Among humans 'no one has arisen greater' than John
John was, yes, a great prophet and the forerunner of Jesus the Christ. And the inspiration for the Baptist denomination from what I gather. Amen to the Biblical account of his life and martyrdom and Faith. It would behoove any Christian to take his bold honest actions to heart. I probably cannot say enough good things about John the Baptist.
Jesus said those words when Jesus himself was born from Mary; that makes John the Baptist a greater person than Jesus or Jonah.
Well, let's consider that from John's own concept---
In Mark 1: 7,
Luke 3: 16,
and John 1: 27,
it's recorded that John the Baptist said he wasn't even worthy to unlace Jesus's shoes and that Jesus was mightier than himself.
So there's really no contest when it comes to comparing Jesus to any man.
John the Baptist was Elijah reborn. Jesus said it himself. Elijah had returned (reincarnated).
But though Jesus lauded John as the greatest of those born to women, Jesus showed his disappointment at John's hesitation. John had faltered in preparing the way. He had become a stumbling block to Jesus's mission. And the Nazarene was not too subtle in mentioning this.
John had sent one of his own disciples to inquire of Jesus if he was the Messiah. John's disciples had questioned the veracity of Jesus. People were comparing Jesus unfavorably relative to John and his disciples. And that confusion could've been avoided if John had regained some of the faith he'd had as Elijah.
Though John was the greatest mortal, he was not yet ready for heaven, according to Jesus. I hope that has changed by now.
This is the problem with taking the Bible literally.
It is so consistantly contradictory throughout the entire book, that you guys are always squabbling over the details.
I still have no problem taking the Bible as the word of God. And discussion doesn't always equal "squabbling".
You might be happier if you weren't so bitter all the time. I suggest some contemplative prayer.
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