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Are Angels Necessary? If God is all-powerful, why angels?

Is it okay to ask God to send an angel to help us, or should we ask God to help us directly?

Is God offended when we ask him to send an angel?

Do Catholic and Protestants both believe the same about angels?

Why would we need angels if there is God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit? Provide scriptures as evidence.

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1. Is it okay to ask God to send an angel to help us, or should we ask God to help us directly? Is God offended when we ask him to send an angel?

You ask some good questions. Although Protestants and Catholics agree on most things about angels, they do differ on this question about praying to angels.

Protestant theologians point out that in the entire Bible, no one is ever told to pray to an angel, and there are no instructions on how to pray to one. In Matthew 6, however, Jesus instructs Christians to pray to God and even how to pray to him. Hence, most Protestants do not pray to angels, but only pray directly to God. A key text is 1 Timothy 2:5, "For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus..."

Catholic doctrine holds that it is necessary to pray to God, but it is also helpful to pray to saints (not just those who have been canonized by the Church, but any Christian who has died). James Cardinal Gibbons in his book Faith of Our Fathers explained,

We can ask any person in heaven to join us in prayer. This includes our relatives who have gone before us. We do not pray to the saints in the sense that they have any power of their own. We ask them to pray with us to God, just as I can ask you to pray with me to God. ...However, we do not think it is necessary or essential to pray to saints. Our one mediator is Jesus who is the bridge between us and God. ...

Solution Summary

By responding to the questions related in Angels, it discusses dimensions and questions regarding the need for angels given the fact that God is all-powerful and the fact that we have God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit to work for us already. It also discusses if God is offended if we ask for angels help. Finally, two perspectives on angels (Roman Cathodic versus Protestant) are compared. Provides scriptural support.

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