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What Is Greater Than God

What is greater than God,
More evil than the devil,
The poor have it,
The rich need it,
And if you eat it, you'll die?

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 ---wade on 1/19/06
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[1] God is greater, Mightier, Wisest, Wonderful, Just, Fair, and will throw you in hell if you die without Him. [2] Satan is one big UGG, ugly. [3] The poor has our sympathy. [4] The rich needs sympathy but never gets it, especially, if Obama has his way. Poor rich folks. [5] poison.
---pat on 12/5/12

Well, pardon me but this sounds "off!"...Nothing & Nobody greater than God. Like the song " nobody greater, noboby greater JESUS..nobody can heal like you can
AWESOME in all you do.
Because you are the great "I am"
You hewn out. of God's redemption
Plan Most Holy One you are the great "I am" so you see nobody greater than you! Love of JESUS!
---ELENA on 12/2/12

Psalms 90:2
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting,thou are God.
---Patricia on 8/26/12

Absolutely nothing is above/greater/older than God, not even nothing itself.

This question is as impossible, illogical, and irrational as it can be.
---Supera on 8/26/12

There is no answer its impossable for nothing to be greater than god. How can you conseve nothing? When you try to think of it there is something. So if you understand the concept it cant be. But how can god be greater than nothing? I that is so everything is better than him and he is reduced to lower than nothing, which would be nothing. But how can nothing be greater than him if nothing has never existed. If nothing has ever existed nothing would alwayse exist.
---Ptown on 11/24/09

Nothing is greater than god
nothing is more evil than the devil
the poor have nothing
the rich need nothing
ad if you it nothing you will die
---Makayla on 7/23/08

NOTHING whatsoever!
---Carla5754 on 6/14/08

Todd, I still do not understand Eloy's answer, even after he's come back with an 'explanation'. Do you understand him?
---RitaH on 6/14/08

RitaH "What are you talking about?"

I found that so incredibly funny for some reason.
I'm glad I read some of the old posts on this blog...I'm still laughing. :-)
---Todd1 on 6/13/08

What is the answer to the riddle, Wade? I am anxious to know.....:)
---jody on 6/13/08

Kudos, Wade. This is a fun riddle. Reminds me of the ones Samson used, But, actually, there's NOTHING greater than GOD. So it's...nothing.
---Gordon on 6/13/08

Rita, a fantasy is an unreal mental image, an imagination, a dream. Thus "fantasy" accurately answers all of the questions.
---Eloy on 6/12/08

I think the answer could also be money, it is great because it controls the world, it is evil because it can be used for evil things, the poor have some money and the rich always think they need more, and the last time i checked, u rnt supposed 2 eat paper.
---Jackalo on 6/11/08

Eloy I don't understand your answer. Are you saying that FANTASY is greater than God, more evil than the devil, the poor have fantasy and the rich need fantasy and if we eat fantasy we die? What are you talking about?
---RitaH on 10/30/07

The answer is "nothing".
---Ann5758 on 10/30/07

What is greater than God? What a silly question. Nothing or noone is greater or mightier than the one, true, living,talking, breathing, all knowing, all powerful, God.
---catherine on 3/19/07

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Fantasy fits all five categories.
---Eloy on 3/19/07

Hmm... wouldn't the answer be nothing? Because nothing is greater than God, nothing is more evil than the devil, the poor have nothing, the rich need nothing, and if you eat nothing, you die! That's a good riddle.
---Elie on 3/18/07

how is this a helpful blog?? its entertaining but....never mind
---Jared on 11/7/06

Obviously, as many other man-made 'riddles' go, this one falls flat on its face UNLESS you remove the two phrases "The poor have it, The rich need it" because their part in the riddle is based on big fat worldly proverbs instead of Truth! In that case, the answer 'NOTHING' is correct for the other three; if you allow 'nothing' to be called an 'it' (which should actually be 'something'), so even then it's logically incorrect! ;-)
---danie9374 on 10/3/06

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kindergarteners and College students WERE NOT polled for this riddle(so the 80% /17% numbers are false)

allthough the nature of the riddle does mean that more young children would get the answer than older people.

this riddle was not used in any paul harvey Interviews, It was rumored to be from harvey when it was circulated with a essay about learning to be a decent person(that was also falsly attributed to PH, the author of the essay was Lee Pitts, although P. Harvey did air it in '97)
---jcb on 8/27/06

My first thought was that the answer was "Religion". Its the root of all evil in the world because people take it too seriously and are willing to kill and die for it. If everyone just took religion with a grain of salt and realized that the foundation was created to get people through dificult times and explain what, at that time, was un-explainable, the world would be a much better place. Worship what you want, it can be healthy, but just remember that it is just a tool and not the truth.
---JP on 8/11/06

