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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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  • 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. Jul 20 '20 at 21:26
  • @Gibet While clearly influenced by Christianity, this belief is clearly not part of the Christian religion itself but more of a folk tradition assosicated with cultures exposed to Christianity. So it fits here on our site.
    – Semaphore
    Oct 20 '20 at 21:01

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