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Verses 21-24: “So on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne and gave an oration to them. And the people kept shouting, “The voice of a god and not of a man!” Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died. But the word of God grew and multiplied.”

Dr. Ray Stantz slowly took a couple of steps up the smoking staircase ahead of the other Ghostbusters.

Ray: Gozer the Gozerian? Good evening. As a duly-designated representative of the City, County and State of New York, I order you to cease any and all supernatural activity and return forthwith to your place of origin, or to the next convenient parallel dimension.
Dr. Peter Venkman: That oughta do it. Thanks very much, Ray.
Gozer: Are you a god?
Stantz: [looks at Venkman, who nods] No.
Gozer: Then… DIIIIIIIIE! [sends the Ghostbusters sprawling with lightning bolts]

As the Ghostbusters slowly get up from being almost blown off the building, Winston Zeddemore says, “Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a god, you say YES!”

The previous dialogue was from one of my favorite movies, Ghostbusters (https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Ghostbusters). Of course, Dr. Ray Stantz would never claim to be a god, let alone God Himself. However, some people never learn.

Herod was all set to “soak up some praise”. During his speech to the crowd, they, in a fervent frenzy, called him a god for how he was speaking. Herod could’ve corrected them; he could’ve stopped it. After all, he was the king! But he didn’t; he probably let it stoke his ego.

You don’t claim God’s glory…period. An angel of the Lord delivered the final smack down to Herod, thus ending his miserable life. Here was a man determined to end the spread of Christianity, and in the end, it was he who was stopped. Verse 24 says it all: “But the word of God grew and multiplied.”

Something to think about.

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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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