We are better to consider the body as the shell we animate in order to experience this world and to do work here.
The idea of Gods, then becomes irrelevant. We are all potentially as much. Yet we must grow into this potential and that may take many lifetimes to achieve.
This puts the ancient teachings into proper perspective.
“While the god [deva] is a presence in the mantra, he is neither visible nor palpable in any other way. …the mantra…facilitates the god’s presence, form and functions. There can be no god apart from the mantra.” – S.K. Ramachandra Rao, Yaska’s Nirukta
“…neo-spiritualism resembles…materialism extended beyond the limits of the corporeal world, this being clearly exemplified by the crude representations of the subtle world, wrongly called spiritual…consisting almost entirely of images borrowed from the corporeal domain..” – Rene Guenon, The Reign of Quantity