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Verse 8: “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.”

Although I didn’t like Ghostbusters 2 as much as I liked the first Ghostbusters movie, the sequel still had its moments. One of those moments came when the boys were investigating a river of slime flowing under New York City. While Dr. Ray Stantz was investigating it, Dr. Egon Spengler and Dr. Peter Venkman were up top, maintaining the image of city workers who looked like they were supposed to be drilling a hole in the street…until the police came by, asking why they’re digging up a busy street. The usually scientifically verbose Spengler quietly defers to his “boss”, Venkman, who immediately launches into a tirade about them trying to locate and fix a gas leak. Later, when the cops and a real utilities worker comes back (telling them that the gas leak story doesn’t check out), Peter tries another story about power line problems or the like…which the police don’t fall for either. Of course, this winds the boys up in court, where they wind up saving the day for a judge pursued by two vindictive gangster ghosts.

The character of Peter Venkman, while he is indeed a doctor of psychology and para-psychology, often uses an underrated talent of convincing people that he’s something when he’s not (e.g., con-man, etc.). When talking to the cop, he sounds like a competent, confident (if somewhat annoyed) city worker. He might convince most people that he is a legitimate utilities worker, when he is far from it.

Paul was warning the Colossians of much the same thing; he didn’t want the Colossian converts to fall prey to the smooth words of the philosophers stating that, although Jesus Christ was good, that they needed more in addition. Paul was urging them that that was far from true. He was telling them again that Christ is the “real thing” and all they needed. In the vernacular of modern advertising:
accept no substitutes!

Something to think about.

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