|Q: The neighborhood kids love the show but I was wondering what is your denomination because you believe angels watch over the kids. Some kids fall and get hurt or worse so I am not sure God means that they will be protected every time they get in trouble. What do you teach?
|A: Dear Daniel,
|Thanks so much for watching. Your question is a very good one.
We are a part of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination. In short, we believe that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God,”
(2 Timothy 3:16), and therefore try to model our lives and teachings according to the Bible.
Concerning the Bible teaching about angels, in Matthew 18:10, speaking of the children (but not limited to them), Jesus said “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.” This was a way of saying that these guardian angels had direct access to the throne of God in heaven. In the Psalms, the Bible says “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.” (Psalm 91:11-12). Hebrews 1:14 says of the angels, “Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?”
The Bible teaches that angels minister to the needs of humanity and are constantly at work to protect mankind from the attacks of the devil and his angels. This is not to say that nobody will ever get hurt or even die, but that God is still working in and through all circumstances. Nowhere does the Bible promise that the followers of God will be kept from all harm. In fact, the Bible teaches that many of the lessons we must learn, we learn through suffering. Jesus Himself suffered, and was permitted to suffer for His good and ours (see Hebrews 5:7-9). But we also know that God has sent His angels on many occasions to save His people (Angels rescued Lot from the city of Sodom before its destruction; Angels shielded Elisha from the attack of the Syrian army at Dothan; An angel was sent to deliver Daniel from the mouth of the lions; Angels worked to save Jesus from those who were trying to kill Him before His time; An angel delivered Peter from jail, etc.). Many times God may save us from death but not from harm. For example, there are people who have been seriously injured in accidents that could have been killed, but God spared their lives and allowed the injuries to serve as a means of strengthening their faith.
Furthermore, angels of God cannot offer the same protection to those who do not serve God and continually place themselves in dangerous situations, neither will He shield people from all the consequences of wrong choices and actions. When Satan tempted Jesus, he quoted Psalm 91 about the angels’ protection, urging Jesus to throw Himself from the top of the temple and saying the angels would protect Him. Jesus answered “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test” (Matthew. 4:7).
It is clear, however, that God has promised to send His angels to protect us, and we can and should pray for the protection of His angels in our lives. He has promised in the Psalms that “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.” (Psalm 34:7).
Thanks for writing, and remember, there's never been a better time to share Jesus!
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