To: Todd Strandberg
I really appreciate your website. I think that you rightly offer caution in mentioning Kenneth Copeland's heresy teachings: "You are a God" ... here: http://www.raptureready.com/rapture/sskc1.html.
I would like to draw your attention to an article in your SOAPBOX section by Mike Taylor: "We Shall Be Member's Of God's Family" here: http://www.raptureready.com/soap/taylor3.html.
There is a great danger in equating God making us in His Image, and implying God is reproducing Himself in Man.
We cannot become Gods, or a god.
God does not share His glory with anyone.
Isaiah 42:8 "I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another,.."
Isaiah 48:11 " ... And My glory I will not give to another. "
Yet, according to Mike Taylor .. "Now taking all the scriptures ..., is not the implication here that since we are able to enter into which He began and share that with Him, that we are going to enter into the same kind of glory that He Himself also has?"
Taylor says: "Jesus is the first fruit and He will produce Sons and Daughters to glory after His Kind. The God kind."
Later, he states: "... when we are glorified or raised from the dead at His coming we will be like He is, not something else. WE will be exactly what we have sprung from, and that was God."
Further quoting Taylor: "He is reproducing Himself and we will be members of the God kind, the family of God."
Glorification is never the same as deification.
There is a very big difference between claiming that man will become Gods by God "reproducing Himself after the God kind", and what the Bible truly says.
Jesus Christ alone is the Son of God by nature. We can never have the same relationship He has as the unique Son of God. We will be "adopted", which is a very different thing. Ephesians 1:5 (NASB) "He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will" Also, see Galatians 4:5, Romans 8:23, In Romans 8:15, the Holy Spirit (3rd person of the Trinity) is called the "Spirit of Adoption".
The word “adoption” distinguishes those who are made sons of God from the only-begotten Son of God. The Holy Spirit, however, creates in the believing sinner a new nature. We have not only the new status as sons, but also the heart of true sons. Our adoption is the act of God’s pure goodness and grace of His will to the praise of His glory.
My God is already infinite. The infinite nature simply means “without limits.” When we refer to God as "infinite," we generally refer to Him with terms like omniscience (all-knowing), omnipotence (has all power and authority), omnipresence (always present .. see Psalm 139:7-12). Because God is infinite, He is also said to be transcendent, which simply means that God is exceedingly far above creation, and is both greater than creation and independent of it. What this means is that God is so infinitely above and beyond us and our ability to fully comprehend that, had He not revealed Himself, we would not know or understand what He is like.
But, thankfully, God has not left us in the dark about Himself. Instead, He has revealed Himself to us through both general revelation (creation and our conscience) and special revelation (the Written Word of God, the Bible, and the living Word of God, Jesus Christ). Therefore, we can know God, and we can know how to be reconciled to Him and how to live according to His will. Despite the fact that we are finite and God is infinite, we can know and understand God as He has revealed Himself to us. God is unchanging (Malachi 3:6). This is why we cannot become gods. We are created beings.
God is not a family (as introduced by the late heretic Herbert W. Armstrong).
But we can be adopted into the family of God.
But never will we become gods. That is the same prideful goal that got Satan kicked out of heaven.
Thinking correctly about God is of utmost importance because a false idea about God is idolatry.
Is Mike Taylor's interpretation something that should be published on your fine website?