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Old 16-09-2015, 06:52 PM   #16
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Lightbulb There Must Be An Angel

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A hierarchy of angels is a belief or tradition found in the angelology of different religions, which holds that there are different levels or ranks of angels.. Higher ranks may be asserted to have greater power or authority over lower ranks, and with different ranks having differences in appearance, such as varying numbers of wings or faces..Pseudo-Dionysius (On the Celestial Hierarchy) and Thomas Aquinas (Summa Theologica) drew on passages from the New Testament, specifically Ephesians 1:21 and Colossians 1:16, to develop a schema of THREE Hierarchies, Spheres or Triads of angels, with each Hierarchy containing THREE Orders or Choirs...There is no standard hierarchical organization in Islam that parallels the Christian division into different "choirs" or spheres, and the topic is not directly addressed in the Quran.. However, it is clear that there is a set order or hierarchy that exists between angels, defined by the assigned jobs and various tasks to which angels are commanded by God.. Some scholars suggest that Islamic angels can be grouped into 14 categories, with some of the higher orders being considered archangels..There is also an informal Zoroastrian angelic hierarchy, with specific angelic beings called yazatas having key positions in the day-name dedications on the Zoroastrian calendar...

Orthodox icon of nine orders of angels...

The idea of se7en heavens was originated in ancient Mesopotamia.. It was probably a symbolic concept. In Sumerian language, the words for heaven (or sky) and earth are An and Ki.. Sumerian incantations of the late second millennium BCE make references to se7en heavens and se7en earths.. One such incantation is: "an-imin-bi ki-imin-bi" (the heavens are se7en, the earths are se7en.)..The notion of se7en heavens may have been derived from the "magical" properties of the number seven, like the se7en demons or the se7en thrones.. The number se7en appears frequently in Babylonian magical rituals..The se7en Jewish and the se7en Islamic heavens may have had their origin in Babylonian astronomy..In general, heaven is not a place for humans in Mesopotamian religion.. As Gilgamesh says to his friend Enkidu, in the Epic of Gilgamesh: "Who can go up to heaven, my friend?. Only the gods dwell with Shamash forever".. Along with the idea of seven heavens, the idea of THREE heavens was also common in ancient Mesopotamia...According to some Puranas, the Brahmanda is divided into 14 worlds..According to Jain cosmology, there are se7en levels of Naraka or hell.. These are further divided into 8,400,000 other hellish locations... whips her lightly, sardonically, with belt..Haven't I been through enough?.she asks..Now dressed and leaving..The Spanish girl begins to bleed..She says her period it's Catholic heaven...
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