Becoming gods

“Immortals” - Theseus is a mortal man chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion, who is on a rampage across Greece to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity.

 “Zuul the Gatekeeper of Gozer in Ghostbusters” - a demigod and minion of Gozer, The Destructor.  It was worshiped by the Mesopotamians, Sumerians and Hittites in 6000 BC, along with Gozer.

 “Hercules” – Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.

“Thor” – The powerful but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.

 “Wrath of the Titans” – Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world.

“Immortal – Ad Vitam” - In the distant future, Earth is occupied by ancient gods and genetically altered humans. When a god is sentenced to death he seeks a new human host and a woman to bear his child.

What do these summaries have in common?  They are all movies about gods.  People seem to be fascinated with gods.   Not mentioned is the series of Star War movies.  “One of the prominent elements of Star Wars is the "Force", an omnipresent energy that can be harnessed by those with that ability, known as Force-sensitives. It is described in the first produced film as "an energy field created by all living things [that] surrounds us, penetrates us, [and] binds the galaxy together."[7] The Force allows users to perform various supernatural feats (such as telekinesis, clairvoyance, precognition, and mind control) and can amplify certain physical traits, such as speed and reflexes; these abilities vary between characters and can be improved through training. While the Force can be used for good, it has a dark side that, when pursued, imbues users with hatred, aggression, and malevolence.” (wikipedia / wiki/ Star_Wars)

An Israeli historian, Yuval Noah Harari, has just published a book called Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind which has been translated into 30 languages.  He states that within 200 years human beings will gradually merge with technology and become cyborgs.  He says that whether by genetic engineering or technology, our programmed dissatisfaction will guide us into a biological manipulated or genetic-engineered evolution that will result in a part organic part non-organic god-like being.

Why are people so enamored by the idea of gods, battles between gods, and the possibility of human beings being either part god or gods in human form?  This lesson will discuss this and many other questions as we look to the Bible for answers.

Lesson Objective:  By the end of the lesson biblical the student should understand the subtle danger of self-worship.  The student will be reminded of who God is and who the student is.   

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