Divinization. The Sandkings.

Divinization: the act, process, or an instance of investing with a divine character or of making into an object of worship…
Analogy: a comparison made to show such a similarity… followers of Herbert Armstrong who hold him up as a man of God.

Some of man’s greatest achievements have been motivated by a driving need for love and acceptance. What happens when that need for recognition, becomes a desire to be revered, and then worshiped…like a god?



Dr. Simon Kress’ (Beau Bridges) research for the government on Martian life is aborted because one of his specimens escaped his lab and almost made it to the surface. However, Kress doesn’t agree with the abandonment of the project and decides to continue his experiments in his barn. He steals some sand containing Martian eggs from his lab and creates a makeshift incubator to hatch more of the Martian lifeforms.

The sandkings evolve into two distinct groups, a white group and a red group, and settle on opposite sides of their glass enclosure. Kress comes to believe that he is a god to his sandkings when the white group builds a sand structure that resemble his face.

We all know the story. While all of the salivating wannabes were coffin-drooling around the time of Herbie’s foreseeable departure, the new job of “Pastor General” went to JWT. So, all the indignant wannabes took their marbles, left “God’s only true church,” and started their own cults. Please note: They had all condemned Garner Ted Armstrong for doing this exact thing a few years earlier. Naturally, most of these bozos claimed to have the “anointing” now moved to them exclusively. There could be no room for any competition here. “God” had supposedly chosen a “new-improved” anointed one… More HERE.