23 with all that the fact remains angels are

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23With allthat the fact remains, angels are creatures who occupy a place somewhere between heaven and earth, between God and humanity and exist to serve both. This is where the idea of possible worlds comes into play. David Lewis, developed what he calls, Counterpart Theory', if we suppose that the existence of anything is dependent on God's knowing it, rather than that God's knowing it is dependent on its existence then the claim that what is possible in this world is actual in a parallel world presupposes the absolute priority of God's knowing.24Although confusing the theory is possible. “The confusion in question is between ‘this world' which is'actual' in the temporal order, and ‘that world' which is actual in the eternal order, and it arises because both worlds are the objects of God's actualizing knowledge.”25Angels stand between knowing and unknowing, a place where the ‘unknowable waits at the limits of the knowable’26According to Barth angels have no personality of their own, they exist solely to serveGod, they have no independence and cannot act autonomously.27Barth asserts that this absolute dependent existence is not a fault or a failing in the angels’ means of existence. Barth outlined what might be termed the ‘perfective nichts’ of being: “God is not a creature is not a fault in his being, but part of his very perfection. Similarly, there are characteristics that the creature does 22 Ibid., 823 Ibid., 824Ian Davie . 1995. Awareness of angels. New Blackfriars 76 (898): 48625 Ibid., 28726 Lindsay., 8 27 Ibid., 87
not have, the absence of which is a perfection of creaturely being and not a deficiency.”28Angelicdependency is not a hardship, but a characteristic that is inherent to their precise creaturely perfection appropriate to their very dignity. Authentic Christian faith is a faith which is not content with ignorance, according to Barth.There can be no question of a blind acknowledgement and acceptance of something perceptible in the Bible. We do not honor the authority of Scripture with due bedience, indeed, we are not dealing with its authority at all, if on its authority we try to hold a biblical doctrine of angels without taking the trouble to ask what it is that we really hold and how far we do so. 29How do we handle the fact that there is more in legend on angels than in the Bible? Barth, states angelology can 'be grasped only by divinatory imagination, and find expression only in the freer observation and speech of poetry'.30Luke 10:27 tells us to love God with all ourminds, this means we are to use our reasoning powers along with our imaginations. Barth believes, ‘there is a place for a sanctified use of imagination in angelology. But such a use of theimagination must be disciplined’.

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