1. Jesus Christ
The concept of being the greatest and famous can only be based on three main principles; which I would list below’
This has to do with the amount of influence an individual or a group of individuals have had on a particular cause. Making an impact that can last entails that it has to be something unique, genuine and pure. Something that appeals for the greater good of people.
Take for instance Michael Jackson, referred by many as the King of Pop; Micheal Jackson’s talent was so unique and genuine that it appealed to millions if not billions of people around the world who were eager to hear him sing and of course dance. When you watch his performances on some of his concerts, you will not fail to notice how the fans are screaming and calling his name, many beckoning on him with cries such as “I love you Micheal” “You’re the best”! “I am with your baby” and some other cries and shouts that envelope the air even as he performs. His impact in the music world earned him the fame and he became famous.
Another famous person is Billy Graham. With regards to Christianity and impact in Christianity, one wouldn’t go far in mentioning names of people who impacted Christianity without mentioning the now famous name Billy Graham.
His massive evangelism effort in proclaiming the name of Jesus, earned him that spot making him famous too. He made his own impact.
We sure know even people with bad and controverisal character also get recognized and famous. Take for instance the German dictator Adolf Hitler who was responsible for the killing of millions of Jews; Yes! he is famous, but his popularity rides on controversy and evil. His name alone is very much dreaded because many do not want to have anything to do with him or his ideologies.
The two famous people mentioned in the first point above have two things in common which highlights character. They were humble and they were generally good people who championed causes to join the human race in peace and harmony. Billy Graham for instance taught Tolerance while Michael Jackson propagated Peace and love. Their collective good demeanor put them in good light; and they have rode on it to fame.
Sure they had the talent to do what they did and do it well; gaining popularity and becoming famous all over the world. Their talent didn’t just lie on normal talent anyone could just have, but they were unique in creating content that most people loved. Michael Jackson’s songs and dance steps were so unique in those days and it made him famous. Billy Graham’s simplicity and his genuine way of preaching made him to be one of the most respected Christian leaders of his time. The fact that he did not soil himself with scandals also boosted his public image.
Someone can have a talent naturally or by learning. In the cases of Billy and Michael, their talents were natural I believe and they never struggled to become famous. It just came to them.
We have established some things that include;
1. To be famous, you must do somethings
2. To be famous, you must undo somethings
Now the question, Who is the most famous person ever?
The first name that comes to mind is Jesus Christ. Yes! you heard me right. Jesus Christ the Jewish teacher who founded Christianity.
Now who is Jesus Christ and why is he regarded as the most famous person in the world?
Firstly, according to the bible, no name in heaven or on earth is above the name of Jesus; that might not be the kind of response you are looking for but Jesus is the most famous person of all time because there is virtually no place that name hasn’t been mentioned in. You might pause a bit and say really? but think about it. Even in the isolated island of North Sentinel, Jesus has been mentioned. The missionary who tried to preach in the Island and was killed must ahve probably tried to call on the name Jesus even as he was killed!
That aside, Jesus Christ’s popularity and fame has never dwindled even centuries after his death. Even when he was here on earth, Jesus was famous. Why was Jesus famous?
- The Miracles he performed
- His Teachings on love
- His Persecution
- The Trial he faced before crucifixtion
- His death and subsequent resurrection
The points mentioned above will be looked into even as we unravel why Jesus is the most famous person ever.
I. The Miracles He Performed
When you take a good look at the bible especially when you read the book of Matthew, Mark, Luke or John, you will be exposed to a ton of stories that detail the miracles that Jesus performed.
Many of these miracles were so outstanding in their days that it got Jesus dedicated followers who would follow him around hoping for a miracle; and of course this made him famous.
The notable miracles by Jesus include;
1. Turning Water to Wine in a Wedding Ceremony
2. Raising a dead child back to Life
3. Feeding the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fishes.
These miracles Jesus performed drew thousands of people, hence making him famous and well known in his times. The uniqueness of these miracles and the way they were performed involving parables and teachings also increased his popularity and also made him famous.
II. His Teachings on Love:
Show me someone who has advised you to love your enemy! Of course you will cringe in disgust, but Jesus told his followers to do just that! Jesus Christ did not end there, he also advised and taught love for your neighbour more than your very own self. Weird right! Yea, it is. But you know what? That teaching made Jesus famous. Why should anyone love his enemies, the people who heard this teaching then might have thought.
