Mohd Amin Yaacob
11.1 Prophet Solomon Died As An Apostate.
According to the Bible, God hand was upon Solomon the Prophet (peace be upon him). He was pleased with him and gave Solomon many favors, the most important of all is “Wisdom”:
“God gave Solomon great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge too vast to be measured. In fact, his wisdom exceeded that of all the wise men of the East and the wise men of Egypt. He was wiser than anyone else…his fame spread throughout all the surrounding nations. He composed some 3,000 proverbs and wrote 1,005 songs. He could speak with authority about all kinds of plants…about animals, birds, reptiles, and fish. And kings from every nation sent their ambassadors to listen to the wisdom of Solomon.” (1 Kings 4:29-34, NLT)
But later based on the Bible itself, we found that when Prophet Solomon grew old, he abandoned his faith in God and worshipped idols.
“In Solomon’s old age, they turned his heart to worship their gods instead of trusting only in the Lord his God, as his father David, had done. Solomon worshiped Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech, the detestable god of the Ammonites. Thus, Solomon did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, he refused to follow the Lord completely, as his father, David, had done.”(1 Kings 11: 3-6, NLT)
I wonder, is it possible for a magnificent Prophet of God and also (according to Jewish and Christian tradition) the writer of the Old Testament book of Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes and Proverb to become a pagan worshipper? Furthermore, we know that Prophet Solomon father is Prophet David (peace be upon him), who according to Christians one of his descendents is their Lord and savior Jesus Christ. And what did Prophet Solomon’s say about father and sons? In the Old Testament book of Proverb chapter 22 and verse 6 Solomon said that:
“Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older, they will remain upon it.” (NLT)
Gary Miller, a former evangelist who embraced Islam in making his comments on chapter 22 of the Book of Proverb says:
“David was a good man. How do you suppose he brought up Solomon? Solomon’s say that, if you bring up a boy right, he’s not going to deviate when he’s got to be old. But in another place, the Bible says that Solomon deviated. The man who wrote that (Solomon) he deviated. If you believe the reference of Proverb to be true, you can’t believe the part on Solomon becomes an idol worshipper.”
 Divinity of Jesus, Saba Islamic Media, cassette