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Can Man Become a God?

Posted by JLFuller on July 20, 2008

If you believe what the bible says, yes.   Psalms 82:1,6-71 John 3:1-3, 2 Peter 1:2-4, Phillipians 2:5-6,  Romans 8:15-17, and Revelation 21:7 all talk about it. Genesis 3:22 indicates the belief has been around since before the earth was first populated. Many historical texts talk about it too.  Athanasius of Alexandria  wrote “God became human so humans would become gods” (On the Incarnation 54:3, PG 25:192B).  Maximus the Confessor said “A sure warrant for looking forward with hope to deification of human nature is provided by the incarnation of God, which makes man god to the same degree as God Himself became man.” and “let us become the image of the one whole God, bearing nothing earthly in ourselves, so that we may consort with God and become gods, receiving from God our existence as gods.” 
Many non-Mormon commentators have suggested Mormons believe we become equal to God the Father but that just isn’t quite correct. Mormon theology is a bit circumspect about it. The Maxwell Institute says “The state of man is also explained in Psalms 8:4-5, which asks, “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.” The word rendered “angels” in the King James and some other translations is Hebrew Elohim, which actually means “gods. See also Paul’s reasoning in Acts 17:22-29, where he says that humans are of the same species (Greek genos) as God and shouldn’t think of him as being otherwise.”  http://farms.byu.edu/faq.php?id=20&table=questions.
Some may argue that Eloheim actually means ruler or judge but Strong’s #430 says gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative — angels, X exceeding, God (gods)(-dess, -ly), X (very) great, judges, X mighty.” It is translated as angels too but not as the first rank order definition so one must look elsewhere for further clarification and usage. The Biblical Heritage Center says the first rank of definitions is god or gods with angels, rulers and judges being second rank meanings. So is this Mormon concoction? Not according to scripture.




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