Sons of God in the Bible, are they gods?
The word ‘God’ does NOT exist in the original Hebrew or Greek Bible. The English word ‘God’ when it is used in English Bibles is a translated word that substitutes for the original Hebrew word ‘alueim’ and the original Greek word ‘theos’. The Hebrew word ‘alueim’ has the meaning of mighty-one(s), and the Greek word ‘theos’ refers to a deity, but not a specific deity. The word ‘God’ is a very poor word to use in English Bibles to translate the Hebrew word ‘alueim’, because the vernacular of the English word ‘God’ has become solely connected to refer to the Almighty Sovereign Creator of all. The word ‘God’ does not have the same meaning as the Hebrew word ‘alueim’ mighty-one(s) in the Hebrew Bible. For a complete definition of this word God and its origin, see our document – ‘Yahweh and God’ are they the same?
The title ‘Son of God’ (deity) was attributed to Yahshua (Jesus) in the New Testament (NT) but mostly by others. Yahshua called himself the ‘son of man’ some 85 times. The phrase ‘son of God’ was also attributed to many others in the Hebrew Bible (OT). The word ‘God’ is used in many English Bible translations because they just ignored the correct meaning of mighty-one(s). Therefore, when we see the designation ‘Son of God’ in many English Bibles it does NOT mean that the one that was given the title is now considered to be Yahweh’s (the Almighty-one’s) literal son. The collective people of ancient Israel were also called ‘My son’ by the Almighty, even ‘His first born’, but that was not literal, it was a designation, Exo 4:23-23.
It is clear, that the son-ship designations where used in the Bible are metaphoric because the ‘son(s) of God’ were either appointed, selected, designated, or decreed to have such a title. Furthermore, all these sons are celestial and/or terrestrial, therefore they are created beings. This is in contrast with Yahweh the Almighty Sovereign Creator, who is an incorporeal Essence (not physical), He is Ever-existing, and He is not created.
Throughout the Hebrew Bible, the Almighty Sovereign Creator Yahweh manifests Himself through His created beings. In other words, Yahweh uses His celestial and/or His terrestrial messengers, which can be angelic or human, (all of them created beings) as instruments through whom He relates to or communicates with His physical created beings. Because of His Essence and glory, it is our opinion that it is not probable, likely, or even possible for the Almighty Sovereign Creator to physically reveal Himself to His created beings.
Here are some
examples in the Bible, for the designation ‘son of
Adam was the Son of Yahweh. ’. . . Adam, which was the son of deity.’ (Luke 3:38) – a designation
David was the Son of Yahweh. ’I will declare the decree: Yahweh has said to me, you are my Son; this day have I begotten you.’ (Psalms 2:7) – decreed use
Solomon was the Son of Yahweh. ’He shall build me a house, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son’ (Chro.1 17:12-13) – a selected or appointed use
The writer of Luke gave this title to the angels (messengers) because the use of it was quite common. ‘For they are equal to the angels; and are the children of deity.’ (Luke 20:36) – created beings
Others are named in passages as ‘sons of Yahweh’ or that ‘Yahweh is their father’. The disciples were sons of Yahweh, but none said that ‘they’ were deity. ’But go to my brethren, and say to them, I ascend to my Father, and your Father; and to my deity, and your deity.’ (John 20:17) – metaphorical use
‘Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.’ (Matt. 5:48) –metaphorical use
The collective Yahudi people believed themselves to be the Children of deity. ‘They said to him, ‘We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father--even deity.’ (John 8:41) – metaphorical use
In Matthew, Mark and Luke, we also see a clear case of appointment, ‘Behold, a voice out of the heavens said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.’ Matt 3:17, 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35. – by appointment or designation
We can see
that this phrase – ‘son(s) of
God mighty-one(s)’ in Hebrew or ‘son(s) of
deity’ in Greek, where used, are in all cases metaphorical. When English Bible
translations use the translated word God for the Hebrew word ‘Alueim’ which has
the meaning of mighty-one(s) it can completely complicate passages, making them
false. The word God cannot properly connect to Yahweh in every case, since the
Almighty Sovereign Creator is NOT physical, he does not have literal physical
Now there was a day when the sons of
God (mighty-ones) came to present themselves before Yahweh.’ (Job
1:6) - this is a metaphorical use in a Hebrew folktale, many English
translations use the false term ‘God’ instead of the correct term ‘mighty-ones’
for this passage. Nothing in the book of Job actually happened.
A false use of the word ‘God’ can be seen here: ‘And it
came to pass after these things, that
God (mighty-one(s) did
tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, I am here’. Gen
22:1 ‘And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou
lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt
offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of’. Gen
22:2. Questions, does the Almighty Sovereign Creator of all
tempt anyone? Answer No. (James 1:13). Does he require human sacrifices? Answer
No. (Jer 7:22, Isa 1:11-12). The use of the word God translated for the Hebrew
meaning of mighty-one(s) in the English passages of Gen. 22:1-18 are false.
Here is another
example of a false use for the translated word ‘God’ in English Bibles. ‘The sons
saw that the daughters of adam-kind were attractive. And they took as their
wives any they chose. When the sons of God (mighty-ones)
came in to the daughters of adam-kind and they bore children to them. These
were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renowned (having a reputation)’, (Gen.
6:2 - 4). The fact is these were not sons of ‘Yahweh’ (God) they were sons of ‘mighty-ones’,
Christians cannot take the passages referring to ‘Yahshua’s divinity, and then ignore the same divinity connection that exists for Adam, Solomon and the others in the Bible who were also called or designated to be ‘sons of the Almighty-one’.
Finally, as Yahshua was designated a ‘son of the Father’ (Matt 3:17, 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35), so are all those that also do the will of the Father, for Yahshua himself is quoted to have said, ‘whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother’, ( Mat 12:50 ). If those that do the will of the Father are designated to be Yahshua’s siblings (per to Yahshua’s recorded words) they must also have the same ‘heavenly Father’ . . . . . . (metaphorical use of course).
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