I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
As man is, God once was; as God is, man may be.' This couplet, alliterated by President Lorenzo Snow, together with the earlier King Follett Discourse and the Discourse on the Plurality of Gods and other teachings by the Prophet Joseph Smithhave been a major source of controversy from the beginning... Today, Latter-day Saints are lambasted left and right for believing the doctrines that were taught since the days of Joseph Smith, namely, the ideas that God was once a man and that man could someday become like God–becoming gods themselves as others had done before."
-D. Charles Pyle, "I Have Said, 'Ye Are Gods': Concepts Conducive to the Early Christian Doctrine of Deification in Patristic Literature and the Underlying Strata of the Greek New Testament Text," August, 1999, Speech given at first annual Mormon FAIR Conference, retrieved Apr 26, 2014, [www.fairmormon.org]
Cultist author C.S. Lewis, who was not a born-again Christian, also believed in this insane idea:
[God] said (in the Bible) that we were 'gods'and He is going to make good His words. If we let Him--for we can prevent Him, if we choose-- He will make the feeblest and filthiest of us into a god or goddess, a dazzling, radiant, immortal creature, pulsating all through with such energy and joy and wisdom and love as we cannot now imagine,"
-C.S. Lewis, Words to Live By, HarperCollins, 2009, p. 218, ISBN: 9780061950445
There is an obvious contradiction that forces us to raise questions about the definition of "gods" used in Psalm 82. The cultists I just quoted have said that we can BECOME gods, but if this verse really meant that, then there is no need to become that which we already are. If this verse really meant a "god," like unto God the Father, then we would already be "gods" according to this verse, which even the deluded cultists can see is not true.
Let's first read ALL eight verses of Psalm 82, so we can build a context and gain understanding.
God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
The "gods" being talked about here are the Judges of Israel. The word "god" (or elohim in Hebrew) has more than one usage, depending on the context:
god (n): 1. the Supreme Being; Jehovah; the eternal and infinite spirit, the creator, and the sovereign of the universe
2. a false god; a heathen deity; an idol
3. a prince; a ruler; a magistrate or judge; an angel
4. any person or thing exalted too much in estimation, or deified and honored as the chief good
(See 'god', Noah Webster's Dicitonary, 1828, [www.1828.mshaffer.com])
And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.
in authority: the judges and magistrates.
And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again, and went a whoring after Baalim, and made Baalberith their god. And the children of Israel remembered not the LORD their God, who had delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies on every side: Neither shewed they kindness to the house of Jerubbaal, namely, Gideon, according to all the goodness which he had shewed unto Israel.
Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.
Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people.
Just as God calls out the hypocrisy of those in authority in Psalm 82, so too Jesus Christ calls out the hypocrisy of those in authority in John 10:
Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?
Next, we read Jesus Christ pointing out that they call themselves "gods" as judges on behalf of God, and when the actual Son of God appears, they hypocritically attempt to execute the very One who gave them their authority.
In most cases, when you have a scoffer or a cultist come along and tell you strange doctrine based on one verse, we can go back to the chapter and read it through to get the context. The context, in conjunction with correlating verses, will easily disprove heretical doctrine.