“Jesus answered them, “Has it not been written in your Law, ‘I SAID, YOU ARE GODS’?” (John 10:34)
Taken from “I said, “You are gods, and all of you are sons of the Most High” (Psalms 82:6)
The ability to be like God – is it true? Create and destroy, bless and curse, and the knowledge of good and evil – is it true?
I think we are like God in the sense I have mentioned. We have the ability to give life – and the ability to take life. We have the ability to make someone’s life better – or to make someone’s life worse. We are aware of what seems ‘good’ and what seems ‘evil’. We have been given something unique – choice.
It is taken from the beginning of the Genesis – we are ‘created in the image of God’. What does that image entail? I am not sure it is about physical appearance as much as it is about the way we were created to exist. In some senses we are ‘gods’ – not actually God – but likened to the Being that created us.
It’s something to say ‘we are like God’ but it comes with a great responsibility – that is the venture of our lives. We have been given a choice – a proverbial forest in front of us – of choices to make on what to remove and keep. We have to make choices that will effect our everyday lives – for the good or for the evil – which will we choose to feed?
Morality lies within our power – values are dependant on what we embrace – our paradigm is based on the perspective on life we enhance. Our responsibility is to balance how we will let things affect us – and how we will affect others. We may have a family (choice to create) or write a book (also creation). We may choose to slander someone’s reputation (destroy). We may develop a program to help the poor in society (bless) or we may forgo the needs of the single mother (curse). We can develop ways to ‘love one another’ (good) or find ways to divide one another (evil).
This is your power – and this is your responsibility. God does not make your decisions for you – you do. You are gods – you may not be my God – but you have been given a similar ability. But you choose this day – build a house with the wood from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or to leave it in shambles. But you cannot give back your ability.