The greatest men in the world are men who did great things that inspired millions of not billions. Being part of the greatest men comes with a personal or collective quest and desire to be great, and be the best must come with rigorous sacrifices and love that must be made for humanity.
Greatness is in everyone, however those who make a difference do so by putting extra effort, and believing in themselves and upholding values but we will look at the top ten greatest men who really impacted humanity and history by their deeds and lifestyle.
The Greatest and Best Men in The World Of All Time
1. Jesus Christ – Greatest Men
The Impact of Jesus Christ As The Greatest Man
Before we look at the impact Jesus Christ made here on earth, these articles can also be helpful to understand this topic:
12 Ways Jesus Changed The World
Jesus Christ impacted on the world in a massive scale which even cuts across secular ideals that are in place today in the 21st century.
Western Education as it is in these times has a lot of history with Christianity and as it stands, many scientists who were known to greatly influence and impact the world of science, were all Christians with a common trace to Jesus Christ.
The intricate essence of Jesus’ mission here on earth was to save lost sinners and he did so by dying on the cross of Calvary and resurrecting on the third day.
Jesus Christ distinguished himself from other regular preachers because he didn’t just point the way to a set of ideals or moral principles as other religious teachers that have come and gone, rather, he promised when we were “born again by his Spirit” he would come to live inside of us.
2. Muhammad – Greatest Men
The Impact of Prophet Muhammed As The Greatest Man
Before we delve in, these are helpful sources on Prophet Muhammed’s Impact
The Spiritual and Social Impact of Prophet Muhammed
Prophet Muhammed: The Legacy of a Prophet
Prophet Muhammed: The Greatest Man Who Ever Walked On The Face of The Earth
It is a well known fact that Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was the epitome of good manners, a leader who eschewed the value of relating well with other people.
Prophet Muhammed ensured without comparison that all the action that He undertook in life, in a high extent highlighted the highest morals and manners that a person could exhibit; hence Muslims respect him a lot for that.
Prophet Muhammed is regarded by many Muslims as a Role Model who is to be emulated, especially in terms of manners and ethics, the likes of which the world has not seen.
One of his companions who saw him stated,
❝The Prophet did not swear at anyone, nor was He rude, nor did He curse anyone. If He desired to reprimand someone, He would say: ‘What is wrong with him, may dust be cast in his face!❞
Hence, Muslims take Prophet Muhammed more seriously than any other man on the face of the earth.
3. Martin Luther King Jnr – Greatest Men
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 assassinated in 1968. The US Government has already set a day aside to honor him, January the 21st.
The Impact of Dr Martin Luther King Jnr As The Greatest Man
How Did Martin Luther King’s Vision Change the World?
Dr. King’s Legacy
The link above will help you get further information on Dr Martin Luther King jnr and how he impacted the world.
Martin Luther King’s impact does not necessarily hinge on the fact that he fought for civil rights movement in the 1960s, it also reveals the method and mode he used to fight for equal rights for black men in the United States.
While others proposed violence to achieve freedom, Martin Luther King chose the way of peace while standing unhinged to his beliefs.
Martin Luther King helped set the standard of peaceful protests even when attacked by an angry mob.
Dr. King maintained a vision for a more diverse America where all people enjoyed the benefits of equality. His movement and protests helped in integrating blacks fully into the American system eventually leading the way to ending segregation and its attendant rules.
4. Buddha – Greatest Men
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 insightful and imitable. Various accounts of his life, conversations and rules are believed by Buddhists to have been summarized 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 – Greatest Men
6. Michael Jackson – Greatest Men
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 un-paralled in the 20th century and even beyond. Michael Jackson died in 2009 following complications from a drug he took
7. Abraham Lincoln – Greatest Men
8. Abraham – Greatest Men
9. Nelson Mandela – Greatest Men
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- Greatest Men
William Franklin Graham Jr. (Billy Graham) (November 7, 1918 – February 21, 2018) was an American evangelist, who was a prominent Christian figure.
Billy Graham became well known due to his evangelical effort in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to thousands who were swept by his charisma, character and reputation. Indeed, he drew an aura when he preached endearing a lot of people to him who are eager and passionate to hear him preach.
Billy Graham became well-known internationally in the late 1940s; with the reputation as being one of the most influential Christian leaders of all times.
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.
He died in 2018, aged 99.
JESUS IS THE GREATEST MAN IN THE WORLD
Jesus is the greatest man in the world which is based on these three principles which actually matters; impact and Character.
Before we delve in, these following sources can help you understand the impact of Jesus as the greatest man who ever lived,
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 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 neighbor 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.