Food, sex, wealth, these are the things of the devil? So why do all our righteous leaders have them?
There are some accounts of human apotheosis, a sort of reincarnation. Humans ascending to service in the order of angels.
This is likely the origin of more than a few angels. Ezra was a human judge in life, and it was said that he passed from the world without the taint of death, becoming then one of the sons of god. Ezra-el, also known as Azrael, the angel of death, and Ezra as Azrael was considered to be the deliverer of punishment and even death for transgressions against the will of god.
I wonder if “Better Than Ezra” knew they named themselves after death. Some artists research that stuff pretty well. It would make their group name “Better Than Death.”
There is even an obscure doctrine, though it’s easy to find evidence of it in all faiths from this source. The punishment of the grave is not clearly spelled out in any sacred text but traditionally held. The metaphysics of it is this. That there are four stages of human existence, the womb, life, the grave, the afterlife.
In this example, those visited by god’s wrath who suffer premature death, experience the third stage of being not as restful but as torment, deprivation, and in tradition, though humans generally cannot perceive the punishment of the grave, animals can.
Each stage with transitional “ways” into and out of . . . ? Yes. This is why there are so many of what we might consider strange funerary rights today, even praying for the dead. The Catholics even formalized the concept in an obtuse sort of way in describing the purgatory state.
Even asking the dead to pray for you! Exactly, and the prayers of the dead would work just as well as those of the living. Purgatory sounds punitive to most people’s view, but in essence it’s little more than a dramatization of the struggles of life itself, life stress writ large.
The Christian Satan is a dark angel himself? Yes, even following a comparable path to that of Ezra, the death and ascension of Dyonisus.
So people who don’t go into purgatory, how is their experience? Akin to sleep and dreaming, but more blissful for being able to hear angelic song.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.