I know the answer's 'nothing'. But 'chocolate' fits quite well too....
---smelly on 7/21/06

Maya ... You say the rich need nothing?
One could say they need everything, including honesty generosity, health all sorts of thingg,
& Most of all, like us, they need Jesus.
But then it is not a Christian riddle is it? The poor have nothing? Read the Beatitudes!
---alan8869_of_UK on 5/3/06

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The answer is NOTHING. NOTHING is greater then God, NOTHING is more evil than the devil, The poor have NOTHING,The rich need NOTHING and if u eat NOTHING, you'll die
---Maya on 5/3/06

The nothing doesn't refer to the rich not needing anything. The nothing refers to the fact that no object meets all the requirements of the riddle. Tommy if the answer is "Nothing" the riddle is unChristian. As you say, the Rich do not need nothing ... unless they already have God ... then and only then do they need nothing.
---thegambler on 2/21/06

Okay the answer is the word nothing. This riddle was pretty much made to be a riddle not a deep-thinking "questioning your beliefs" kind of thing. If 80% of kindegardeners got it, it shows that its a simple answer. Because how many kg's do you know that would question the high-archy of God, the poor and rich. Not many right? So why waste youre time agruing with each other about what this riddle means. It's simply NOTHING. The riddle is a riddle. It's meant to perplex the mind not to cause chaos.
---Emiley on 2/14/06

i don't know!
---Tamara on 2/10/06

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It's not meant to be a Christian's just an old one I've known for years. The answer to this old secular riddle is 'nothing'. If you want to get theological about it, then definitely, the rich need something more than money, and the poor often have more than money, but it's just a riddle.
---Ann5758 on 2/7/06

Tommy if the answer is "Nothing" the riddle is unChristian.
As you say, the Rich do not need nothing ... unless they already have God ... then and only then do they need nothing
---alan8869_of_UK on 2/7/06

The answer to this riddle, as Fred has already clearly stated, is NOTHING. Although in reality, many rich do have a need; for Christ. Many poor also have a need for Christ. The answer to the riddle is STILL nothing.
---tommy3007 on 2/7/06

---ANNA_LOPEZ on 2/7/06

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Wade ... there are many saying the answer is nothing. I say that is an in Christian answer, as the rich DO need something. Can you please put us out of our misery and give us you answer?
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/30/06

the answer is nothing
---willow on 1/29/06

The rich need nothing because they have everything...I think that's the point. Don't go too deep here.
---Dan on 1/29/06

Alan. Love ya Brother!
---Fred_S. on 1/21/06

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Sorry Fred!!
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/20/06

FYI Alan, this is a simple riddle Paul Harvey polled kindergardeners and college seniors, which 80% of the kindergardeners got it correct to 17% college seniors.
---Fred_S. on 1/20/06

Give me a break Alan, I didn't post the riddle. I JUST answered it.
---Fred_S. on 1/20/06

It's just an old joke...I've known it for's not necessarily meant to be theologically I said, the answer to the joke is just "nothing".
---Ann5758 on 1/20/06

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Fred, and conversely, it cannot be said that the poor have nothing. They usually have courage, generosity, hope (although the rich sometimes try to steal that)
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/20/06

Fred, if that is the correct answer to the riddle, it cannot be a Christian one, although it purports to be. It cannot be said that the rich need nothing. They need all sorts of things ... love, health, hope, friends. Being rich can provide none of those things. So the rich do not need nothing.
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/20/06

Alan, This is just the answer to the riddle. I have seen this one before. No analogy needed.
---Fred_S. on 1/20/06

Fred, I had not idea, what it was, but your answer sounds right.
---Ulrika on 1/19/06

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Thomas, I'm puzzled!! do you really believe that satan is greater than God?? I hope not.
---Barbara on 1/19/06

Fred ... Your answer must be wrong, for the rich DO need something
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/19/06

I doubt "Thomas" knows what he is talking about! How can a "creature" be greater than it's creator? God is so far above anything we can imagine, it's not even funny. There is absolutely NOTHING greater than God.
---tommy3007 on 1/19/06

Let me spell it out for everyone:
NOTHING is greater than God.
NOTHING is more evil than the devil.
The poor have NOTHING.
The rich need NOTHING.
And if you eat NOTHING, you'll die.
---Fred_S. on 1/19/06

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I am doubting Thomas!
---mike on 1/19/06

... I would say Satan
---Thomas on 1/19/06

my friend, NOTHING is greater than God.
---shira on 1/19/06

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