- Religion and Philosophy
King Solomon and his God's given wisdom
The biblical story of King Solomon is well known and it is said that King Solomon asked God for wisdom and God did not only grant his request but also added other blessings to it. It is for this reason that people say, “as wise as Solomon.” However, some Christians believe that King Solomon made many mistakes despite his God given wisdom. King Solomon proved his wisdom by his right judgment as King and it was also said that he experienced no war during his reign.
Those Christians that think King Solomon made mistakes and condemned his actions do so for the following reasons:
1) The wise king did not only marry many wives but also had many concubines. One can easily wonder if it is right for a man with God’s given wisdom to do such even though such acts may be acceptable in his time. This is because in the current Christian doctrines/teachings, it is wrong for a Christian to marry more than one wife.
2) The wise King married from other countries. That is he married non-Israelite that did not know the God of Israel.
3) The king did not only marry non-Israelite but also allowed them to bring their Gods to Israel.
It seems why most Christians think the King made a mistake was that he allowed his wives to bring in their Gods. Then it becomes difficult to understand why a wise King that operated under the influence/wisdom of God would make such mistakes. However in the writer’s journey with an unborn child in his unpublished work, it was made known that it was out of God’s wisdom and the divine understanding of religious tolerance that made the wise King to permit his wives to bring in their Gods but the main reason the God of his fathers felt disappointed, may be, because the King also worshiped those strange Gods. That is he ignored his own God to worship the strange Gods.
It is also known that the God of Israel promised to punish the people after the king is gone. It is for this reason that the unborn child exclaimed, “Why must the innocent suffer for the sins and mistakes of others. Why not punish the person that commits a sin and not his followers.”
The writer knows that some Christians still believe that King Solomon was a wise King and they do not see anything wrong with his actions. Whatever maybe the case and whatever other Christians may think, the question still remains, for those that think the King made mistakes, why would King Solomon make such mistakes despite his God’s given wisdom? Even though we may not have the answers, it is not surprising that many Christians still condemn men that teach religious tolerance in this current age.