The Christian myth about the creation of angels and demons is not the only one. The provenance (origin and history) of angels and demons varies from religion to religion, but in general, angels are very powerful, “GOOD” spirits who serve as God’s most direct helpers and His messengers. Demons and devils, on the other hand, are bad, or evil angels. Demons, as a result of their rebellion against God are much less powerful than the good angels. However they still serve God’s purposes, even though they believe that they are God’s enemies and try to work at cross purposes to His will. Their job is to tempt man, and operate as God’s sewage system.
The angels and the demons serve God by representing the opposite poles of good versus evil. Each pole must be equally represented in the earth sphere in order that men and women can exercise their own Free Will, which is God’s most important gift to mankind.
All religions treat both the angels and the demons as structural parts of the spiritual world. Both classes of spiritual beings were created by God as parts of the machinery that make the heavens and the hells work smoothly. They also operate in the material world by offering men and women the choice between good and evil.
The entire structure is like a spiritual factory. The raw material of this factory consists of human souls, and those souls start in the basement and work their way up until they are refined enough to join the consciousness of God. By exercising free will, each soul is allowed to choose where it fits into the spiritual universe while continuing to evolve toward its ultimate unification with the godhead.
A minority of modern psychics claim to see and converse with actual angels. They report their angelic encounters as something completely different than their encounters with the spirits of human beings. Angels, in general, have a great deal of power, but they lack egos and their encounters with living humans are generally fleeting. As a result, angelic intrusions into human reality are quite subtle and mostly go unnoticed by anyone except the person or persons who experience them.
Demons, on the other hand, make spectacular appearances in extremely violent hauntings and dramatic exorcisms carried out by established religious organizations. Demons DO have very pronounced egos and are defined by their extreme narcissism. Most mediums who deal with demons in haunted houses describe them as black clouds that can assume humanoid or animal shapes. One of their most defining characteristics is a very strong odor of sulfur, ozone, feces and rotting flesh.
The dark history of demonic hauntings, possessions and their subsequent, often violent exorcisms, along with their stated hatred of God, suggests that these dark entities are in a different category from the spirits of dead humans. The mediums and religious figures that deal in paranormal research and in “cleaning houses” of spiritual bad actors generally have no doubt that demons and angels exist.