal servants and primarily serve as his messengers to the human kind. They were created by God first just like how Illuvatar made the Valars first to guide the first beings, the Elves, in JJR Tolkien’s world.
Popularly, angels act as guardians to each person on Earth, and guide us away from harm.
During the early stages of Christianity, a monk tried to categorize or organize angels in Heaven as a reflection of what the church is on Earth: hierarchical.
These hierarchy had to do with the angel’s ‘role’ in Heaven. If the angel is said to praise God in all his glory and greatness and are closest to God, the angel is said to be a Seraphim. When an angel’s role is to send God’s message of good news or destruction an angel is called an Archangel.
Many theologians do not accept the concept of angelic orders in Heaven but it’s quite an interesting topic to discuss and perhaps turn into an anime series or manga.