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Are we little gods (small "g")?
     Many teachers come against the Word of Faith denomination on this subject. Being heavily influenced by the Word of Faith denomination in my first 20 years as a Christian, and having heard this particular teaching taught maybe 3 times over 3,000+ sermons, I would like to give some feedback on this subject. It is not taught by all Word of Faith teachers by any means and I, myself never took the teaching as meaning that we are like God in the sense of being deified - just that we are His children. I also never took it as becoming one with the cosmic universe as you would with various Eastern Mysticism followers and New-Agers.
     I have never met one WOF person who believes that we become gods in the sense of being deified (deity), as is the case in Mormonism. Most, if not all, WOF people don't believe that they will have their own planet someday and populate it through celestial birthing. I believe that most who teach this WOF doctrine don't mean it the way it has come across so I would like to give them the benefit of the doubt. I must also say that I have been out of the WOF denomination for about 5 years so things might have changed since then. They do have some other doctrines I don't agree with totally since having put many hours into learning the process of Biblical Interpretation, but I can say the same thing for all of the other denominations I have been a part of - they too say a lot of things passed on from generation to generation that they cannot back up with proper Hermeneutics and will pull many scriptures out of context to fit a certain teaching they hold onto.  Many have also made a lot of statements without having hardly ever read any of the books or heard very many teachings. In defense of the WOF teachers, I would have to say that they teach on the subject of love more than any other denomination I have been a part of. They also teach on other doctrines such as consecration and living a holy life -that's probably a shocker to many out there. I have several books on those subjects that have helped me walk in the spirit and live for God like a Christian should.
I would just like to see the TRUE believers from each TRUE Christian denomination come together on the Essential Doctrines such as repentance and being born-again into the kingdom of God. We need to stop getting sidetracked all of the time on these things and go out and get the lost saved. It's not going to matter how much money you have or don't have while on this earth once you die but we need to use all that we have, whether finances, talents, or grace gifts all for the glory of God and not for our selves. I just want to be fair to my brothers and sisters in the WOF denomination. They are definitely believers in Jesus - some of which I go street preaching with and who have a real burden to win souls for Jesus.

(Nevertheless), you knew that was coming. I would like to say that many WOF teachers do pull this particular portion of scripture in Psalm 82 out of its context.  The teachers that do teach on it really should no longer teach it. I copied both the King James Version and how the literal Hebrew would read for this chapter (Psalm 82) and also in the gospel of John chapter 10, verses 22-39 so you can see for yourself. This is where this teaching is derived from. So don't be lazy. Read it slowly and over and over and you will see that what I am saying is correct.

In context, this would be a lamentation cried out to God by Asaph wanting justice against the unjust judges. So reading in context, we cannot conclude it is saying that WE are "little gods" in the sense of deity but merely earthly judges [sons (small “s”] of God). We are created in His image (spirit beings; the breath of life was breathed into Adam) but that is a big difference in interpretation.

Psalms 82 (KJV)
 1.  God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.
 2.  How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
 3.  Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
 4.  Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
 5.  They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
 6.  I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
 7.  But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.

Strong's Ref. # 0430
Romanized  'elohiym
Pronounced el-o-heem'
plural of HSN0433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative:
Bob note: Elohim; plurality of God or gods (you can take this as talking about the trinity or polytheism [like the Greek gods of mythology])

Strong's Ref. # 0410
Romanized 'el
Pronounced ale
shortened from HSN0352; strength; as adjective, mighty; especially the Almighty (but used also of any deity):

Strong's Ref. # 1121
Romanized  ben
Pronounced bane
from HSN1129; a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., [like HSN0001, HSN0251, etc.]):
1121 {sons} is builder of the family name. In other words, we are representatives of God.

