This is a short tract about men and women who are believed to be divine.

Do not put your faith in Prince Philip, Maradona or Tendulkar

Mathematician Pythagoras was worshipped by many.

He urged his followers to worship the Number 10.

He died in 495 BC.

Alexander the Great was revered as a god.

Some say he is responsible for 3,500,000 deaths.

He died in 323 BC.

Caesar Augustus was worshiped by millions.

His followers believed he could wipe away their sins.

He died in 14 AD.

Emperor Caligula claimed to be divine.

He planned to make his horse, Incitatus, a consul.

He died in 41 AD.

US president, George Washington is considered a god in Hawaii.

He inherited ten slaves from his father when he was just 11.

He died in 1799.

Adolf Hitler was the dictator of Germany.

This is what Joseph Goebbels said about him.

“Our Fuhrer is the intermediary between his people and the throne of God.”

Hitler shot himself in 1945.

Aleister Crowley was an English black magician.

He created a religion and claimed to be divine.

He died in 1947.

Haile Selassie was the emperor of Ethiopia.

Rastafarians worship him as the King of kings and Lord of lords.

He died in 1975.

Mother Teresa was a famous Roman Catholic nun.

In the city of Kolkata some worship her as a goddess.

She died in 1997.

Tendulkar is one of the greatest cricketers ever.

He scored 51 test centuries for India.

There is a temple in India where they worship him as a god.

One day he will die.

Diego Maradona was one of the finest footballers ever.

Worldwide 200,000 worship him as Lord and Saviour.

He has abused drugs, alcohol and food.

One day he will die.

HRH the Duke of Edinburgh is married to the Queen of England.

On the island of Tanna many worship him as a god.

He is known for being grumpy and rude.

One day he will die.

When will we learn?

Jesus Christ came into the world to rescue sinners from death.

He died on a cross.

He was raised from the dead.

He has defeated death and decay.

He has opened a door to a new and perfect world.

He is the King of kings and Lord of lords (Rev 19:16).

Do not put your faith in false gods and saviours.

Do not trust in Tendulkar, Prince Philip or Maradona.

Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will live forever in a new heaven and a new earth (2 Peter 3:13).

Mark Roques

Mark Roques

Mark taught Philosophy and Religious Education at Prior Park College, Bath, for many years. As Director of RealityBites he has developed a rich range of resources for youth workers and teachers. He has spoken at conferences in the UK, Holland, South Korea, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Mark is a lively storyteller and the author of four books, including The Spy, the Rat and the Bed of Nails: Creative Ways of Talking about Christian Faith. His work is focused on storytelling and how this can help us to communicate the Christian faith. He has written many articles for the Baptist Times, RE Today, Youthscape, Direction magazine and the Christian Teachers Journal.