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King Solomon and his God's given wisdom

Updated on September 30, 2012

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 However in the writer’s journey with an unborn child in his unpublished work, it was made known that it was out of God’s wisdom and the divine understanding of religious tolerance that made the wise King to permit his wives to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.




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    • davidkaluge profile imageAUTHOR

      davidkaluge 

      6 years ago

      Yes, the change part will be a good topic to talk about. I already have it mentioned in my unpublished work in which I journeyed with an unborn child. However, it is an important topic to make a hub about. I am glad that you are among the few that welcome tolerance as a good lesson.

      Thanks for your understanding in the need for us to respect and tolerate others as we want same for us.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excuse me on the King part. The part about change will make a good hub.

      Tolerance is always a good lesson.

    • davidkaluge profile imageAUTHOR

      davidkaluge 

      6 years ago

      That was King Solomon action which proved how he thought about the diverse religions. I am glad you like and got something from it. I do agree that God never change while men can/do change but I asked why will he change his laws when he is still same. However, what is important in this hub is that King Solomon with his divine wisdom tolerated the religion of others and the world will be a lot better if men from different religion can learn to do same today.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I like it. I have never heard Solomon taught as a lesson on religious tolerance, but it works for me. Not being "under the law" does not mean not learning from it.

      No one suggests that God changes, but it is clear that man does. So what God taught us as infants, He teaches us differently as adolescents.

    • davidkaluge profile imageAUTHOR

      davidkaluge 

      6 years ago

      Well, it can be said you missed the point because you are under the new law like you said. Under the old law, many wives may be normal however we do not really need the old or new law to understand why we should respect the feelings of the ladies. However, the point is that for King Solomon with his God's given wisdom was able to respect the gods of his wives which means that religious tolerance is important and divine. But like mentioned some Christians did not see anything right about it. They condemned his actions. That is why it was questioned if his wisdom failed meanwhile we know, as it is claimed, that God never fails. I came across Exodus 22:28 and I just wrote something on it. I am glad you learned a lesson. Now that you mentioned new law, do you think same God that gave the old law gave the new while same God does not change? Then since he gave both laws and he welcomed the old law at a particular time why would he now condemn same law he welcomed and instructed when he, as a God, is still same. The truth is that even the said old law is still practiced by the Jews so all is a matter of opinion as Christianity want to establish their stand with such point.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Somehow I think I missed your point. For me, I am not bound by the old law. But I learn valuable lessons from it. So what am I to learn from Solomon?

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