Riddle: Poor People Have It Rich People Need It Is Greater Than God More Evil Than The Devil You Eat It You Will Die?


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James Milford Profile
James Milford answered
Here is an old riddle: Poor people have it. Rich people need it. It is greater than God and more evil than the devil. If you eat it you will die. What is it?

The answer: Nothing.

How can this be? In particular, how can one word answer five situations so completely?

What do poor people have? Nothing. Certainly, this is rarely true literally. Many homeless people have a bag or cart of belongings, and perhaps a cell phone so they can be contacted about work. Even the order to which Mother Teresa belonged allowed for three robes: One for wearing, one for washing and one for mending. Still, to have so little in the face of people who have so much can feel like having nothing … and sadly sometimes, like being nothing.

What do rich people need? Nothing! If they decide they do need something, what do they do? They buy it and once again, their need is nothing.

What is greater than God? Why, nothing. Go ahead, name something. We'll wait. (Tick tock, tick tock …) No matter what your faith, if you have one, your God is at the very top, none larger, more caring, more powerful. In short, the greatest of all beings. Or as they say in some theology and philosophy classes, the three O's: Omnipotent, omniscient and omnibenevolent … God is all-powerful, all-knowing and all-forgiving. What human being can match that?

What is more evil than the devil? This is the flip side of the God question. Certainly there are plenty of evil people in the world, both historical figures and everyday criminals. But more evil than Satan, he who inspires all evil? Nope. If anything, they should be giving him credit for inspiration.

If you eat it you will die … again it is nothing. If you eat nothing, you will die. If you eat very little, you might be ill or hungry, but you will be alive. Eating nothing, though, leads to nothingness.
cassie newbold Profile
cassie newbold answered
Good answer and I think it's right, only you've put it in the wrong context :
The poor have nothing
the rich need nothing
nothing is greater than god
nothing is more evil than the devil
if you eat nothing you will die
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Nothing is greater that god...nothing is more evil than the devil...the poor have nothing...the rich need nothing...and most important of all - if you eat nothing you will die.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
The answer to the riddle is "nothing."
Nothing is greater than God.
Nothing is more evil than the Devil.
The poor have nothing.
The rich need nothing.
And if you eat nothing, you'll die
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Nothing. It's simple. And who cares if you believe in God or not? IT'S A RIDDLE! Someone made it up for fun, and it's pretty clever. So if you have a problem with it, like the dumb guy who is rich and needs a dog, don't answer it! Or answer it the way you want.
Lydia Profile
Lydia answered
Nothing! - the answer is nothing
A rick man needs nothing, a poor man has nothing, if we eat nothing we will die ! Easy!
I got a similar one::
Whats higher than the highest, lower than the lowest, dead men eat it and if we eat it will die... What is it? X
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Eternal Life of course...
Poor people have meekness and will inherit the earth
Rich people don't realize they need it
God is Spirit and therefore has no Life as we know it
A life without eternal life would be nothingness therefore evil would have won
The only way to have Eternal Life is to Die!
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
The answer is Anarchy!
ANARCHY is greater than God!
You cannot eat ANARCHY as it is a enigma, you will starve!
The Poor have ANARCHY! Its the solution to our society!
The rich need ANARCHY, as there is profit in suffering!
ANARCHY is more evil than the Devil! It destroys Governments!
David Hinners Profile
David Hinners answered
I believe the answer is "nothing". I heard it in a different version before, but I cannot recall the additional parts.
Aliza Glatter Profile
Aliza Glatter answered
I love this riddle. I know the answer is nothing, as I know version similar to Alisha21's. Mine is:
What do poor people have, rich people need, ad if you eat it you die.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Wow you retards its MONEY!!!

Money is greater than god,
money will make you worse than the devil,
the poor have some, the rich want more,
and if you eat it you wont be able to buy groceries
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
A heart, poor people do have it, rich people are greedy so they need one, it is greater than god, more evil than the devil if you are furious, and if you eat it you might die
desi pilla Profile
desi pilla answered
Nothing. Nothing is greater than god. Nothing is more evil than the devil. Rich people want nothing. Poor people have nothing. And if you eat nothing you will die
Ramsey Biggs Profile
Ramsey Biggs answered
Well I'd just like to say that Satan isn't necessarily evil, he just thought he could overthrow God simply because he thought he could rule better, so God being the almighty smiter he is punished him with looking after Hell for the rest of eternity. I'd say Joseph Fritzl is more evil than Satan. Just throwing that out there.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
The answer is clearly nothing. It may be controversial but it is only a riddle, and riddles need answers. The person who wrote this decided the answer, and we cannot change it. The answer is nothing.

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