Every Time a Bell Rings, blah, blah, blah . . .

08 Jun

That’s it.  It must be said, it just must.  I can’t sit idly by and read this bad theology any longer without raising an objection:

When people die they do not become angels.

There, I said it.  I feel better now.

Sadly, Ophelia did not share the same opinion in her words of comfort to Topsy.

“Get up, child,” said Miss Ophelia, in a softened voice; “don’t cry so.  Miss Eva is gone to heaven; she is an angel.”

I loved Evangeline, but friends, she did not earn her wings at her death.  No, instead she went to be with the Savior who was and is the Good News for which she was named.

So, why is this distinction so important?  Because Christ did not become an angel on Christmas morn, no, he became a human.  Angels are His messengers, and in spreading God’s word Eva did her part.  But Jesus is the God Man.  He is our brother, in human flesh, to redeem the fallen human nature that has enfleshed us since Eve’s first bite.  

“But I can’t see her!”  said Topsy.  “I never shall see her!”

This is where a right understanding would have been very helpful, because something even better than angelfying occurs to those who die in the Lord:

In the Resurrection Jesus will raise their bodies

and make them whole, and for the rest of eternity they will remain with him in perfect union.  And with your eyes, you shall see Him, Tospy.  You shall see Evangline, but more importantly you shall see The Evangline – The Good News.


Posted by on June 8, 2012 in Uncle Tom's Cabin


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8 responses to “Every Time a Bell Rings, blah, blah, blah . . .

  1. Adriana @ Classical Quest

    June 8, 2012 at 10:06 am

    It would have been interesting to have this discussion with HBS! It did surprise me that she put it that way. That seems to be a common assumption of those with little or no theological understanding whatsoever.

    • Christina Joy

      June 11, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      I know, it doesn’t seem like something she would believe, or even that she would construct as a belief for a very well-grounded Ophelia.

  2. Melissa

    June 8, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Most definitely!

  3. Sarah

    June 9, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Very interesting post. I’m a Seventh-day Adventist, so our understandings would doubtless differ, but it’s interesting to think about what such an utterly unbiblical doctrine meant to people. Actually, when I finally get around to posting on UTC, I’ll probably explore this angle a little too.

    • Christina Joy

      June 11, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      I look forward to reading your posts on this subject, and all of UTC, for that matter.

  4. michelle

    June 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    It never ceases to amaze me how many people believe the “angel thing”. Almost every Press story about a tragic death has an “angel watching over me” quote. It is so sad that so many of His saints don’t appreciate the special relationship we have with Him!

    • Christina Joy

      June 11, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      I know, I always wonder if people think about the things they’re saying, or if they just rely on a wealth of lame phrases they’ve heard in the past.


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