How Many Angels…?

How Many Angels…? December 3, 2019

We have all heard the smartass question from nonbelievers.

“How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?”

The smartass Christian response is “All of ‘em.”

Angels are supposedly supernatural beings, so their physical size is whatever they decide it is, apparently.

How many angels are there? And are they male or female or both?

The Bible isn’t clear on this. Angels are often depicted as female, but when they are given names, those names are all male. Could they be Trans?

The Bible also doesn’t make it clear how many there are. There are only two quotes that discuss their numbers:

“But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels . . . “ (NASB) Hebrews 12:22

“You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.” Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” (NASB) Rev. 5:10-12

Myriad is a Greek word that means ten thousand, so a single “myriad of myriads” would be ten thousand squared, or a hundred million, but the quote above says “myriads of myriads,” so that number must be multiplied by however many “myriads of myriads” there are. They must be really small if “all of ‘em” can dance on the head of a pin.

Souls are also supernatural entities that allegedly leave the body when it dies. How big is a soul and how much does it weigh? At least one individual has weighed in on this. A Massachusetts doctor named Duncan MacDougall actually tried to measure the weight of the soul in 1907. He put six terminally ill patients on specially constructed beds that had a scale built in. When they died, he observed an average weight loss of 21 grams. This got some Christian believers really excited until someone examined his methodology and determined that his results were actually inconsistent, and he used the data from only four of the six bodies. He may have been a fine doctor, but as a scientist, he was a klutz. Another problem is that it’s hard to pin down the exact instant of death when the soul supposedly leaves.

Regarding the size of the soul, some say it is the size of the body until death and then it shrinks to two-thirds of that. Of course, there is no scientific evidence backing up such assertions. They are even more laughable than Dr. MacDougall’s, but if true it would certainly mean that all those Christians who went up to Heaven when they died must be having a helluva time finding a place to sit at the feet of Jesus.

All supernatural things, including the Almighty, are products of human imagination, of course. There is zero evidence that any of them actually exist. That doesn’t mean they don’t exist, but it certainly justifies a reasonable person to conclude that their existence is highly unlikely.

 

 


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