Who’s a Fool?
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
The Bible has so much to say about being a fool. The word fool can mean: senseless, blockhead, dope, dummy and so on. A fool is someone who disregards God’s Word and whose heart continually turns toward foolishness. Fools do not always learn their lessons as seen in Proverbs 26:11, “As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.” Fools continue to do the same foolish things over and over again leading to their own destruction.
A fool hates knowledge, enjoys wicked devices and cause themselves trouble with their proud speech. Foolish people have a quick temper, mock sin and bring grief to their parents. The Bible is very clear in warning individuals not to associate with fools according to (Proverbs 14:7). If you walk with the wise you will become wise, but if you walk with those that are fools you will suffer the consequences of their folly––harm (Proverbs 13:20).
The most notable definition of a fool is found in Psalm 14:1 and 53:1 which gives an account of what the fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” Their ways are vile, corrupt and there is not one that does good. There is a distinction between the biblical definition of a fool and the word Jesus used in Matthew 5:22. Jesus forbid the used of the word (raca) to describe a Christian brother.
This word implied utter worthlessness or beyond the reach of God being condemned forever. We have no power to condemn anyone to eternal damnation because that judgment belongs to God. We should be exhibiting love and compassion towards those that have turned their hearts away from God and are demonstrating evidence of foolish behavior. Christians that walk in wisdom may be instrumental in turning a heart away from destruction to eternal salvation (James 5:20).
Lord, may I walk in Your wisdom before a lost and dying world.