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What Did Jesus Say About Fools?
The English word "fool" originated from a Latin word, follus (folly and follies originated from the same Latin word), which meant cheeks puffed out, or bellows, referring either to a mocking facial expression, or "foolish" words that are being loudly spoken i.e. bellowed. Later, the definition of "fool" included not only sound and appearance, but behavior in general i.e. "one who is destitute of reason; a person who acts absurdly, irrationally or unwisely."
"Fool" is used to translate a number of different Hebrew and Greek words of the Holy Scriptures (see also Translation Of Translations), including:
"Every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man"
There are many who claim to be "Christian." They may have built great "churches" and done many things in "Christ's Name," but unless it was all done according to what Christ actually taught, it's a foolish waste, for "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven" (see also What's Your Angle?).
"7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
The use of "fool" in Matthew 5:22 has been a matter of controversy for centuries. Does it mean that Christ's people are not to call a fool a "fool," as Christ's people, and Christ Himself, are recorded as themselves having done? No. The statement is more complex than just a matter of calling someone a fool.
The keys to understanding are (a) in the word "brother" - don't call a fellow true Christian a "fool," which is a blasphemy of the Holy Spirit in them (b) "without a cause" and (c) in uncontrolled anger, which is a spirit of murder, as Cain did to his brother Abel.
"5:21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire [see The Unpardonable Sin and The Lake Of Fire Into An Ocean Of Fire - When?].
The religious "authorities" were called fools because they made their activities at the Temple into a religious end in and of itself (see Is Your Religion Your Religion?), while ignoring the very purpose of the Temple - genuine worship and obedience to God.
"23:16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! 23:17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? 23:18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. 23:19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? 23:20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. 23:21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. 23:22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon." (Matthew 23:16-22 KJV)
The purpose of our physical lives is not to live as though our physical lives were an end in themselves (which they will be if we wasted our lives that way) - that's what the religious "authorities" were doing in "their" Temple, as explained above. The parable of the "ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom" is about living our lives with the purpose of being ready for Christ's return (see also Parables Of Jesus Christ: The Vigilant, Parables Of Jesus Christ: Watching For The Master and the Fact Finder question below).
"25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 25:3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 25:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
The lesson of the parable of "the rich fool" is the same as for the virgins who went through life with empty lamps.
"12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
The Messiah plainly stated that foolishness itself is as evil as "adulteries, fornications, murders," not merely a cause of other wickedness.
"7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 7:23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man." (Mark 7:21-23 KJV)
After His resurrection, the Christ gently chided His people as "fools" (the original term was used in the context of a parent speaking to a child) for having been slow to learn their lessons (see also Their Eyes Opened After Christ's Tomb Did).
"24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 24:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." (Luke 24:25-27 KJV)
Fact Finder: Why did the Messiah say that the wise should live their lives in such a way that "ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh"?