It’s Great Being a God


Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Peter 1:4)

One thing I like about the Jesus thing is that I get to be God too. Not some little dweebie approximation of God, but the real deal. If Peter is right (and let’s give him the benefit of the doubt since he was a slow learner), then everybody who buys into God’s promises gets to eat the same deity pizza that the Big Guy does.

Now some fake humble Christians might think that’s going overboard. They think that only God is God and we lowly humans are pond scum, saved pond scum maybe, but still pond scum. Well, if they want to be pond scum they can go right ahead, but I think they’re missing the whole point of the Jesus thing. Maybe I used to be pond scum, but since Jesus did his death and resurrection trick, that’s all changed. If you need to be pond scum to feel religious, be my guest.

So here’s how it works: Jesus does his thing, but God gives us these promises we have to believe. Somehow, by believing them, we are sharing God’s God-ness. I have to tell you that I have no idea how that works. How by these promises (which are about something we haven’t actually got yet) we can do the God thing is beyond me. I can’t figure out the mechanics of it, but it’s most likely got something to do with “mystery.” Mystery is what the Bible writers call anything they don’t get. It’s a romantic word for ignorance and sounds a lot better than confessing to stupidity, which an apostle wouldn’t want to do in public. In private, they probably told all kinds of stories about how clueless they really were. But in print, they had to put a spin on it. After all, who would want a clueless apostle?

The main point Peter’s making is that believers in God’s promises are just like God, except for a short list of omni’s which God keeps for himself. Other than that, we’re pretty much the same, which shouldn’t be surprising since we’re supposed to be his kids. The Eastern Orthodox guys understand this. They call it “the deification of the believer.” These guys also spend a lot of time looking at fake looking pictures of saints, but you can’t have everything. They can get a little flakey around the edges, but on the deification point I think they’re onto something.

Anyway, if you want to be pond scum saved by grace, be my guest. I’m going to be God Boy instead. Why sit in coach class when you can upgrade to First?


2 Responses

  1. Theosis. This is dangerous stuff for a modern evangelical, for whom being conformed into Christ’s image means becoming holy pond scum.

    As Athanasius put it, “God became man so that man might become god.”

    This is, as the Eastern Orthodox view it, the ongoing work of grace. (They do clarify, however, that they don’t mean becoming “god” in substance — they always use a lowercase “g.”)

  2. btw, thanks for including the fig leave in the photo.

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