Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A is for FOOL

This month I am reposting a series of articles I wrote in 2011 for the A to Z Challenge (26 posts in 30 days). 
So I will start today with the Letter “A.”

A is for FOOL.

Yeah, I know, Fool doesn’t start with the letter “A” but April does and today is April Fool’s Day. April 1 has been called the religious holiday especially made for atheists. A is also for Atheist. So it seems appropriate to start this A to Z challenge on April 1 by writing about fools, which are synonymous with atheists.

That atheists are fools is not just my opinion - it’s God’s definition. Probably the most familiar passage of scripture on this subject is found in Psalm 14:1- “The fool has said in his heart, there is no god. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good." 

In this occurrence, the word fool is used to describe a person who is morally deficient.

But there are many other, less familiar, references to fools in scripture. For example, in Ecclesiastes chapter 5 the word occurs three times. 

One commentator has noted that in every instance it denotes one who is "dull and obstinate" and normally refers to a person's chosen outlook rather than his mental equipment.  In other words, when God speaks of a fool, He is not referring to a clown or an idiot; He is talking about a person who deliberately and volitionally rejects Truth and chooses to believe foolishness. 

Fools do not engage in a pursuit of Wisdom (Prov. 17:16). They manifest a spiritual, rather than mental, problem (Prov. 1:29). They enjoy their folly (Prov 26:11). They have no reverence for Truth (Prov. 14:8). And they are menaces to society (Prov 13:20; 17:12; 18:6).

I was amused by a comment, I once read, that was written by a person under the pseudonym, “Joe Agnost.” He made a declarative statement about God, to which another commenter noted that it seemed inconsistent of an agnostic to claim to have absolute knowledge about anything theological. Joe Agnost’s response was something like, “…if that comment was directed at me, I am not agnostic; I am an atheist.” In other words, Joe has apparently decided that he is no longer just uncertain or ignorant about the existence of God. He has now absolutely declared that he is a fool.

Well, this is your day, Joe.  Happy April Fool’s Day.

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Ron Livesay said...

Welcome back, Ralph. Good to see you writing articles again.

I once heard someone referred to as an example for other agnostics to follow... "a great agnostic." In other words, this individual was great at "not knowing" and at "being ignorant." The reality is that an agnostic is a practical atheist, only he may not have the courage to admit it like “Joe Agnost" did.

Gregg said...

Great post. I enjoyed as I normally do your posts. Glad to see you back! Good luck to you.

Gregg Metcalf
Colossians 1:28-29

Gospel-driven Disciples

Andy said...

Welcome back. Nice post.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

We don't call April 1st "April Fools" day around here - it's my wife's birthday! (And she was born on Easter)