|By: Dr. John Ankerberg and Dr.John Weldon; ©2012|
|Several books on angels portray Satan as the good guy. Here is a warped sense of values, which does not make the resulting ethical views surprising.|
Several books on angels portray Satan as the good guy. Here is a warped sense of values, which does not make the resulting ethical views surprising. For example, “Satancomes from a Hebrew word meaning ‘adversary’—and [New Age] teachers may well assume that role to jog the student’s memory. And Lucifer comes from a Latin word signifying a light bearer, which certainly represents the illuminating power of a master tutor.” Thus, “The Angel of Materiality and Temptation [i.e., “the Devil”] works with us.... It is the energy that enables us to say with understanding, ‘I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me’.” Another book teaches that “Lucifer was really doing God’s work....” Elsewhere, we are encouraged to welcome the Angel of Death:
To the average person the Angel of Death is most feared, but to the aspirants, disciples, and initiates he is “the one who is welcomed as the sunrise.” Make contact now and ask him to assist you in preparing for the final step of release and acceptance.... Remember there is no such thing as death, only a change of energy.... In Truth that which we call death is but an entrance into a more glorious life of joy, fulfillment, peace, and freedom....”
“Angel” morality is consistent with that found in the occult in general, a self-generated morality achieved through “higher” consciousness which allows one to justify any kind of lifestyle. The popular “angels” endorse illicit sex (e.g., homosexuality, lesbianism, adultery), abortion, divorce, and virtually any moral lapse one might think of. The popular “Emmanuel” books illustrate this. Some angels endorse these behaviors in the name of a “proper” understanding of certain spiritual truths: that one must move beyond good and evil to comprehend the underlying unity of creation or that God encompasses both good and evil within His own being. We see, then, that confusion about the nature of the devil leads to confusion about God’s nature.
Obviously, if “higher” consciousness lies beyond good and evil, and if God Himself encompasses both, then it’s not possible to say with certainty what is right or wrong ethically. In the end, plain old selfishness, hedonism, and sensuality win: “Morality... involves making choices that are best for you….” And, “Most of all, the angels want to encourage you to have fun, be wild, laugh, frolic, play, be courageous, and create spontaneity.... The angels are attracted to free spirits who aren’t afraid of being themselves, even if the bulk of society can’t seem to understand them…. Personal freedom gives us the chance to be who we really want to be.... Change your mind whenever you please.... Make an ass out of yourself once in a while…. our imperfections makes us interesting.... it is okay to make mistakes or to be ‘wrong’.... Know you deserve the best the angels have to offer.”
We are also told to abandon our preexisting religious beliefs and the rules that come with them because they are far too restricting. “We need to let go of our strict beliefs and accept new information without fear.” “Creating your own religion is a good way to free your spirit and ‘know God on your own terms.’... One of the guiding impulses of the archangel Michael is free thinking.” Even deliberately practiced evil in some cases is recommended as a means to spiritual “enlightenment.”
In other words, if these evil angels are actually messengers from God, the righteous character of God Himself is subverted. Thus, the implications for all of us are hardly insignificant.