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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,
 
  Jesus 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
 
     Psalm 82:6. Psalm 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.
 
  God 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
 
Therefore, 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, but they are going to die just like mortal men. There was nothing special about them.
 
  They 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) Psa. 82:5-7
 
Psalm 82 is a rebuke and it reveals the fact that when we ignore God's wishes, we are acting like little gods.

 
     
 
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