Where does the belief that humans become angels after death come from?

Who (which groups) have this belief? Is it an idea from other religions that has been incorporated into Christian beliefs? Has it happened to other religions as well?

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    That is a question for Christianity. What you have heard about comes from Emmanuel Swedenborg theories. Which is a subject for Christianity, because he was from the Christian confession. Even if part of his reasoning is applying for Jews. Basically we are referring here to Satan temptation to Jesus, where Satan is citing Bible, and Jesus reply by the Bible. Took with a certain gaze, it is possible to see Angels as human beings (short summary). But it is also possible to find the Bible clearly stating this is not the case. – Gibet Mar 1 '18 at 8:00
  • Many Christians belief this, but I'm not aware it being any official Christian doctrine. The Bible itself teaches that man is currently less than an angel but in the afterlife will be greater (e.g. Heb 2), so much so that: "Know ye not that we shall judge angels?" (1Cor 6:3). The one possible Biblical support is "For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven." (Mark 12:25), but that is only an analogy in response to a question about widows that remarry, indicating that in the afterlife we won't have spouses. – Ray Butterworth Jul 20 at 21:26

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