Angel or Demon? How to Know the Difference


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As Christians, we know demons and angels are real. The difference between them seems obvious, one is good one is bad. However, they are both created by the same God and originated as spiritual or celestial beings, so they must also share some similarities as well. This video published below is a in depth, interesting, look at the difference between the two.

A Different Name

The word demon and angel both root meanings in Hebrew and Greek. The word angel means messenger and demon means evil spirit. Therefore, one difference between the two is evident within even their names. One has a purpose of good, or at least could be considered good in being God’s messenger, while the other is purely evil. The video delves deep into the differences between these, beginning with their origins.


Different Origins

  • Origin of Angels: Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The “heavens” here implies the creation of all heavenly beings as well, which would include angels. Paul also references God’s “many ranks of angels.”
  • Origin of Demons: Jude 1:6-7, says, “And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these He has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great day. The video implies this verse is talking about when angels sinned and thus fell from their heavenly status, making themselves what we would refer to today as a demon.

Demons Can Mimic Angels

The Bible mentions demons being able to mimic angels or beings of light. This makes since as the devil himself is well versed in the art of deception, so any being following his lead would also be deceptive. Watch the video in its entirety to learn more about the differences between angels and demons.