MG-07-Did Jesus Teach That Men Can Become Gods
Did Jesus teach the Mormon doctrine that men can become “Gods” of their own universe?
In the Mormon Church Gospel Topic Essay on “Becoming like God” they claim that Jesus taught that humans are in the process of becoming gods when he quoted Psalm 82:6 at John 10:34 saying, “Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?”
As with most Scriptures the Mormon Church quotes to support their blasphemous doctrine of men becoming gods, they fail to consider the context of these statements. Let’s start with Psalm 82, which forms the basis of Jesus’ reference about being “gods” at John 10:34.
Here the Psalmist says, “How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? …I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.”
Rather than complimenting these wicked judges for their attempt to be “gods,” the true God of the Bible is actually mocking them because these wicked judges were convicting the innocent while acquitting the guilty. In other words, these wicked judges were doing exactly what the Pharisees were doing to Jesus when they picked up stones to condemn Him, the true God, to death.
In Psalm 82, it is as if the true God is saying to these wicked judges, “You think you’re gods but you will die like the men that you truly are!”
And in quoting Psalms 82 at John 10, Jesus was reminding the Pharisees of the serious consequences of their judgment of Him, showing that what these Pharisees thought they were in trying to act as gods in condemning Him, when He was, in reality, the one true God, they would incur the same wrath as those wicked judges.
In reducing God to a man so that men can become gods, Mormonism distorts the nature of God and perverts the gospel of Christ.
Other verses the Mormon Church cites in support of their doctrine of men becoming gods are Acts 17:29 where the apostle Paul declares “we are the offspring of God” and Romans 8:16-17 where he states, “we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ.” Yet these passages are speaking of adoption into God’s spiritual family and “heirs” of His kingdom through faith in Christ (John 1:12), not eternal progression. Isaiah 14:12-14 says, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer…For thou hast said in thine heart… I will exalt my throne above the stars of God…I will be like the most High.” Lucifer fell for trying to be “like” God, so why would anyone want to follow his example?
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