Who is the greatest?

Contradiction #3

If you ask any Christian this Question: “Who is the Greatest Person to ever live?

JESUS, would probably be your answer 99.99% of the time.

But wait this gives me a little confusion.  Why?  Because in separate occasions the Bible says Solomon was the greatest, and in a different part of the bible Jesus himself is saying John the Baptist is the greatest.  So who is the greatest????

Solomon

 I have given thee [Solomon] a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. 1 Kings 3:12

Jesus

 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. Matthew 12:42

The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. Luke 11:31

John the Baptist

 “Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he,” said Jesus Matthew 11:11

It’s somewhat odd to me that in the Old Testament, the bible says Solomon is the greatest not just at that moment, but the greatest of all time.  And that no man ever will be greater than him not in the past or in the future.  Than in the Gospels it says; Oh never mind Jesus is now the greatest.  Ever greater than Soloman, Never Mind.  But then Jesus who is now supposed to be the new greatest person alive now says John the Baptist is the greatest.  (He says that John the Baptist is the greatest person ever born of a women, which makes him greater than Jesus.)

So what should I assume, that the bible changed it’s mind three times or that John the Baptist is now greater than Jesus???

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About M. Rodriguez

When I first received Christ salvation, I made it a priority to read the whole bible and I did. But it was the Bible that made me question my faith. For I found it flawed and lacking. Due to this I launched a personal inquiry/investigation into my faith, and ultimately realized that the Christian God of the Bible was indeed man-made. Now I Blog about those findings and life after Christ.
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9 Responses to Who is the greatest?

  1. Seeing as the Bible is not a single book but a collection of stories and “books” written in different languages over a long, long period of time thousands of years ago, it’s difficult to make the claim that the term “great” meant exactly the same thing to all. I’m sure an accomplished Christian apologist could come up with a convoluted and incredibly complex justification for this confusion.

  2. prairienymph says:

    Well, Solomon was a womaniser, or at least a political trader of women – who knows what he actually did with them. John the Baptist was deficient in hygiene and tact. Jesus gave some good advice and some bad advice. I’m voting Ruth greatest because her story promotes valuation of women and immigrants.
    Since the god of the bible changes his mind regularly, why be surprised that this collection of books is not coherent either?

    • Ryan says:

      🙂 to me it seems like you just generalised to make your point. I assuming you know there’s more to it than that.

      • “I (sic) assuming you know there’s more to it than that.”
        Such as?

      • Ryan says:

        For example, if someone intended to belittle Van Gogh they might claim that he was just a poor Dutch man who cut off his left ear. That is an unfair generalisation. The man was so much more than that.

        To slap some labels on an individual doesn’t necessarily validate a person’s premise. To write “John the Baptist was deficient in hygiene and tact” is making an assumption about the man. It is not grounds for a justified premise.

  3. Ryan says:

    Hi, thebiblereader

    You posted:

    “It’s somewhat odd to me that in the Old Testament, the bible says Solomon is the greatest not just at that moment, but the greatest of all time.”

    Just considering, Does the Bible say this?

    It reads: I have given thee [Solomon] a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. 1 Kings 3:12

    I don’t read in the Bible that Solomon is the greatest.

    From my understanding :

    there is no one like Solomon.

    It doesnt read that he is the greatest that will ever exist.

    Hope your week goes well

  4. Ryan says:

    Hi, thebiblereader, Hope you are well.

    Do you mind if I keep you in my prayers?

    I hope that doesn’t sound wierd, I just thought Id ask

  5. humblesmith says:

    As Ryan pointed out, 1 Kings 3 merely says that there will be none like Solomon…..it does not say he was the “greatest.” Nor do any of these passages define what is meant by “greatest.”
    If you read the account of Solomon carefully, what the Bible says he was given was practical wisdom to lead the government. He was not given spiritual wisdom. No where does it say that Solomon was the greatest of all time.

    Thus again, no contradictions in the Bible.

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