Bible Question: My
question has to do with John 10:34-35 and Psalm 82:6. Why would Jesus
say that we are gods? There is only one God. Is this just another
way of referring to judges, leaders, and rulers whose tasks are divinely
appointed? The use of the word "god" is unsettling. Is
this the reason why Mormons believe everyone is a god?
Bible Answer: Some
of the Jewish religious leaders had just threatened to stone Jesus
because He had said that He was God (John 10:33). So Jesus challenged
them with the fact that God had said in Psalm 82:6,
answered them, “"Has it not been written in your
Law, ‘'I SAID, YOU ARE GODS'? If he called them gods,
to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be
broken) . . ." (NASB) John 10:34-35
82 is directed at some Jewish leaders who were being partial in their treatment
of others. They were showing partiality to the wicked, and not helping the weak,
fatherless, afflicted, and the poor. They were abusive, self-serving leaders.
takes His stand in His own congregation; He judges in the
midst of the rulers. How long will you judge unjustly and
show partiality to the wicked? Selah. Vindicate the weak
and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and destitute.
Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them out of the hand of
the wicked. (NASB) Ps. 82:1-4
God challenged them to help those in need, but they did not care.
God knew that they would not change even before He warned them; therefore,
He rebuked them saying they were like gods. They acted like gods,
going to die just like mortal men. There was nothing special about
do not know nor do they understand; they walk about in darkness;
all the foundations of the earth are shaken. I said, “You
are gods, and all of you are sons of the Most High. “Nevertheless
you will die like men and fall like any one of the princes.” (NASB)
82 is a rebuke and it reveals the fact that when we ignore God's
wishes, we are acting like little gods.