A comparison of Socrates and Christ
This is exactly what the title states. I am going to attempt to show that while Socrates was a good man, Christ outshone him in all aspects. I am going to do this in the same way as an ancient Greek writing exercise, so please bear with me. As always, please feel free to tell me things that you think I have missed.
I am going to first show their family histories. Socrates was born into a middle class Greek family in Athens. Christ, however, was born to poor parents in a feeding trough for the oxen and donkeys. At first glance, it appears that Socrates got the better end of the deal. But we must remember that Christ was born into God’s chosen nation, and was descended from a king on both sides of his lineage. This is the way it can often be, one person seeming to be better, while slipping behind the whole way.
Their educations were certainly very different. Socrates received what would now be considered a good education in all respects. Jesus, though, received the only education he could afford: that of a carpenter and of the Scriptures. This last part is much better than Socrates’, as all your worldly knowledge does not help you one iota in the afterlife. Besides, Jesus was God in a man’s flesh. He had more knowledge than Socrates ever did or will have.
Their deeds were the most important of all. Socrates was a wise man, but unlike Solomon, he just sat around and talked about it, hoping his innate wisdom would carry him through this life and the next. Jesus was much wiser than Socrates, even if it is possible to ignore the fact that he was God in the flesh. Jesus used what he had to help his fellow men, instead of arguing with them. Jesus was so good at this that he went to the cross so that he could save all of mankind with one action.
I hope that I have shown that Jesus was, and is, better than Socrates had the ability to be. Before I go, I want to leave you with this thought from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount: “Therefore be perfect, just as your father in heaven is perfect.”(Matthew 5:48)