Today we hear in many Christian circles that we are called to
be gods. What used to be spoken only in silence and promoted by
pseudo-Christian cults is now being openly declared in much of mainline
Christianity. There is a movie called “The God Makers” which was
distributed and shown in churches a few years ago which criticized
the teaching of the Mormon church on this subject, and now this
very same teaching is being promoted from various pulpits and many
TV evangelists all across America.
Does the Bible teach that we are gods, or that
we ever will be gods? Those who teach this refer to John
10:34, “Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said,
Ye are gods?” as the scriptural base for such belief.
Let’s study this and see if Jesus was telling the Jews who were
about to stone him that they are gods or not. If we read the verses
that proceed this verse, (starting at vs. 24) the Jews asked Jesus
to tell them plainly if He was the Christ or not. He answered by
saying that He is the one who gives eternal life (vs.28) and that
He and the Father are one. (vs.30) For saying this, the Jews took
up stones to stone Him. Jesus asked for which good works were they
going to stone him? (vs.32) They answered and said, not for the
good works, but for blasphemy, being a man, making yourself as God.
(Vs.33) Jesus replied, “in the scriptures, I said, you are gods.
And if he called them gods, then how can you say I blasphemed?”
In other words, why didn’t you stone others who are just mere men
when the scriptures say that you are gods?
The Jews were correct in saying that mere man is not God, but
since Jesus is God, then it was not blasphemy. Jesus was
quoting Psalms 82:6 “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are
children of the most High”. Verse 7 continues, “But ye shall die
like men, and fall like one of the princes”.
The tone and the explanation of Psalms 82: 6 are best understood
when we read 1 Samuel 8: 4-7. “Then all the elders of Israel gathered
themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, and said unto
them, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now
make us a king to judge us like all the nations. But the thing displeased
Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed
unto the Lord. And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice
of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not
rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign
In other words, they desired to be their own gods
which is exactly what the first lie of Satan was that we find recorded
in Genesis 3:5. “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof,
then your eyes will be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing
good and evil.”
The desire to be as God is the reason that Lucifer fell, and it
should be no surprise that he should tempt man with the same temptation
that seized his own heart, to partake of the same desire which he
had within himself. (Isaiah 14:13-14) Satan told a half lie and
half truth (as he is famous for doing), because we see in Genesis
3:22 that God said, “Behold, the man has become as one of us (“us”
is the trinity), to know good and evil.” It is true that man has
the knowledge of good and evil, just as does God, but the difference
is that God has the knowledge of good and evil and hates evil and
cannot be tempted by it. Man not only is tempted by evil, but also
loves evil and is incapable of doing anything about it. The
reason is because man is not God and can never be God. If
man were a god, then it would only stand to reason that he would
have the capacity to have life within himself and would never do
anything evil. However, the reality is that man does great evil
and will die as man.
Man was created in the image of God, and an image is just that,
an image. An image is merely the reflection of the real thing, but not the real
thing and can never be the real thing. When God appointed
kings to rule over nations, those whom God appointed, were His representatives
to rule as gods, but when man declared that they would not have
God to reign over them, they die as men.
Man never was God and can never be God,
and only by the grace and mercy of God can man even be declared
righteous and given the privilege of being the representative of
God on this earth and throughout eternity. This explanation is what
Jesus told the Jews in John 10: 34, and it was not a compliment,
in fact it was a rebuke, and to teach and believe
this scripture as being proof we can be gods is not only heretical,
but is blasphemous as well.
If you may be one who has been caught up in this heretical teaching,
I hope and pray that the Holy Spirit will convict you of this falsehood
for this reason. Upon repentance, there you will find rest, peace
of mind, joy and hope, trusting in God and not in ourselves. I have
been there, the pressure involved in trying to
be something which we were never called to be is to much for mere
man to bear, that is why only God is God.