Character-izing the Angels for the Christian Video GameHere are a couple of questions we (my wife and I) asked ourselves when we were writing the angels:
- Are angels perfect?
- What is perfection in the celestial sense?
- Are the angels emotionally mature?
- Do they feel emotions as we understand them?
- What constitutes sin?
Some of those questions are pretty heavy. Some we can't do anything but speculate on. Here's what we came up (you're certainly free to disagree with us).
The angels who remained faithful to God during Lucifer's rebellion are perfect. They never sinned in the sense of rejecting God's authority. That doesn't mean, however, that they're emotionally mature. They have experienced very little in their lives up to the point when we meet them in the game. They've never known tragedy, disappointment, betrayal, or pain. They've lived in perfect harmony with the Godhead and each other since their creation. They might not know what to do or feel when things go wrong. They might not understand the new emotions brewing inside them. They're like children experiencing new things.
The angels are also unique creations with their own personalities, so each one would react differently.
MichaelMichael is discovering his talents for battle and being a defender of the faith. He can take that too far, though, and get caught up in the spirit of battle, forgetting the tragedy of the violence he is committing. His righteous anger and adrenaline crowds out his ability to feel compassion. But like His Lord will one day do, he self-sacrifices for others. He's also the best equipped to take a hit with a higher Life. He relates to God as King and feels that he must uphold his sovereign's honor. Do you feel offend when people insult your God? You might be a little like our version of Michael.
RaphaelRaphael shows up as a healer in the Book of Tobit (we're not getting into a question of whether the book should be considered Scripture here). He has a deep longing for peace and reconciliation. He is burdened by others' sin and wants to see them come to repentance. Do you have such a longing? Raphael exercises his passion by Healing and Encouraging his fellow party members. He feels closest to God when he thinks of Him as a Teacher.
Which angel is your favorite? What do you think is the best party configuration? Let us know in the Comments!