Bill Murray again helps us understand theosis. Importantly, he gets the key attribute of gods in the ancient world: immortality. And it is this attribute that early Christians latched onto when discussing deification from the key text of Psalm 82:6-7: ‘I said you are gods and sons of the most High, but you will die like men…’. Humans die but gods are immortal. So when patristic writers like Irenaeus interpreted this passage, he read it through the lens of 1 Corinthians 15 and the like where humans become immortal through Christ and the Spirit and thus become gods.
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