No other person has made so much difference in so many lives as He has. The changes have been overwhelmingly positive. The negatives come with any situation that involves human beings striving for power. Jesus never strove for power. The Vikings, The Picts, The Filipinos, were all violent warrior races. The were all made into gentle and productive people by Jesus.
Only one worthy of saying role model. He did not sin and lead by example. Man of us cannot complete simple mundane tasks yet he was able to keep faith, stand up for rights and be a role model. None of us can really do that..He who didn't sin...Throw the first stone..He is the only one who can...
Jesus of Nazareth is God. He would have to be the greatest person to live (he is still alive) No one does what Jesus has done so far and I don't think there will be any good contenders against him. God will always be the best. Jesus is God ok.
The Gospels are the greatest written works of all time and the best selling works of all time. Why? Because Jesus speaks to us in them and the utter brilliance of His Words as they soak into our hearts and minds in unlike any other and truly of divine origin. If you have not read The Gospels or understood them in living a spiritual life, your opinion to the contrary is baseless and uninformed.
The existence of Jesus is obvious, if he did not exist then no one would worshipp him. Thr existence of the 12 disciples isnt disputed, hoe coulf these people be inspired to die if jesus never rexisted? One of them was even boiled alive for his belief in Jesus. Secondly, jesus preached love for one another and alms fot the poor centuries before Gandi or any other leaser. Its even documented that Gandi gives credit to Jesus fot hid pacifist protest. Jesus was the original pacifist who called for peace abd respect for authority. He has influenced the entire world and tplays huge part in todays moral character
Who, being in very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2: 6-11).
Therefore, how can we say that Jesus was the greatest man that ever lived? Moreover, the New Testament is replete with errors and contradictions. How then can we call him God, much less the greatest man that ever lived? If you're reading this, then you're greater than Jesus Christ was.
"Greatest" is going to be a completely subjective matter in the first place. What is "great" to one person is rubbish to another. Never mind that calling a person the "greatest man who has ever lived" requires an assignment of value to particular traits of people to compare. It's a silly exercise just meant to reassure believers of what they already believe.
Second, there isn't any contemporary historical evidence Jesus even LIVED. Could there have been an itinerant Jewish preacher named Yeshua ben Yosef that was executed by the Romans for sedition? Sure. The JEws of the time had claimed "Messiah" figures by the sackful, and the Romans were pretty keen on putting down dissidents to the Empire. But there is simply no verification for Jesus- nothing was written about him until DECADES after his alleged death, and even Paul never mentioned Jesus (just "Chrestus", the TITLE not name, which he never assigned to a specific person). Later Christians just assumed he MUST have meant Jesus after the Gospel tales. The Gospels are also inaccurate and contradictory, including contradicting basic history of the region, and show far too great of a correlation to older god-man myths of the region to be taken at face value. Never mind that there is literally zero evidence for any alleged miracles.
It is most likely that if old "Josh, son of Joe" lived, he was just a wandering preacher of the Essene Jewish tradition and later proponents merged his story with that of other alleged Messiahs (like Appolonius of Tyana) and older myths to create a new tale on which to sell their new religion.
And if you want to get technical about it, I wouldn't consider as candidate for "greatest man" a person in whose name and by whose "words" so much evil has been done.
But in this case I think it's pretty safe to say that having little if any direct, verifiable evidence of one's existence and only allegorical evidence of any life-deeds committed by a person would make it just a little difficult to peg that person with such a title as "greatest man that ever lived".
Possible contenders for the role of "greatest man" would depend on your definition of "great". I would prefer to break it down into smaller roles, as the greatest astrophysicist might have been a horrible lover, and the greatest lover might have been unable to find the Big Dipper.
Try Gandhi at least he was real. As for blasphemy that's laughable. Blasphemy is more about your own ego then it is about god after all gods are imaginary. Why is it OK for all religions to spout their beliefs in total opposition to each other but saying they're all wrong is disrespectful? Question everything and have a nice day.
