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originally posted by: Akragon
a reply to: Belcastro
Tis true... We all have a spark of the divine within...
Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes
Something we're here to experience... without exception
originally posted by: chr0naut
a reply to: Belcastro
Psalm 82:6 translates the word "elohim" as "gods" but in the Hebrew meaning, when the word elohim is used to refer to more than a single human person, it can mean "rulers" or "judges", as well as 'little g' "gods". Which makes the passage have two meanings depending upon interpretation. The wording in the passage is also a question (a hypothetical) in a song, it was not a statement of fact by God or other authority. To assume that the Psalmist is calling human beings gods, is taking the passage way out of context.
Similarly John 10:34 is Jesus pointing out the legal inaccuracy in that very particular interpretation of Psalm 82:6. If the Pharisees were to interpret things one way (as they were doing in their interpretation of what Jesus said) it would actually make the Psalmist (Asaph) a blasphemer and guilty under the law. Since the Pharisees knew the intention behind the Psalm was not blasphemous, they could hardly apply the same criteria against Jesus and find Him blasphemous.
In both cases, the meaning is in the context of the passage. To take the meaning otherwise (looking at the verse in isolation, and out of cultural and Biblical context) is going to lead to error.
That being said, in Genesis it does say that God is making us in His image (a process that I would say is ongoing based upon observation).
To say that we are now at this time, or were in the past, gods is demonstrably nonsense.
originally posted by: schuyler
originally posted by: eisegesis
I don't want to be a god. Do I have a choice in the matter?
That's the rub, isn't it? This whole thing sounds very totalitarian.