Recently, I saw a poster of a megachurch pastor with the inscription “God Gives Birth To Gods”. I distinctly remembered seeing a sermon by the same megachurch pastor who said God sees us as “Gods”. I decided to dive in further. I spoke to a few people at the church and they claimed it to be a Biblical truth and quoted Psalm 82:1-8 (Psalm of Asaph) and John 10:34 (Jesus reference to the Psalm 82).
I became so troubled by their doctrine that I asked a born again colleague aspiring to be a Pastor if she found it offensive and she confirmed my worst fear. It is not confined to the church.
Referenced Bible Verses
Psalm 82:6-8 :- I said, “You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you; But you will die like mere mortals; you will fall like every other ruler.” Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance.
John 10:34:- Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”‘?
So, I asked the following questions:
- Do you know the Psalm of Asaph (Psalm 82) referenced is written to admonish corrupt judges in Israel, at a time when God picked judges and kings to reign over His people? God gave them elevated status and they abused it hence their reference to being made gods and their prophesied ending as dogs.
- Do you know that the reference Jesus made to that Psalm (John 10:34) was to call Jewish Lawmakers hypocrites for accepting that Psalm but wanting to stone him for calling Himself God?
- How do these scriptures make us gods?
- Again I asked, are you aware of the accepted practice in English to reserve God with uppercase for the Most High out of reverence? Hence, any intentional writings that says we are Gods, is equating us to the level of God and is from a place of pride which goes against God.
Friends, I visited the church often against the advise of many friends and realized it was a deep-seated belief in the church. I called into their morning prayer sessions and their local Pastor said look at yourself in the mirror and sing a popular worship song to yourselves–I stand, I stand in awe of you… Holy God to whom all praise is due I stand in awe of you.
Many may ask what harm it does:
Let’s first look at the harm it caused Lucifer when he tried to elevate himself to the the status of God. He lost favor with God and was cast down forever. Next, the king of Tyre in Ezekiel 28 was also cast down because he called himself a god. Finally, think back to the fact that God separated Himself from mankind when the devil tricked us into eat the fruit of “wisdom” to be like God. All sins of pride.
Now that we’ve been reconciled to our God through grace, should we beat our chests and call ourselves gods with no scriptural references, to elevate ourselves above unbelievers, or should we accept with humility how beloved we are by God, and share His precious Word for all children to come and experience this grace we’ve found?
In conclusion, Isaiah 55:8 will neither permit me to say God doesn’t see us as gods nor does it permit them to say that God does without full biblical proof, especially if the consequences are as dire as recorded.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”Isaiah 55:8-9
declares the Lord.9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Having said that, all references about gods in scripture that I’ve seen, condemn them and we know God created man (not gods) in His image. As such, I prefer to think of myself as a child of the Most High God, so loved by Him and reconciled through grace from His sacrifice.
Kindly share your thoughts. How do you see yourself in Christ?