Most people would like to be like God. In fact, they would like to be “God-like”. [perhaps they would like to be God].
A lot of religions would have this thought in mind, to be closer to “their” deity, the God of their fathers, or the god of their traditions.
This could be through insecurity, through fear of the unknown. Wanting to be like god, whoever one might suppose him to be, or suppose what that might mean, shows a desire to be more in control, to have more power than one presently might perceive to possess.
The god of the imaginings might be more of a “magic” god, who can do things that are outside of the ordinary or normal experience of men. And one certainly would not like to “cross” god, or oppose him.
Many religions can approach god to a certain level, but not many could approach god to the point where they become “at one” with him, although various religions who may have a theory of merging consciousness, usually eastern ones, might challenge this. But what are the realities that result from such (eastern ) religions?
Christianity has at its beginnings, the story of Adam who deviated from divine favour by attempting to take for himself this divine consciousness. His failure lay in his immaturity to be able to deal with the result of it. Yet divine consciousness is also the goal of the divine for his creation, but immaturity is not the vehicle or environment for it to be able to realise that mission.
There came a point in history where this divine mission was to be clarified, to become focused in one man.
When this divine consciousness was revealed, it came with all the signs that would testify as to its authenticity, authority, and power. There were things heard and seen that never before had been heard and seen. The process of maturity when guided by the true God, brought his story to a conclusion, but to those initially observing this, brought it to an end. But then came the resurrection.
The “magic” power of God had been revealed. The one who revealed it, Jesus, himself testified to the authenticity of prior scripture that said “…ye are Gods”. We humans are gods in the making, and that “making” is meant to end in communion with, in relationship with, and in being at one with, God.
“Partakers of the divine nature” 2 Peter 1-3,4. “… I said, ye are gods…” Psalm 82-6, John 10-34. [God’s forgiving Spirit who forgave us is the same one we internalise to forgive ourselves and others].