I CALLED A MAN A FOOL!

June 28, 2011

If you follow all of the comments, on all of my posts, then you know that I called a man a fool. The post was “HELL IS NOT A PUNISHMENT FROM GOD” and the comments were from “aperson”.

I study the Bible a little and it says (Mat 5:22 NIV) But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca, ‘ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

If I thought that I was defendable, one might think that I was trying to justify myself. So let me explain myself and then ask yourself, if it were you, would you feel guilty for calling this man a fool.

First, I was not the first to call him a fool; God was. I am certainly guilty of agreeing with God, but did I call him a fool, or did God? In Psalms 14:1 & 53:1 Scripture says, “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God. That was written thousands of years before the man that I called a fool was born.

It was clear from the man’s comments that he has said in his heart there is no God. The man doesn’t think himself a fool, but God does and because I believe God knows and understands everything then I also believe the man a fool.

I was not, and am not, angry with the man. I didn’t call him a fool out of anger. I did so to explain to him that God did, because it was apparent that he did not read God’s Word and therefore did not know what God thought of him.

It truly amazes me when I realize how many in this world are fools! Some of the most intelligent men and women are some of the biggest fools! Truth is not in them and they will not deal with it.

They say life just happened when it is not possible for it to just happen. The first cell that life happened too would have to know that it had to consume something in order to continue to exist. It would have to be able to find that food, have a system that would permit that food to enter itself. Then it would have to be able to digest or use that food to produce energy and then know how to get rid of the waste. It would also have to know how to procreate; a whole other set of instructions. Life without all of the instructions that are necessary in order to sustain it is impossible. To say it just happened is to admit there was no thought of the matter and to continue to proclaim life just happened, without a God, is just foolish. God calls them fools, because they are.

That is just evolution. It is apparent that the universe is constructed of energy. Einstein’s equation was proved correct when the first atom bomb exploded, but even though fools use this knowledge to destroy, they do not admit the universe is made from nothing!

Well, when I look in the mirror, I see a man that certainly shares in foolishness. I have attempted to explain to fools, with truth and logic, that there has to be a God. I know that it is not possible to understand anything without applying truth and logic to the subject and it is so obvious that I thought everyone understood those basic principles, but I was wrong.

The fool loads his spiritual shotgun with all kinds of questions and fires it at the Christian. It is a wise Christian that has his armor on, but not so wise a Christian that would try to pick up one of those questions and attempt to answer the fool. All the time that the Christian is preparing to answer, the fool is reloading. He has no intention of really considering “any” answer. His goal is to destroy the Christian’s understanding and thereby his faith: showing himself to be superior the Christian: to all Christians. When he cannot he just says to himself ‘Those Christians sure are stupid’ and goes his merry way. He doesn’t even know that he is a fool and if the Christian tells him, he just gets mad.

(1 Cor 14:16&17 NIV)  If you are praising God with your spirit, how can one who finds himself among those who do not understand say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying? You may be giving thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified.

The fool cannot understand and “will” not understand. I have heard the phrase ‘suffer a fool’ before and I didn’t understand it, but I do now and though in the future I will answer a fool I will not continue beyond two or three tries.

When ever I do something wrong the Spirit within me lets me know and I feel bad and I repent. I may make the same mistake again, but again the Spirit will let me know. But I did not and do not feel remorse for attempting to enlighten the fool and I do not feel bad about calling him a fool. I do not feel that I have grieved the Holy Spirit.

What do you think? Was I more wrong than I confessed too? Is there some way that I do not know or some wisdom that I did not apply to the problem?

 


WHO DID JESUS DIE FOR?

June 23, 2011

Well, as most who read my posts are Christians and know Jesus died for anyone who will admit they are a sinner and in dire need of a Savior. We search out Jesus, realize that he is that Savior that we so desperately need then we plead guilty, are baptized, and raised a new being. As a rule humans only think of themselves. We are selfish and self-centered, so in our own mind that pretty much ends the question of ‘Who did Jesus die for’.

I am not throwing stones at others: I am just as human as anyone. However, as I think about God and Jesus, it becomes apparent to even someone like me that I, or we, are not the only ones that Jesus died for.

Jesus did and said only what his Father wanted him to do and say. So, what ever Jesus did is what God would do. Jesus said, to those around him, that if you see him you see the Father.

Now we understand that only Jesus could die in our place, which is the penalty for sin, because only Jesus had no sin of his own. If he had “any” sin then he would have had to die for his own sin and because death is permanent, then he could not have returned to die for us. Of course, we all know and understand this, but do you realize that Jesus also died in God’s place?

If Jesus did only what His father would do, then if it were possible for God to die, He would die for us, because that is what Jesus did!

It is not possible for God to die, because if He did then everything would cease to exist. We would be no more and I for one do not want to die; or be no more. God promised us eternal life and If He ceased to exist then He could not keep His promise and I, for one, am sure that He would not break His word.

God will not violate His own precepts and His second rule is “Do unto others what you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12 NIV). It is a hard thing to admit that we would want someone to die for us, but that is just what we ask Jesus to do and because he obeys God’s rules, he did for us, as he would want us to do for him: if that were possible.

Just as we need, someone to die for us, God also needed someone to die for Him!

Think about it and see what a wonderful God and Savior we have and understand why God honors His son so much.