Theology
After Having To Open With 'Be Not Afraid' For The Hundredth Time, Angel Wonders If He Should Turn It Down A Notch

HEAVEN—The angel Gabriel has delivered God’s messages to people since the beginning of time, but he’s starting to wonder if he’s doing something wrong.

“So I just want to pop in and say, ‘Hey, here’s something God wanted you to know,’” Gabriel explained. “But I can never be that casual. Because always -- always -- people fall down trembling before me, so the first thing out of my mouth every single time is, ‘Be not afraid.’ Am I doing something wrong here?”

Gabriel theorized it could be for a number of reasons, perhaps the expression he has or the intense angelic glow that surrounds him. “Maybe I just have to turn it down a notch,” Gabriel said. “I mean, I need people to immediately know I’m an angel, but I don’t have to beat them over the head with it.”

Gabriel says his goal is that just once when he appears before a human, he’d like the person to, instead of being overtaken by fear, just give him a wave and say, “Oh, hi, angel.”

“Why are people afraid of angels, anyway?” he asked. “It’s not like we go around killing people... well, except that one guy.”

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