Everything That Glitters Isn't Gold
Ken D. Trivette
I Kings 10:14-17
I recently read of a most unusual fellow by the name of Ferdinand Demara: born Dec.12, 1921; died June 7, 1972. Demara lived a most interesting life. Over the course of 3 decades he:
Taught classes in Psychology
Worked as a Zoologist
Served as dean of the School of Philosophy at Pennsylvania's Gannon College
Taught science at a Catholic boy's school
Did cancer research in Seattle
Worked as a civil engineer in the Yucatan
Directed a student counseling center
Taught Latin, English, and French at a High School in Maine
Served as Deputy Sheriff in Washington State
Was a law student
Served as assistant warden of a Texas prison
Counseled terminally ill patients at Good Samaritan Hospital in Anaheim, California
Now you are probably thinking that this Demara fellow was exceptionally brilliant, extremely educated, and energetically driven. But the truth is, Demara had never even finished high school. He was an impostor. Ferdinand Demara is considered by many to be history's most cunning impostor. His life was portrayed by actor Tony Curtis in the movie called "THE GREAT IMPOSTOR."
Probably, his boldest deception occurred during the Korean War. He posed as a lieutenant-surgeon in the Royal Canadian Navy. He absorbed as much as he could from Medical texts and journals and successfully operated on dozens of wounded South Korean servicemen and civilians. On one occasion, under less than favorable conditions, Demara removed a bullet lodged less than an inch from a patient's heart. He was hailed as the "miracle doctor," but all the time he was not the real thing. 1
1. As we all know, everything is not Coca-Cola: "The Real Thing." Many times they wear the 7-UP label: "Never Had It, Never Will."
2. In I Kings we find an interesting story that concerns the gold shields of Solomon. There are 3 chapters in the history of these shields.
1. WE SEE THAT THE SHIELDS WERE SYMBOLIC!
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