Here’s What We Know About Angelic Free Will and Redemption

Here’s What We Know About Angelic Free Will and Redemption

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Greg Koukl and Amy Hall answer questions about angels on an episode of #STRask.

If God is so loving and Heaven so great, how is it possible that so many angels fell from Heaven to follow Satan? Also, could a fallen angel repent? Can they still fall today, or has their free will been voided? Are more angels being created by God?

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6 thoughts on “Here’s What We Know About Angelic Free Will and Redemption

  1. katiesonlinename

    Greg, as you were talking, I got an image in my head. What do you think of this picture? Satan was the Adam for the angels. He was given the same opportunity to choose as Adam was. When he fell it caused sin in the angels. Then, like humans, they were all capable of choosing for or against God. The ones that chose against God were cast out with Satan. The ones that chose God we're given eternal life in heaven living in a state of being that we will come to live in, once we get there, as well. Would that work as a plausible theory?

    January 8, 2022 at 8:26 am Reply
  2. Sarah Pfeuffer

    Thanks for your insight and thoughts on this. Very interesting.

    Could it be that a problem for Adam and Eve's original sin was that they were tempted. So in heaven perhaps the temptation is gone. Somehow the angels had the temptation to follow their own way above God's but perhaps that is something we as humans won't have?

    January 8, 2022 at 8:26 am Reply
  3. cheesypeanuts

    It doesn't say that a 3rd of the angels fell. sorry but it just doesn't say that anywhere, that is wrong from the very first second of this video

    January 8, 2022 at 8:26 am Reply
  4. Rock and Sand Apologetics

    While it is true there is little said about angels, particularly if there's a plan for there salvation or not (Scripture doesn't seem to bear this out) and what relationship they have with us. For this last point i would have you focus on Mark 12:24-25 when Jesus, answering the Sadducees says, “Do you not err, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? When they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven." Here Jesus is speaking of the righteous, who when they are resurrected from the dead "will be like angels in heaven." This brings up another point, It would seem that the unrighteous person when they are raise to judgment will be like the fallen angels. I'm sorry, but I do not believe that God picks who goes to Heaven and who goes to Hell before we are even born. He may know who is who, but foreknowledge is a different thing than predestination. On this earth we are, each of us, given a certain amount of time to respond to His grace, and as I said, His knowledge of our choice is not picking us based on His foreknowledge. As it says, "For God so loved the WORLD that He gave His One and Only Son that whoever should believe in Him should have eternal life." (John 3:16) Even in opposition to His own foreknowledge God is trying to save ALL, and that is an amazing thing. At the end of our life here we will have forever fixed our eternity. This is why God is trying so hard to reach us before this point. Those of us who receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we will go to live with Him and we will be like the angels of Heaven as Jesus stated in Mark 12:25. If a person continues to refuse the grace and mercy of God, at the end of their earthly lives we are told these too shall be risen to judgment. There, in the Great Throne Judgment of God, there will be the eternal Holy and righteous Judge, there will be that lost soul who may have argued that God didn't exist, and Satan will be there as the Prosecuting Attorney. They will stand without a Defense Attorney because they rejected Jesus long ago. After the books are open and their lives are revealed for what they are, they will spend their eternity in the pits of hell, because that is what they have chosen. In that sense, they shall be as the fallen angels cast into the Lake of Fire.

    January 8, 2022 at 8:26 am Reply
  5. Andrew Kuntzman

    If they could do it before in a perfect situation why can’t we fall again? I don’t think it’s possible to sin when we get to heaven but how do we put an argument together for that

    January 8, 2022 at 8:26 am Reply
  6. pistol3333

    Here is my understanding. I can't remember where I picked all this stuff up. Maybe bits and pieces from books or interviews about exorcism. Angels are infused with knowledge. They don't learn like humans. When an angel decides to reject God, they do so with all the info they need to make the decision, and the knowledge that their decision is irreversible. They are not going to receive information later that will make them change their mind and repent. One theory I recall hearing about why the angels rejected God, is that they knew Jesus was going to take on human form. Some angels resented humans because they perceived them as inferior beings, and could not understand why God loved them so much, or would lower Himself to take on human form. This may explain why demons are obsessed with tormenting humans, and trying to separate them from God.

    January 8, 2022 at 8:26 am Reply

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