With the conviction we are created in God’s image, we speak of having a spark of the divine, that we are godlike. This conviction, however, is like a door that swings two ways.
Our being godlike, with attributes of forgiveness, love and other life-giving ways ascribed to God, is very good. Being godlike with a misguided view of our importance, as Psalm 82 describes, can lead to our being abusive and demonic.
Psalm 82 is set in a court-like setting with God pronouncing judgment on all who judge unjustly (verse 2) and says they will die as mere mortals. (verse 7)
Our godlikeness is described as all who care for the weak and orphaned and for the rights of the lowly and destitute. (verse 3) In this context and content of character you are gods, children of the Most High, all of you, the psalmist declares. (verse 6)
Any conviction that we are gods must be seen in this way. We all are God’s beloved ones, belonging to God and to each other.
Creator God, you have created us in your image and you give us respect and honour far greater than we can imagine or deserve. Dwell within us and help us live our godliness in humility and love toward all. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. — EAM