Can angels die?

by Matt Slick

Angels cannot die according to the Bible.

Luke 20:36, "for neither can they die anymore, for they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection."

We can see that angels do not die, at least not in the biological sense. Death can be understood as the cessation of breath, of a heartbeat, and of movement. But it can also be described a separation from God. Isaiah 59:2, says that our sins have caused a separation between us and God. Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death. Also, when we look back to Genesis 2:17, we see that God promised Adam that the day he ate of the fruit, he would die. When Adam ate that fruit, he did die--only not biologically. He died in the sense that he was separated from God. One of the manifestations of the separation from God occurred when Adam and Eve hid themselves from the presence of God. So, angels cannot die biologically. However, the fallen angels can, so to speak, "die" regarding undergoing the penalty of their sin by being separated from God when they are cast into the eternal fire (Matt. 25:41). Their "death" means they are still conscious and alive, but they cannot die in the sense that they cannot cease to exist.


About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.