In various retail stores today, you will find many angel knickknacks. Angles are truly believed in by today's society. The retail ranges from books to clothing to toys. Most recently, over 200 books about angels are in book stores, and several million copies have been sold worldwide (Dumas 59). Why do people buy this merchandise if it can not be proven that angels are real?

Believing in angels is like believing in God. If you don't believe in God, just look around at the things around you and conclude how everything was created (Angel Wings). Do angels really exist? Everyone wants to know about everything around us.

Ift he person on the street is holding a sign saying 'will work for food'; was really an angel in disguise. Or the women that arrived just in time to save a runaway car full of three small children. Was she really an angel? In the bible in Hebrews 13: 2 it says 'Be not forgetful to entertain strangers for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. ' ; There are over 300 references in the bible about angels. For example, in the new testament angels announced the birth of Christ, in Luke 2: 8 angels told shepard's where to find the infant Jesus, also in Luke an angel went to a tomb of Christ to announce his resurrection (Auburn University 1).

Billy Graham wrote a very good perspective of angels in his book Angels: God " secret Agents. He stated: Lucas 2 ' I am convinced that these heavenly beings exist and that they provide unseen aid in our behalf. I do not believe in angles because someone has told me about a dramatic visitation from an angel, impressive as such testimonies may be. I do not believe in angles because UFO's are astonishingly angels-like in some of their reported appearances.

I do not believe in angels because some ESP experts are making the realm of the spirit world seem even more plausible. I do not believe in angels because of the sudden worldwide emphasis on the reality of Satan and demons. I do not believe in angles because I have never seen one- because I haven't. I believe in angels because the Bible says there are angels; and I believe the Bible to be the true Word of God (Hi lbb 2). ' ; In an essay by Linda Ray, she stated her belief about angels.

She wrote that she believes in angels because God's word, the Holy Bible, tells her they are real, giving many accounts of the activity in the lives of people on earth. Angles are servants of God, the yare sent to help us in the time of need, to protect us, and to inform us. She also says that angels are sent to us to answer our prayers, but it is God that hears and answers us. There have been many books published in recent years about angels and why people believe. Joan Wester Anderson is the author of Where Angels Walk. In it she stated that 'People were looking around and seeing what they considered to be a very dark time, a time when crime was rising, when we'd lost our hope, when we felt abandoned.

People were looking for some light, some hope. Then the stories of angels came along bringing love, light and reassurance, and people jumped onto that (Dumas 59). ' ; In the best-selling book Touched By Angels by Eileen Elias Freeman, Ellen agrees with Anderson. She also believes that, 'Our willingness to believe in the spiritual realm is part and parcel of our revulsion with materialism as an answer to all the world's problems. Lucas 3 The pendulum is swinging back from people wanting money and power to people seeking a spiritual way of life (Dumas 59). ' ; Angels pull people back from the edge, warn them of dangerous situations, comfort, enlighten, and guide those facing difficult times.

Andy Lakey, a 31 year old, faced a very hard time in his life and needed help. He was ringing in the new year by overdosing on cocaine. Suddenly feeling ill, Andy crawled into the shower hoping the water would revive him. He stated, 'For the first time since I was 8 years old, I prayed.

Told God 'If you let me live, I will never do drugs again. ' '; Immediately following the prayer, ' I saw seven angels whirling around my feet,' ; he said. 'Eventually they came together as one angel, it's arms wrapped around me. I fell to the bottom of the shower, but I was in another place.

' ; Andy was found by his friend, feeling totally free of drugs. After being sober for four years, Andy experienced another visitation by angels. When he was inspired to paint, but didn't know how. The angels said, 'We want you to paint 2,000 paintings by the year 2,000.

We will give you the knowledge. ' ; Andy's paintings became world famous (Lipton 78). Angels helped Andy when he was running on his last straw. He needed help at a time when no one could help him. Andy kept his promise to God and gave thanks for his help. If it weren't for the angel's visit in the shower that day, no one would have gotten to benefit from his paintings, or his life.

The Hebrew word for angels is mala " ak, it means the same as the Greek, meaning angels. In all languages angel means messenger. God knew that we would need those that He had created to protect us, to guide us, and to bring His words of strength and encouragement (School of Theology 1). In a Gallop Poll last year, it stated that 50 percent of the people tested believed in angels (New State man Society 58).

Lucas 4 An Internet source dedicated to answering questions about angels answered the following questions: What do I need angels for? Doesn't God have time and attention for all of us? The answer to the question was that many people see angels as God's servants who free Him of doing the important thing, which is love us. We don't need angles, we need God. When we have Him, the angels come in as a nice bonus. Another comment and question was, I can't understand why educated people believe all that nonsense about angels.

Won't we ever grow up in America? The response to this question was maybe the reason you can't believe is that angels are invisible, with the exception of those occasions when God sends them on a special mission or 'clothes'; them in human form. Yes, angles are very real. You may have seen one or come in contact with one sometime in your lifetime.

Many people believe in angles, and buy books and clothing to prove it. The reason for this upraise in belief in angels is because many people need help, and some people that need help have angels dressed as real people to help them (Auburn University 1). Angels are here to help us and to assist God. According to Lynne Dumas, believing in angels, miracles, and psychical powers does stretch the boundaries of reality. But, when you here stories, like Andy Lakey's,.