Joseph D. L. wrote: ↑
Thu Oct 08, 2020 3:41 pm
Marcion calls John the Baptist the greatest prophet of all time.
For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women a greater prophet than John the Baptist, there is none
But you have to read the immediate context in Mcn:
But John was alarmed to hear about the works of Christ as if they were the works of another God.
In this turmoil, he made ask to Christ: "Are you the one who is to come or should we expect another?"
"Happy, says Christ, is he who is not scandalized because of me"
And as all were running into the wilderness to see John instead of Christ, he said:
"Who did you go to see in the wilderness?
"This is he of whom it is written: Behold, I send my messenger before your face, that he may prepare your way.
"John is certainly the greatest among all who are born of a woman, but he is more little than the least in the kingdom of God."
Marcion recognizes the relative
goodness of John but only as prophet of the demiurge. John in Marcion doesn't recognize Jesus as the expected Jewish Messiah. His reaction is not different from the reaction of the other OT prophets against Jesus in Sheol:
In addition to his blasphemy against God Himself, he advanced this also, truly speaking as with the mouth of the devil, and saying all things in direct opposition to the truth,--that Cain, and those like him, and the Sodomites, and the Egyptians, and others like them, and, in fine, all the nations who walked in all sorts of abomination, were saved by the Lord, on His descending into Hades, and on their running unto Him, and that they welcomed Him into their kingdom. But the serpent(3) which was in Marcion declared that Abel, and Enoch, and Noah, and those other righteous men who sprang(4) from the patriarch Abraham, with all the prophets, and those who were pleasing to God, did not partake in salvation. For since these men, he says, knew that their God was constantly tempting them, so now they suspected that He was tempting them, and did not run to Jesus, or believe His announcement: and for this reason he declared that their souls remained in Hades.
it is evident
that Jesus in Marcion doesn't like that people go to wilderness to see John the Baptist.