Was Solomon an Inspired Author of the Bible?
Mohamad Mostafa Nassar
Christians believe that the Holy Spirit dwelled inside and inspired the authors of the Bible to write the word of God. They do not believe that they are the words of men, but the words of God. Lets look at a few passages from the Bible that Christians use to support the theory that the authors were inspired by God.
2 Timothy 3:16
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (KJV).
1 Thessalonians 2:13
“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” (KJV)
2 Peter 1:20-21
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (KJV)”
However, Christians also believe that the Holy Spirit does not dwell in anyone except if he was a believer. They also believe that once the Holy Spirit dwells inside you and inspires you and becomes a part of your life that it will never leave you. That it will remain within you forever.
That is why whenever you see Christians leaving Christianity you would always hear Christians saying “Well he was never a Christian in the first place because he never had the Holy Spirit”
Christians still do not know how the Holy Spirit inspired the writers. There are many theories to it. Read this article to see some http://www.religioustolerance.org/chr_insp.htm
Now back to my point. Christians believe Solomon to have been the author of:
31 chapters of the Book of Proverbs
One of the authors of the Book of Psalms
12 chapters of Ecclesiastes
8 Chapters of the Song of Songs
Let’s see what the bible says about Solomon
1 Kings 11:4-7
4 As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been. 5 He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech [a] the detestable god of the Ammonites. 6 So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the LORD; he did not follow the LORD completely, as David his father had done.
7 On a hill east of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable god of Moab, and for Molech the detestable god of the Ammonites.
The Bible portrays Solomon as an idol worshipper. Isn’t it ironic that the Bible teaches against idol worship (Exodus 20:4) yet one of the authors of the Bible is an idol worshipper? The Quran corrects this mistake of the Bible here
And follow that which the devils falsely related against the kingdom of Solomon. Solomon disbelieved not; but the devils disbelieved, teaching mankind magic and that which was revealed to the two angels in Babel, Harut and Marut. Nor did they (the two angels) teach it to anyone till they had said: We are only a temptation, therefore disbelieve not (in the guidance of Allah).
And from these two (angles) people learn that by which they cause division between man and wife; but they injure thereby no-one save by Allah’s leave. And they learn that which harmeth them and profiteth them not. And surely, they do know that he who trafficketh therein will have no (happy) portion in the Hereafter; and surely evil is the price for which they sell their souls, if they but knew.
Christians also condemn polygamy. However, Solomon was a polygamous man with 700 wives and 300 concubines. (1 Kings 11:3)
So now we have one of the authors of the Bible who is supposed to be inspired by the Holy Spirit as an idol worshipping polygamous man. How can the Holy Spirit inspire someone as such? Solomon died an idol worshipper. How did he die an idol worshipper if the Holy Spirit inspired him at first to write those books that he wrote? Did the Holy Spirit dwell in Solomon and then leave him? But the Holy Spirit is supposed to dwell forever in the person according to Christians?
According to 2 Peter 1:20-21 these authors were supposed to be holy men. Can a polygamous idol worshipping man be considered holy? Was Solomon really an author of the Bible? If you insist that he was, then do you really think that he was inspired? If he wasn’t, then the books that he wrote are not inspired and not the word of God.
By Bassam Zawadi
Allah knows Best.
Almighty Allah is the highest and most knowledgeable, and the attribution of knowledge to him is the safest.
Right from Almighty Allah and wrong from me and Satan
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