What is a Biblical Fool?

In our time of political correctness, we sometimes shrink back from terminology the Bible uses.  An example is Psalm 14:1 and Psalm 53:1 that say, ’The fool says in his own heart, ‘There is no God.’”  Why is God so insensitive?  Why didn’t He use a better or ‘softer’ word?  What does He mean by ‘fool?’ Instead of delving deep into the meaning of the word, let us look at it in a very practical way.  After all, Scripture is about reality, not religion.

#  God offers people an eternal inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.1

The inheritance entails: 2

  • Life on a fantastically beautiful planet 3
  • No death or disease.
  • No food shortages, genetically modified foods or other food deviations.
  • No sorrow because God will wipe every tear from our eyes.
  • No wars, troubles, crises in governments, fights among nations, no hatred of Israel.
  • Safety at all times, love, harmony and happiness.

#  The inheritance is a wonderful, eternal paradise of peace.

The person who denies the existence of God will miss a golden opportunity of an eternal carefree ‘holiday’ without end.  God offers it free, absolutely free to anybody who wants to ‘sign’ up.

#  A fool rejects such an excellent ‘bargain.’

  • The God who promises eternal wealth and happiness is in control as the Manager of this New Word Bank, the eternal Bank of God.  And He invites all people, small and big, great or nothing, rich, poor or average, to join free of charge.  Even in every day life we call a person who rejects such an opportunity a fool.
  • The other future option is of course eternal separation from God and His goodness.  To reject God’s offer and prefer the bad deal of eternal torture and agony because you have to pay the penalty for your sin yourself, makes you a fool in God’s sight.

Conclusion

The gateway to eternal riches is Jesus Christ.  The fool denies that God exists and hopes that will remove him or her from God’s radar.  That is foolish thinking.  It is a good ‘financial’ investment to love and trust God.  The returns are wonderful and endless.  God is not ‘abusive’ when He calls a person who rejects such a good ‘deal’ a fool.

References

  1. 1 Peter 1:4
  2. Revelation 21:3-5; 22:3-5
  3. 1 Corinthians 2:9

Author: Gerard and Alida

As you can see in the photo, there are two of us. We live and work together 24/7, studying and enjoying our grandchildren. Our passion is to know and understand what will happen after death. Is there a way to provide for and invest in that?

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