I cannot agree enough with Zac Poonen who says that worldly standards differ in a directly opposite manner from what the Bible teaches. God expects a directly different behaviour from what the flesh desires. The world defines a fool as a person who acts unwisely or imprudently; a silly person.
The problem with worldly definitions is that one person can be labelled a fool by others while others call him or her wise. It depends a lot on who is talking, the relationship with the person assumed to be a fool, the environment as well as possible hidden intentions for the declaration.
Sadly, it is indisputable that many people declare Christians as fools, particularly other religions that are against Christianity. In fact, Christians should expect to be called fools simply because this world is not home for them.
It was a great pleasure this Good Friday (not Easter) to have Mr. E.S. Sithole share the World of God on how the Bible defines a fool. His reference scripture included the following:
Psalm 14:1 – The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.
What a precise definition of atheists. The tone of the Bible, according to my understanding, expresses hopelessness of such fools. They go around confident in error. You can’t convince them otherwise yet they are so very much in error. One of them, who unfortunately has tasted the goodness of the Lord Jesus Christ at one point is EJ Hill.
It therefore follows that all that has to do with Christianity, the Cross and salvation is perceived to be a lie to the fool. The fool does not see that the way he or she leads is wrong but he thinks Christianity is foolishness.
1 Corinthians 1:18 (KJV)
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
The devil in his might makes sure that such fools prosper, increase in power and live long. The see this life as the best of comfort because the devils makes sure they find earthly satisfaction as much as he can provide.
Job 21:7 – 14
7 Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power? 8 They see their children established around them, their offspring before their eyes. 9 Their homes are safe and free from fear; the rod of God is not upon them. 10Their bulls never fail to breed; their cows calve and do not miscarry. 11 They send forth their children as a flock; their little ones dance about. 12 They sing to the music of tambourine and harp; they make merry to the sound of the flute. 13 They spend their years in prosperity and go down to the grave in peace. 14 Yet they say to God, ‘Leave us alone! We have no desire to know your ways.
Fools are so ignorant such that they declare that they don’t need God (v14) when in fact they live today just because God lets them. Atheists are worse than just non-believers.