Halos and robes and wings are how most people think of angels, but these heavenly beings are actually a lot more complex than their popular image. How much do you know about angels' roles, ranks and responsibilities? Take our quiz to find out!
Question of 10
What was the name of the angel that came to visit the Virgin Mary, according to the Bible?
Only a few angels are mentioned by name in the Bible, although there are many more. Gabriel served as a messenger to several people, including Daniel, Zechariah and, of course, Mary.
What is an archangel?
an angel who has fallen from grace
an angel of the highest rank
An archangel is a sort of "chief angel," one who has authority over other angels.
an angel who is tasked with protecting holy relics
Which of the following is NOT an angelic ability, according to the Bible?
omnipresence (being everywhere at the same time)
Angels don't exist in all places at once; that is a power only God has. Instead, they are limited to one location at a time, and have to travel to deliver their important messages to humans. Angels also don't have the power to answer prayers and should not be prayed to; they simply do God's bidding.
protecting people from demons
carrying out tasks on God's behalf
Do people really have guardian angels, according to the Bible?
It's not clear.
The existence of so-called "guardian angels" is hotly debated in religious circles. Although the Bible indicates that angels are sent sometimes to protect specific people, it's not clear that everyone has a personal angel assigned to them at all times.
Do many religions have angels?
No, it's only in Christianity.
Yes, most religions do.
Angels are featured in many religions, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Zoroastrianism.
What is a fallen angel?
an angel who has tripped over a heavenly stone
an angel who has been cast out of heaven
Although the actual term doesn't appear in the literature for the main monotheistic religions (Christianity, Islam and Judaism), their holy books describe a fallen angel as one who has been cast out of heaven, usually for rebelling against God. These angels tempt humans to sin. Satan is identified as a fallen angel.
an angel who has become a human
Angels have been depicted in art for centuries. Which of these is a fairly recent addition to the depiction of angels?
Angels were traditionally not given specific gender attributes until the 19th century, since it was believed that angels were spiritual beings and therefore genderless. Later art might portray an angel as male or female (for instance with breasts.)
How many categories of angels are there, according to Christian tradition?
The nine types of angelic beings: seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominions, virtues, powers, principalities, archangels and angels.
Which group are the warrior angels?
Powers fight back against evil spirits that would cause chaos on heaven and Earth.
Which of these unusual guest stars appeared on the hit 1990s TV show "Touched by an Angel"?
Rosa Parks, mother of the civil rights movement
Muhammad Ali, champion boxer and activist
Sally Ride, first American woman in space
all of the above
All three guested on the show during its nine-year run, all appearing as themselves.