It would not be wise to claim that a homeless man was the greatest man who ever lived. Jesus of Nazareth had admirable characteristics but that does not make him the greatest. The values he espoused were also very questionable. For example when Jesus said "whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also." Turning the other cheek is a bit unrealistic. If someone slaps me, I will return what they gave twice as hard.
Lets put the theology and religious bickering aside and actually look at this logically! Jesus was not the greatest (or most influential) man who ever lived. And yes, I believe (as do most scholars) the historical Jesus actually existed.
The cornerstone of Christianity was the death and resurrection of Jesus. Well who put Jesus to death? THE ROMANS! Crucifixion was a method of execution used by who?? THE ROMANS! Pontius Pilate was a prefect of Judaea on behalf of who? THE ROMANS!
Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to temple and turned over the money changing tables. This put Jesus at odds with the Sadducees, who later arrested him and turned him over to THE ROMANS. Why were there money changing table there?? Because Jews coming to the temple to make sacrifices had to change there money for special temple currency that was pure enough to be used to buy animals for sacrifice. Why was the money they had not pure??? Because it had a likeness of Caesar on it! Why were they carrying around Roman money? Because they had to pay ROMAN TAXES.
So what am I getting at here?? The Romans had concurred Judaea and occupied it. Jews used Roman money, paid Roman taxes, were subject to Roman law... And if the broke it they could be executed in the Roman method of crucifixion on a Roman cross.
Who concurred Judaea (as well as many other lands) that caused all of this?? Alexander the Great. Without Alexander the Great there would be no Roman occupation, no Roman law, no Roman crucifixion on a Roman cross and no need to have money changing tables in the Temple to exchange Roman coinage.
After Jesus's death men like Peter and Paul used the vast network of Roman roads and cities to spread early Christianity. Why were these roads and cities there??? Because Alexander the Great concurred these lands and built Greco-Roman infrastructure to network the empire in order to profit and secure it, and collect taxes on behalf of Rome.
Now Jesus and Christianity aside... Alexander the Great, who studied under Aristotle, also spread Hellenistic influence over vast lands and cultures known as the Greco-Roman world. He spread Greco-Roman influence, technology, art, philosophy, architecture, economics, infrastructure etc. In my opinion the most important person in history is Alexander the Great.
There are so many better people that have helped so many more in so many ways. For example the biology engineer that engendered crops that can grow in Africa in the most harshest conditions, that can feed so many people (currently stopped from doing that because of fear), how about people of red cross, ETC omfg so many good people on this world AGAINST the supposed actions of a person who many have and haven't existed
If by "Greatest" you mean his net contribution to the positive welfare of mankind, then certainly not. All one has to do it tally a utilitarian assessment of the moral ramifications of Christianity over the last two thousand years. Christians were more interested in fighting wars, hunting witches, and determining whether of not someones apparition of the "virgin" Mary was legitimate. There's a reason they call it the dark ages. Today? The health of a society is statistically correlated with non-religiosity.
If Jesus really was the omnipotent and all-loving creator of the Universe, and really did change peoples lives, we should expect better outcomes.
Assuming Jesus ever actually existed (of which there is serious doubt), the actions he conducts in the Bible show him not to be the greatest man who ever lived. He curses people out, acts intolerantly, acts even violently, and then selfishly commits suicide to be in paradise while his followers suffer and die.
First of all, I'm going to roughly define "great" as "accomplished/influential", since that is generally what people mean when talking about "great" historical figures.
Jesus was a homeless Hebrew preacher who gathered up a loyal crowd of disciples to follow a reformed version of Judaism. I'm sure he had noble qualities, since he preached peace and love, but that does not necessarily make him "great".
One might argue that he started the world's most popular religion, but in reality, Jesus was not directly responsible for Christianity's popularity. At the time of his death, Christianity was not really even a new religion; it was a version of Judaism with a couple thousand followers.
The Apostles, St. Paul, and other early Christian missionaries were the ones who popularized it.