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As I understand things, one of the gripes Satan and his followers had was that God gave humankind free will where they had none and were created solely to worship Him. Yet, Satan and - if accounts are to be believed - 1/3 of the angels in heaven somehow managed to choose to rebel. So, my question - did the angels have free will (in which case, what was their complaint?) or did God will for them to rebel (in which case - for what possible reason would He do that)?
At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. mathew 22:30
1 And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto 2 them beautiful and comely daughters. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: 'Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men 3 and beget us children.' And Semjaza, who was their leader, said unto them: 'I fear ye will not 4 indeed agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin.' And they all answered him and said: 'Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations 5 not to abandon this plan but to do this thing.' Then sware they all together and bound themselves 6 by mutual imprecations upon it. And they were in all two hundred; who descended in the days of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon, and they called it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn 7 and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it.
6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. vs. 6
1 And all the others together with them took unto themselves wives, and each chose for himself one, and they began to go in unto them and to defile themselves with them, and they taught them charms 2 and enchantments, and the cutting of roots, and made them acquainted with plants. And they 3 became pregnant, and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells: Who consumed 4 all the acquisitions of men. And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against 5 them and devoured mankind. And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and 6 fish, and to devour one another's flesh, and drink the blood. Then the earth laid accusation against the lawless ones.
How can angels(Djinns) have free will to a creator that has preordained everything to ever happen? Serious open question to anybody in the thread..
was reading this and was thinking, what makes angels and humans different? because there is a scripture that says angels do not have sex, spoken by jesus: At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. mathew 22:30 so if an angel were to want to have sex, they would not be able to do it with another angel? so to be an angel means a life of celibacy, unless they leave their state as an angel and mate with a already mortal creature. in the book of enoch the main reason for the watchers leaving heaven and permanently turning to human form was to mate with human females.
What I am curious,is what would be the main differences between a human in heaven, and an angel. No way of knowing haha but I mean to find out.
After doing some checking into this, I found the following idea (I'll just put it out there that I'm approaching this from the Christian tradition - anyone who wants to add other theologies, please do so) - that the angels had free will and chose to rebel. So, let me get this straight: 1). God creates everything perfect 2). The fallen angels had high intelligence (I am guessing here that God didn't surround Himself with clucks) 3). The fallen angels had intimate knowledge of God (they didn't just infer His existence the way people do) 4). They knew rebellion would be futile. This leads me to conclude that they were insane. Yet that would go against premise 1. If they weren't insane, what would the explanation be then, other than God willed it.