Ye shall be as gods is a warning message seen in Xenogears and Xenosaga Episode I, as well as a common theme in the Xeno series, which has multiple characters trying to become god-ly and god-like, like Dmitri Yuriev. In Xeno, humans can be seen as becoming "godly" or playing the role of "god".
It originates from the mythological story of Genesis 3:5 of the Bible. In it, a serpent offered Eve a fruit and told her that if she ate it, humanity would become "like gods".
The serpent is theorized to be Satan, but this is uncertain. Biblical scholars theorize Satan was either appearing as a serpent, possessing the serpent, or deceiving Adam and Eve into believing that it was the serpent who was talking to them.
Some examples of "human becoming gods" or "god-ly" include:
- Technology being used in various ways (weapons of mass destruction, life extension, Designer Children, etc)
- Transhumanism (merging of biological and mechanical)
- Creating new lifeforms and species (such as demi-humans, Realians, etc)
- Controlling other people/lifeforms/animals, and who lives or dies
- Trying to control the Zohar
- Trying to claim the will of "God" - what "God" wants and doesn't want (especially writing a book and claiming it is the "holy word" and verbatim "word of God")
- Trying to enact man-made laws and acting as if these laws are of infallible divine authority
Both Xenogears and Xenosaga contain elements of these examples.
Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht Edit
"Ye shall be as gods" is KOS-MOS' log-in password.