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Is it Biblical to Believe That Everyone Has Their Own Guardian Angel?

There is a strong belief in guardian angels; however, guardian angels are not biblical. The Bible never tells us that each person has their own guardian angel. God is the one who protects us — not angels.

Contributing Writer
Nov 09, 2021
Is it Biblical to Believe That Everyone Has Their Own Guardian Angel?

The concept of having your own guardian angel is extremely popular today. Popular TV shows, books, and music have featured the idea of guardian angels and have emphasized the concept that each person has their own guardian angel. But what does the Bible say about this? Does each person have their own guardian angel?

What Are Guardian Angels?

Growing up with the idea that you have your own guardian angel is extremely common. A reported 77% of American adults believe they have a guardian angel. From my own personal experience, I grew up with the idea that we each have our own personal guardian angel who looks after us and protects us.

My father even reported he saw my sister’s guardian angel in the reflection of her eyes when she was prematurely born at two pounds, two ounces. My father claimed the angel was beautifully adorned in white and had a blinding bright light around him.

Stories like these abound among Christians and nonbelievers across the globe. There is a strong belief in guardian angels; however, guardian angels are not biblical. The Bible never tells us that each person has their own guardian angel. God is the one who protects us — not angels (Psalm 91:1-16).

It is not healthy for believers to trust in angels for protection nor is it wise for believers to become obsessed with angels. If a person is trusting, relying upon, or praying to a “guardian angel,” they have made the idea of a guardian angel an idol in their life. The Lord is clear that we must not worship idols (Exodus 20:4; 1 John 5:21).

A fascination with angels and the worship of angels is not a new concept as we see this was already occurring in Paul’s lifetime.

In his letter to the Church of Colossae, Paul wrote, “Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind” (Colossians 2:18).

We also find the belief of guardian angels in the book, Shepherd of Hermas, which “teaches that each person has two angels, one good and one evil, and gives instruction on how to tell the difference.”

The concept of guardian angels is a belief that mankind has made up over time. The Bible does not present, inform, or suggest the idea of guardian angels.

What Does the Bible Say about Angels?

While there is no such thing as guardian angels, there are angels. God created angels before He created the world; however, angels are created beings. Angels are servants of God and obey Him (Psalm 103:20). God can send angels to protect us, but the angels themselves are only obeying God’s commands (Psalm 91:11).

All of the adoration, praise, and worship belong to God. No angel is as powerful, glorious, or mighty as God. The Bible tells us that angels worship the Lord and submit to His glorious presence (Hebrews 1:4-14).

This passage of Hebrews 1:4-14 also highlights the truth that Jesus is superior to the angels because He is God in the flesh. Angels worship the Lord, not the other way around. In the same way, we need to worship Jesus and not angels. The Bible tells us that angels do not accept worship (Revelation 19:10).

Revelation 22:8-9 records John’s experience with an angel in heaven, “I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, ‘Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!’”

Therefore, all praise, glory, and worship need to be directed to God. Angels did not create the world, the stars, the animals, and mankind. God created all things including the angels (Genesis 1-2) and He died in order for us to obtain salvation (John 3:16-17).

Many people try to use Jesus’ statement in Matthew 18:10 to argue for the existence of guardian angels, but this is an erroneous interpretation of Jesus’ words. Jesus states, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:10).

This verse does not tell us that we have guardian angels. What this verse does tell us is that angels serve mankind by protecting them at God’s command. The emphasis is placed on the angels always looking to the face of the Father in heaven — they are not on earth protecting a person whenever they choose.

The importance rests on the angel's obedience to the Father, not so much their actual role of protecting. Angels can protect believers, but it is always at the will of God. God knows all things, so He knows when a person is in need of help, deliverance, and safety.

The Lord does send angels to help us as Hebrews 1:14 states, “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” In this passage of Scripture, angels are referred to as “ministering spirits.” This is to emphasize the truth of angels being servants to God.

Angels are very important; however, they are not God. The Lord can send angels to protect us, but the ultimate protector is God Himself. The angels in heaven today are only good angels as all of the evil angels fell at the same time of Satan’s rebellion (Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:12-18).

Heaven is the home of all good angels, and their entire purpose is to serve, worship, and obey God. It gives them great joy to be servants of God. In addition to protecting believers at God’s command, angels also function as messengers of Yahweh (Luke 1:11-20), give God’s guidance to believers (Acts 8:26), and serve believers in accordance with God's will (1 Kings 19:5-7).

The only angels that we are given names of in the Bible are Michael (Daniel 10:13; Jude 1:9; Revelation 12:7) and Gabriel (Daniel 8:16; Luke 1:19, 26-38). We are never told that they are specifically assigned to a person as their guardian angel.

As in the case of Michael and Gabriel, they are both mentioned as talking to and helping different people — not just a single person. Each angel most likely has a name; however, it is plausible that their names are not given in order for mankind not to be tempted to worship them.

What Does This Mean?

God is the only One we should worship as He is the protector of our souls (Proverbs 18:10; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; 1 John 5:18). Many people find comfort in the idea of having their own guardian angel, but the concept of guardian angels is not biblical and should not be practiced by believers.

All Christians can take great comfort in knowing that God is their protector, and He will never leave them nor forsake them (Hebrews 13:5).

For further reading:

What Are All the Names of Angels in the Bible?

What Do Angels Look Like?

Are There Angels among Us Today? What Is Their Purpose?

Do We Become Angels When We Die?

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Vivian BrickerVivian Bricker loves Jesus, studying the Word of God, and helping others in their walk with Christ. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master's degree in Christian Ministry with a deep academic emphasis in theology. Her favorite things to do are spending time with her family and friends, reading, and spending time outside. When she is not writing, she is embarking on other adventures.

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