We often think of angels as heavenly versions of humans. They usually look like us, have gender (though not necessarily genitals), have a sweet, kindly, caring nature, and act in the best interests of human beings. In popular culture, they are used as the good genie, to represent doing the “right thing”. But what some us of either don’t know or forget is that this is not how angels are depicted in the Bible and other Judeo-Christian texts. That depiction came from European Medieval and Renaissance era artists as an artistic liberty designed to distinguish angels from other human figures, especially in paintings full of human figures. In traditional lore, angels are usually not shiny human-like beings, but are mostly eldritch in their appearance, and they often get weirder as you go up the orders. But most importantly, they are sexless, they usually don’t have free will, and serve God without question. In traditional Jewish lore, there is no such thing as an evil or rebel angel and even Satan works for God and carries out his orders. They are essential robotic supernatural beings, which is how I’ve always thought of them.

This leads me to think of the term angelization, which I thought I had come up with originally. As I imagine it, it means to convert a supernatural being into an angel, which would mean to transform a supernatural creature into a robotic, passionless, desireless creature with no free will. I even think this is an alternative story to Lucifer’s fall from heaven. In this version of events, Yahweh wanted to turn the demons into robotic angels, and Lucifer fought against it, thus the conflict between Yahweh and Lucifer begins. Since the Bible is written from Yahweh’s point of view, he would have you believe that Lucifer was an angel who stood against God and lost. The reality could be different, as Yahweh is not who he says he is.

The equivalent of angelization in human terms is like a kind of  spiritual lobotomy, the removal of free will, passion, desire, free thought, self, and even sex and gender if possible. Thus, becoming angelic is not an admirable or desirable outcome.


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