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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Can one be a wise fool?

“The fool says in his heart there is no God”. (Psalm 14:1-3 )

How many times does this verse get quoted to atheists? It supposedly lets us know that not believing in god makes a person a fool.

However, there is also this verse:
“Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.” (Proverbs 17:28)

So, if an atheist does not talk about his disbelief, does that make him intelligent? Not necessarily, it only says he is deemed intelligent. That does not mean he actually is intelligent.

But, we also have this gem:
“In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise.” (Proverbs 10:19)

According to this, if someone restrains their lips they are wise. Now when the fool said in his heart there is no god, he did restrain his lips. Therefore, the same fool the bible criticizes for his disbelief is also called wise for not talking about it. Therefore, we have a wise fool. Can a fool be wise? Since the words have a contrary meaning, it is not possible.

So, since the bible says an atheist can be both a fool and a wise person, it obviously does not understand what it is talking about. Just more absurdity in the bible.

And to top it off, let us not forget this verse:
(Matthew 5:22) - "But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, 'You good-for-nothing,' shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, 'You fool,' shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell."

It says that calling someone a fool is reason enough to send someone to hell. So, to summarize, the bible indicates that if you do not believe in god, you are a fool. But if someone actually calls you a fool, they will go to hell. That seems completely reasonable.

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