Time for something a bit more fantastical (and possibly a bit more heretical).
I was thinking one night about the appeal of magic. The Bible speaks against it because such power is offered by the devil in order to capture a person’s soul and keep it from God. Our free will allows us to fall into this trap, and once we’re in it, it’s nearly impossible to get out. We’ve literally sold our soul to the devil in exchange for power.
But that’s not the magic that appeals to me. There’s healing magic, earthen (“white”) magic, which has no power-hungry element, but is merely about using the earth to enhance our connection to it and to one another. I do not think God sees this as evil.
So, I thought, perhaps we originally had inherent magical ability that is now blocked by sin.
Taking Isaiah, Revelation, and John Milton’s fictionalized fall of Lucifer (Paradise Lost) into account, Christians recognize that Satan was threatened by our creation. But why would God loving us more really matter to an angel? Angels have little to no free will, so jealousy shouldn’t come into play. (That is, unless God diminished their free will after Lucifer’s rebellion. But that’s another post for another day.) However, our creation changed the purpose of their existence from one of service to God to one of service to Humanity on behalf of God. Satan, using the little free will allowed to him, refused to change. Therefore, the first perversion of love was jealousy.
But I digress.
Why do angels need to serve us? Why does the Bible tell us that man will be higher than the angels in the New Kingdom (1 Corinthians 6:3 says we will judge them; this must mean they do have some free will, otherwise there would be nothing to judge them for), and that we are only “a little lower” than them now (Hebrews 2:7), despite our sin nature?
Perhaps the reason angels must serve us is we are meant to be more powerful than they are. We are God-children, “dei-ites” (not demi-gods—we are not gods, but a different, special, race created by Him to be called His children, unlike angels who are essence-extensions, not fully in His image), created to create even more universes by His guidance. But we lost that ability when we fell for Satan’s temptation of lies.
Eve and Adam thought they weren’t powerful enough, that their Father was holding back their powers. Then sin removed them completely.
Notice that before sin, humans could be nude without being vulnerable to pain (e.g., mosquito bites, cutting their feet on stones). They interacted with the animals without fear or violence from either side. I might as well theorize that they could communicate.
Anger, violence, and fear are outcomes from sin and are retardations to the deiite* mind. We can only use magic with love, peace, and obedience to the light. True, creation magic – from God – is sourced in love (loyalty and gentleness).
Satan offers magic, but it’s not real. They’re illusory curses meant to manipulate and corrupt.
We no longer have access to creation magic because of our fallenness, and we won’t regain it until the New Kingdom. So “higher-self attainment,” while a noble endeavor, is not possible in this life, although some come close (see Dalai Lama, certain saints). We only have small bursts of creation magic seen in healing and art, especially music, which God provides as hope.
Do with this theory what you will. I have absolutely no theological or scientific evidence for it. It’s just a personal idea that I decided to cultivate and share.
Our position relative to angels:
*I created the term “deiite” to differentiate from “demi-god,” in order to maintain that we are “children” of God, but not gods or half-gods. I wanted a term related to “deism,” “deity,” and “dei” (“of God”) and implied an offshoot, but not literal re-production.
God bless with mother earth’s bliss.
(Art: St. Francis of Assisi, artist unknown)