 Psalm 82
  |4210| A psalm
  |0623| of Asaph.
  |0430| God
  |5975| stands
  |5712| in the company of
  |0410| God.
  |8432| In the midst of
  |0430| the gods
  |1777| He judges.
  |5704| Until
  |0000| when
  |8199| will you judge
  |5766| unjustly,
  |6440| and the faces of
  |7563| the wicked
  |5375| lift up?
  |5553| Selah.
   |8199| Vindicate
  |6035| the poor
  |3490| and the orphan,
  |6041| the afflicted
  |0034| and needy
  |6663| do justice to.
  |6403| Deliver the poor
  |0034| and needy
   |3027| from hand
  |7563| the wicked's
  |3467| save.
  |3808| not
  |3045| They know,
  |3808| and not
  |0995| they understand.
  |2825| In darkness
  |1980| they walk.
   |1607| Are shaken
  |3605| all
  |4146| the foundations of
  |0776| the earth.
  |0589| I
  |0559| have said,
  |0430| gods
  |0859| You {are}.
(Talking about the        trinity here)
  |1121| And sons of
(builders of the family name)
  |5945| the Most High,
  |3605| all of you.
  |0000| But
  |0120| a man
  |4191| you will die,
  |0259| and like one of
  |1980| the princes
  |5307| you will fall.
  |6965| Rise,
  |0430| O God,
  |8199| judge
  |0776| the earth.
  |0000| For You
  |2423| will inherit
  |3605| in all
   |1471| the nations.

John 10:22-39
22.  And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.
 23.  And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch.
24.  Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
 25.  Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.
 26.  But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
 27.  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
 28.  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
 29.  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
 30.  I and my Father are one.
 31.  Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
 32.  Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
 33.  The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
 34.  Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
 35.  If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
 36.  Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?
 37.  If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
 38.  But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,

Strong's Ref. # 2316
Romanized  theos
Pronounced theh'-os
of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with GSN3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very:
KJV--X exceeding, God, god[-ly, -ward].

John 10:34, 35 (Literal Hebrew)
   |0611| answered
   |0846| them
   |2424| Jesus,
   |3756| not
   |2076| Is it
   |1125| having been written
   |1722| in
   |3588| the
   |3551| Law
   |5216| of you,
   |1473| I
   |2036| said,
   |2316| gods
   |2075| you are.
   |1487| If
   |1565| those
   |2036| He called
   |2316| gods,
   |4314| with
   |3739| whom
   |3588| the
   |3056| word
   |3588| of
   |2316| God
   |1096| was
   |2532| and
   |3756| not
   |1410| can
   |3089| be broken
   |3588| the
   |1124| Scripture

From what I can gather from John 10 and Psalm 82, I would have to say that Jesus had opened Himself up to be charged with blasphemy by stating, “I and My Fahter are one” (verse 30). But on the basis of Scripture (verse 34), He reasoned with the Jews that if the term “gods” could be acceptably applied to human judges back in Pslams 82:6, why was it blasphemy for Him who came directly from the Father to call Himself the Son of God (verse 36)?

gods (small g) = judges according to the literal Hebrew in Psalms 82:6. Read the verse before verse 6 and after verse 6. That would be verses 1 through 5 and verses 7 and 8.

Jesus is saying that He is the Son (capital S) of God and therefore stating that the earthly judges who were wicked in their judgments were sons (small s) of God. He was speaking to Jews in John 10. And Asaph was speaking about the unjust judges in Psalm 82 with verse 6b stating plainly as you can see below in the literal Hebrew that it says “sons of the Most High.”

|1121| And sons of
   |5945| the Most High,
   |3605| all of you.

I hope I didn't confuse you in this matter. I believe if you read this article a number of times you will better understand what I am trying to show you and make your own judgment.

Here is a very good theological statement one should remember that is the crux of the whole Bible.

“The Son of God became the Son of man so that the sons of men could become the sons of God.” (Quote from Dr. Ron Cottle)

Notice the capital S's and the small s's.

Written by Robert Marino, evangelist-teacher on 7-21-07.
Copyright ã 2007 by Robert Marino. All rights reserved.