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How do angels groom their wings if they don't have beaks?

Asked by Adagio (14013points) July 27th, 2010

I was listening to Radio NZ National a couple of nights ago and this question was part of a reading of childhood recollections about “God questions”... I thought it was a wonderful question deserving of serious consideration… any suggestions anyone?

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quasi's avatar

No dirt in heaven?

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Okay, this is your concern with angels?

quasi's avatar

Maybe I don’t know what grooming feathers means. lol

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Maybe they have small tiny angels flying around vacuuming over the bigger angels’ wings?

Berserker's avatar

I know I lost all my imagination and all a hell of a long time ago, but I don’t really think that’s something angels would worry about. Maybe doves do it for them, or they do it to each other, while braiding each other’s hair too, by a lake made of milk.

Adagio's avatar

@quasi you’ve never seen birds grooming their feathers with their beaks?

quasi's avatar

Hm.. Xavier Renegade Angel has a beak.. but, no wings. Now I’m really confused.

wundayatta's avatar

They don’t have to. Their wings are made of a special kind of titanium that is frictionless. No one can hold the wings and nothing can stick to them.

Look people. This is heaven we are talking about. God’s messengers. They never get dirty. They don’t need to groom. Whoever came up with this question (I mean originally, not the OP) is a dweeznoggit slembobble!

quasi's avatar

@Adagio I have, I think, but I wasn’t sure if it had anything to do with dirt after my first answer.

SeventhSense's avatar

Who says they have feathers? They’re pure light.

Adagio's avatar

@Simone maybe… anything is possible

@wundayatta a dweeznoggit slembobble? Could be I suppose but more likely to be a child with a vivid imagination and no fear of asking questions I thought… at what stage do we lose the ability and become self-conscious and inhibited?

Jeruba's avatar

Who says they don’t have beaks?

Adagio's avatar

@SeventhSense pure light? nah, feathers I reckon…

@Jeruba That is an excellent question… angels with beaks… maybe…

Blackberry's avatar

They lick their feathers like a cat.

asmonet's avatar

I imagine angels aren’t ‘physically’ equipped with sweat glands and the ability to produce bodily fluids in general. Add in the whole ‘different plane of existence’ and our earthly shit ain’t stickin’.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Maybe they have a heavenly cleansing agent akin to sheep dip.

SeventhSense's avatar

Here’s the hit list:
* Malachim (translation: messengers), general word for angel
* Michael (translation: who is like God), performs God’s kindness
* Gabriel (translation: the strength of God), performs acts of justice and power
* Raphael (translation: God Heals), God’s healing force
* Uriel (translation: God is my light), leads us to destiny
* Seraphim (translation: the burning ones), protects the gates to the Garden of Eden
* Malach HaMavet (translation: the angel of death)
* HaSatan (translation: the prosecutor), brings people’s sins before them in the heavenly court
* Chayot HaKodesh (translation: the holy beasts)
* Ophanim (translation: arbits) Astrological Influence
* HaMerkavah (translation: the chariot), transports God’s glory
*Lucifer (fallen angel)

“And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”
2 Corinthians 11:14

lillycoyote's avatar

Once again, @Jeruba is spot on. How do you know that angels don’t have beaks?

quasi's avatar

And what does it mean to know something?


YARNLADY's avatar

OMG – dirt in heaven – what will they think of next?

Jeruba's avatar

If heaven doesn’t have any dirt, I ain’t goin’ there.

MacBean's avatar

Angels groom their wings the same way unicorns brush their tails.

lillycoyote's avatar

@Jeruba That comment makes me think of something I have always thought about my dad and my uncle Tom. If heaven is perfect and there is nothing there that needs to be built or fixed, or improved, or upgraded; if there are no problems to work out or solve, neither one of them is going to be at all happy there. If heaven is perfect, both of them will find it very far from perfect.,

ucme's avatar

They lick each others along with their dirty faces.

SeventhSense's avatar

Well after further research I also found out that there’s no no toilets in heaven. I’m glad this was cleared up. I don’t know if I could handle 72 virgins though. Seems that that might be a lot of work.

wundayatta's avatar

@SeventhSense But you’d have eternity to handle it. I’d be more worried about it being not enough instead of too many.

SeventhSense's avatar

Well maybe one “transformer” virgin would fit the bill.

lillycoyote's avatar

@SeventhSense LOL. Rivers of wine and no toilets? What is that heavenly aroma? Now, I guess we know.

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