At other times, we might have corrected his usage on the spot. But this time, we played along a little. "The dealer gave you those cards....?"
No, he didn't want to blame the dealer -- simply "the poker gods."
A previous post noted the curious hint by Jesus in the Bible that humans could become gods. The Lord quoted from the Psalms....
God presides in the great assembly; he gives judgment among the "gods".... "I said, 'You are "gods"; you are all sons of the Most High.'" - Psalm 82:1, 6
Read the entire Psalm and you'll find this seems to be instruction for people -- as opposed to correction for angels or some other kind of being. Who are "sons of the Most High" supposed to be?
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. - I John 3:2 (KJV)
The apostle John indicates here believers can be "sons of God" -- or His "children," as other translations put it. That means we can be in God's family. That may sound strange, but it's Biblical.
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs -- heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. - Romans 8:16-17
An "heir to the throne" in Europe suggests someone who's a future king or queen. And the Bible indicates we can inherit a throne as well -- but not God's almighty throne, since He will not die as human royalty does.
This is a deep subject, and we may explore it further in coming posts. But this sermon explains the concept in detail (although we should note we don't agree with every detail of it).
In the meantime, when you're dealt a King at the poker table, don't dismiss it lightly -- think about how it could reflect you one day.