Muhammad in his power and remarkable influence, helped unite Arabia into a single Muslim sovereign, using the the Quran as well as his teachings and practices that form the basis and foundation of the Islamic religious belief. He is known as; Messenger of Allah, The Prophet Muhammad, Allah’s Apostle, Last Prophet of Islam, and others; there are also various spellings of Muhammad, and they include; Mohamet, Mahamad, Muhamad, and many others.
3. Martin Luther King Jnr
Martin Luther King Jnr (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was a civil rights activist who helped blacks in America in the 1960s gain equal rights with their white fellow countrymen. A Christian, Martin Luther King’s ideologies and personal beliefs for tolerance and love amidst hate can be connected to his religion. From 1955, he became a very vocal spokesperson for Civil Rights Movement and in the quest to ensure equal rights for all. In October 1964, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for fighting inequality without using violence. A common visitor to prisons, King was arrested in 1963 and jailed for protesting the treatment of blacks in Birmingham. His famous speech “I have a dream” was given in the Lincoln Memorial during the march on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. King was unfortunately assasinated in 1968. The US Government has already set a day aside to honour him, January the 21st.
Buddha was a monk (śramaṇa), a philosopher, religious leader and teacher whose teachings are the foundation of the popular religion Buddhism which he founded.
Buddha’s teachings and lifestyle is believed by Buddhists to be highly insighful and imitable. Various accounts of his life, conversations and rules are believed by Buddhists to have been summarised after his death and memorized by his followers. Oral tradition has helped spread his teachings over centuries, though later committed to writing.
Buddha also suggests that we alone can bring changes in our life by following ‘middle path’ and in a bid to attain nirvana.
“A gift he is highly envied for, is his ability to have self-control. Buddha was concerned about life and how to help people free themselves from unending sorrow.
5. Albert Einstein
6. Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was known as the king of Pop music. Jackson’s successful music career made him to become one of the most famous men of his time. His road to global stardom and prominence began in the 1980s. His musical career began in the 1960s when he was a member of the “Jackson Five” a musical group that included and involved his siblings. Michael Jackson held successful tours and concerts in various cities including Helsinki, Berlin, Cape Town, Kuala Lumpur etc. He had a unique way of singing and dancing especially the moonwalk, and break dancing. Michael Jackson’s legacy and influence was unparalled in the 20th century and even beyond. Michael Jackson died in 2009 following complications from a drug he took
7. Abraham Lincoln
9. Nelson Mandela
History will never forget Nelson Mandela, the South African legend whose peaceful way of handling inequality and Apartheid earned him the respect of many and of course, a Nobel Peace Prize. Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) was a South African revolutionist, anti-apartheid activist, politician and philanthropist who served as the president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. It is interesting to note that Nelson mandela spent a whooping 27 years in prison in Robben Island and two other prisons. He was actively involved in opposing the government of the day’s views and it made him to win enemies easily. He was subsequently locked up and imprisoned for life in 1962 before released in 1990. Mandela has gone ahead to receive various honours and wards totally about 250 which has made him stand out as an icon. Nelson Mandela has been involved in various charitable courses till his death. He is referred as “Madiba” by South Africans which means Father of the Nation.
10. Billy Graham
His journey to international impact began in 1934 when he first surrendered to Jesus Christ through the preaching of one Mordecai Ham. Billy Graham once recounted saying, “And while I was sitting down looking intently at what he had to say then suddenly he pointed in my direction and said, Young Man You’re a Sinner” After that experience, Billy Graham repented and some few years later he felt the call to preach. His 1949 evangelical crusade was the single event that brought him the international repute and coverage he was probably destined to have.
Billy Graham also served as spiritual adviser to quite a number of U.S. presidents, whom he provided spiritual counsel and guidance. From Harry S. Truman (33rd) to Barack Obama (44th). He was known to be close to Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon.
It is estimated by his staff that more than 3.2 million people have responded to the invitation at Billy Graham Crusades to “accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior”. Graham’s evangelism was appreciated by both Protestant and Roman Catholic churches because he encouraged new converts to become members of these churches.