The Riddle

A riddle is making the rounds through e-mail. You may have already seen it, but if you haven’t, I think you’ll enjoy it. It is said that when asked this riddle, 80% of kindergarten students got the answer, compared to 17% of Stanford university seniors. Here’s the riddle:

What is greater than God, more evil than the devil, the poor have it, the rich want it, and if you eat it, you’ll die?

What is it??

Think about it and then scroll down for the answer.

The answer is “nothing”. Nothing is greater than God, nothing is more evil than the devil, the poor have nothing, the rich want nothing, and if you eat nothing you will die!

It seems so obvious. Maybe that’s why younger children have an easier time answering it than educated adults. As we get more educated and more sophisticated, we look for deeper answers. But no matter how much we learn, the question, “What is greater than God?” (And anything else attached to it) will always have the same answer.

“I will remember the works of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.  I will also meditate on all Your work, and talk of Your deeds. Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; Who is so great a God as our God? You are the God who does wonders…” (Psalm 77:11-14a).

~From Thought For Today by Alan Smith~

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