“Now there were shepherds nearby living out in the field, keeping guard over their flock at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were absolutely terrified.” – Luke 2:8-9

Why do Angels terrify people?

The Glory of the Lord shone around them. God’s Glory always had a powerful impact. The Glory of God led the entire nation of Israel for forty years. When it came at the temple dedication the priests fell to the ground.

But God’s glory doesn’t always show up when we see angels in the Bible. And still, it does seem that a large percentage of the time, people are afraid when they see angels. Why is that?

Is it how scary they look? I doubt it. Is it how massive they are? Maybe. Or is it just that it is so out of the ordinary that people are startled? Anyone have the answer?