The Facts on Angels (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 5-6
Preface: Angels, Angels, Everywhere
Why is it important that we know about angels? Angels constitute one of the most intriguing subjects one could ever study. Leading philosopher Mortimer J. Adler editor of the Encyclopedia Britannica and architect of The Great Books of the Western World series, recently stated that angels were more fascinating than either science fiction or the concept of extraterrestrial beings.*
First, angels inherently remind people of God, and of their responsibility to Him. Second, the very subject of a spiritual race of beings naturally brings to mind the deepest personal questions people have asked throughout history. If angels exist, then we are not the only form of life in the universe, and we certainly didn’t evolve naturalistically from primordial interstellar gases.* If angels exist, a spiritual universe must exist, which naturally carries us back to the profound question of God as Creator and such related questions as Who am I? Where did I come from? What is the purpose of my life? Where am I going when l die?
A final reason why angels should not be ignored is that not all angels are good, and people need to know this today more than ever before. In fact, the Bible suggests the number of evil angels is very large (Matthew 12:26; Revelation 12:3,4,7-9)—one out of every three may actually be malicious (Revelation 12:4). The Bible tells us there were rebellious angels in heaven. They chose to follow Satan and were cast from heaven with him (Luke 10:18). In the future, they will again wage “war in heaven” against the good angels. But once again, “they will not be strong enough” and “Satan… [will be] thrown down to the earth, and his angels… with him” (Revelation 12:7-9).
*For full documentation, please see The Facts on Angels.