Does the Bible say that there is only one god, or are there many gods? Do you know? Are you sure? If I showed you that the Bible teaches there are many gods, would you be willing to give up what you have been taught in the past and learn to put your beliefs in line with Scripture? If you refused, could you still say you know Christ? Have I got your attention? I hope so because, if you’ll give me a few minutes of your time, I’d like to take you Scripture surfing in a way that may force you to question everything you have been taught in Church. Won’t you come along?
I want to start here, with Psalm 82
A Psalm of Asaph.
82 God takes His stand in His own congregation;
He judges in the midst of the rulers.
2 How long will you judge unjustly
And show partiality to the wicked? Selah.
3 Vindicate the weak and fatherless;
Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.
4 Rescue the weak and needy;
Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.
5 They do not know nor do they understand;
They walk about in darkness;
All the foundations of the earth are shaken.
6 I said, “You are gods,
And all of you are sons of the Most High.
7 “Nevertheless you will die like men
And fall like any one of the princes.”
8 Arise, O God, judge the earth!
For it is You who possesses all the nations.
This passage has been translated incorrectly. I’ll prove it momentarily, but let’s understand how it might have happened: how could faithful men and women have mistranslated the Word of God? The answer is simple: they had a preconceived notion of what the Scriptures are supposed to say so, when they encountered a passage that contradicted that preconceived notion, they forced what they believed onto the Word of God. In this case, the people who translated the Scriptures knew the Bible says there is only one God, so, when they came across a passage that said there are many gods, they changed the translation so that it fit what they knew to be true — only they were wrong! Now, let me prove it.
In the passage above, the Hebrew behind the words in bold print is, elohim (the plural form of the root word, el). This passage should have been translated this way:
82 God takes His stand in His own congregation;
He judges in the midst of the gods.
Now, there is a list of reasons just within Psalm 82 for why this passage is not addressing humans, but actual gods (elohim), but I am not going to bother with explaining these details. Rather, I am going to take you to a Higher source:
31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?” 33 The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Has it not been written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? 35 If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), 36 do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may [a]know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.” 39 Therefore they were seeking again to seize Him, and He eluded their grasp.
In this passage, the Pharisees are accusing Yeshua of blasphemy for calling Himself God. Yeshua responds by pointing to Psalm 82, and says, if YHWH called the spiritual beings in Psalm 82, gods, then who are the Pharisees to accuse Yeshua of blasphemy for claiming to be the Son of God? It is Yeshua (YHWH in human form) who confirms that Psalm 82 says there are many gods. The key is to understand that these are not gods like YHWH, the One, True God, the Most High Elohim. They are created beings of great power, but not equal to YHWH. You see, elohim does not so much mean ‘god’ in the sense it does in English as it refers to where a being exists. In this case, elohim should be understood to carry the notion of a being that resides in the spirit world. Therefore, Psalm 82 can rightly be understood as saying:
82 God (the Most High Spirit being) takes His stand in His own congregation;
He judges in the midst of the gods (the spirit beings).
But, either way, Scripture clearly states that, while there is only one True, Most High Elohim (God), there are, never the less, many other elohim (gods).
Now that we have shown that the Scripture do — as a matter of fact — teach that there are many elohim (gods), I have three questions for you, and your answers to these questions mean everything in the world:
1 — What else do the Scriptures teach that is different from what you believe they teach?
2 — Are you interested enough to start searching the Scriptures to find out?
3 — Do you love YHWH enough to change your beliefs when you find out what those differences are?