Did Jesus teach we could become gods since He said "[b]e ye therefore perfect" (Matthew 5:48)?
The immediate context of this Matthew passage tells us in what sense we are to be perfect. We are to be perfect loving our enemies (cf. vss. 43-47). This is what theologians have called a communicable attribute. It is an attribute that God shares with us. Now just because Jesus' disciples must be perfect (mature or lacking nothing), it does not entail they will be gods as God is God (having God's incommunicable attributes: eternally God, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, the originator and sustainer of everything outside Himself, etc.). The Matthew 5:48 passage does not mention anything about becoming "gods," and even if it did, becoming a god is quite different from being God by nature. If the owner of a chimpanzee tells the pet to be as good as its owner is, the owner is not expecting the chimp to miraculously transform into a human being. The owner is simply concerned that her pet act as she would in certain circumstances. Simply sharing a property (viz., perfection) in common is not sufficient for claiming that the two things are of the same nature or species. The angels of God certainly share perfection in common with God, but that doesn't entail that the angels are begotten of God rather than created by God (cf. the distinction between begetting and making in my comments on John 10:34).
|Werner Hoppe says... ()|
|"Yes. God says that if we go through life doing our best and we repent for our sins and follow the commandments, we can return to Heaven and become a God. And also I'm LDS (mormon) and this website has some wrong information about us." (2/14/15)|
|Thomas says... ()|
|"Did you broke one of commandments? Yes or no
|Stephen M. Travis says... ()|
|"Nobody has done their best and nobody has "done all they can do". Nobody. Therefore, not a single Mormon, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, etc., will be able to dwell with God (the reason we were created) unless we can be made perfect. This being made perfect isn't power from on high to improve oneself, either. It's too late; no mater how much better we improve ourselves, or how much we serve our neighbor, we still are not perfect. It is Christ's living perfectly FOR US, and then paying the penalty of what our sin has earned us (death) by bleeding and dying on a cross, FOR US, and then ATTRIBUTING this to our account, so to speak, that makes us righteous and lets us dwell with God in Paradise forever." (10/29/18)|