Sunday, May 14, 2017

Ye Are Gods!

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         -Of course, one could easily reach the conclusion that I am embracing an extremely heterodox doctrine by ignoring all of the contents presented within this article. The title only serves to add some humor to the subjects pertaining to Mormonism. In reality, this paper intends to refute the Mormon misinterpretation of John 10:34, which is a quotation from Psalm 82. Mormons interpret the phrase "You are gods" in the mentioned passage from John's Gospel and Psalm 82:6 to mean that we can become gods in the afterlife. Although Mormons, Hindus, and New Agers alike have made this biblical argument to substantiate their belief in humans becoming deity in the afterlife, this article is primarily directed to adherents of Mormonism.

         First of all, it is vitally important to realize that our Lord Jesus Christ never said, "You are able to become gods." Taken completely out of context, the phrase from the two parallel biblical texts in question say, "You are gods." This is in the present tense, which makes the Mormon interpretation of this minuscule phrase totally inconsistent because Mormon theology does not teach that human beings who are present here on earth are gods, but rather can become gods in the afterlife. In other words, the underlying reason for John 10:34 being a poor argument for Mormon apologists to use is that Mormonism does not teach that Mormons are gods here on this earth.

         John 10:34 is a quotation from Psalm 82, which speaks of divinely appointed human judges, who would "die like men" (Psalm 82:7). In John 10, Jesus Christ was simply pointing to the fact that the Jewish teachers of His time were fatally erring in their doctrine. They were doing so in the same manner as the judges of Psalm 82 erred. Christ was criticizing the grave doctrinal errors of the Scribes and Pharisees who constantly challenged His teachings. He refereed to them as being "whitewashed tombs" (Matthew 23:37). He said that their father was the devil (John 8:44). He rebuked them for teaching as doctrines the commandments of men (Matthew 15; Mark 7). It would therefore be illogical for Jesus Christ to refer to these men as deity. The context of John 10:34 is about the rebuking of false doctrine (John 10:35-37). According to the Bible, there is only one God (Isaiah 43:10-11; 44:6-8), which means that we cannot become gods in the afterlife.

         While it is true that Christians will eventually receive new, perfected, glorified bodies in the eternal state, the fact still remains that we cannot become gods. Biblical Christianity has always been a monotheistic religion.

1 comment:

  1. Well done Jesse. Yes the bible is clear. There is only One true God. Christianity is a Monotheistic religion. One God Three Persons. All the other gods are Idols, devils, false, etc.