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What is a God?
At Psalm 82:1 we read, ‘Our God has stood in the gathering of gods, and in the midst of the gods He judges.'
This verse - in fact, this entire Chapter - is usually not (or is only vaguely) understood. Who are the ‘gods' that God meets with and judges? Psalm 82:6 tells us, ‘I said You are gods; of the Most High you're sons.' So, these words seem to apply to those who were created directly by God, His messengers (angels), and what became known as the demons (those who receive God's adverse judgment).
The usual explanation of Psalm 82:6 is that God was speaking to humans, for the Christ quoted this scripture at John 10:34-36, when he said, ‘Isn't it written in your Law, I say that you are gods? If He called those who were spoken against in God's Word gods, how can you tell me (one who was made holy and brought into the world by the Father) that I blaspheme because I say I'm God's Son?'
However, notice that the "Anointed" wasn't saying that his listeners were gods; he was saying that the ones God met with and judged (who were mentioned in the Psalms) were called gods. And these were not only God's sons (direct creations of God), but they live in ‘dark places' or Tartarus (see Psalm 82:5).
God has not come and met with gatherings of men, but He has met with all His spirit creation, as Job 1:6 tells us. So, from the context we must assume that God
was calling His wicked spirit sons gods, and He was warning them that when the old ‘earth and sky' pass away (see 2 Peter 3), they too will be destroyed.
Notice that at Exodus 7:1 God told Moses, ‘Look! I've made you a god to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron is your Prophet.' So, was Moses literally turned into a god? Yes he was, if you understand what that really means.
Now, we recognize that this concept may be a bit difficult to grasp for people who were raised in a monotheistic society where the word god refers to just one individual. However, remember that the Greeks were a polytheistic society (they worshiped many gods), and to them the word theos (god) referred to a large group of individuals who were more powerful than men. So in Greek, theos just means powerful one, not Creator.
Also, notice how God again used the word gods at Exodus 22:28 to refer to men. In Greek this verse reads, ‘theous ou logeseis,' or, ‘You aren't to speak badly of the gods.' But if you read the context, you will see that God was telling the Israelites not to speak badly of powerful humans here, not to demon ‘gods.' Therefore, the term god just means powerful. So even men can be called gods... that is, in the word's truest sense (powerful ones).
Thus the terms god and gods just refer to the powerful. And even men can be gods... that is, in the truest sense of the word's meaning (powerful ones). So a word-for-word literal translation of John 1:1 can read, ‘In the beginning was the Word; and the Word was toward the Powerful One; and powerful was the Word.'
Editor's note: The above translation (John 1:1) is recorded in several bibles translations, but there is evidence that "The Word" (or God's thoughts) is actually the "Visible Image of the Invisible God" or the "Power of God" which would make this image just an extension of God!
For more information see the link: One God, Two or Three?