From the Beginning

A STORY OF "TIME" by Trevor Topsfield

Foolishness

I once had a debate on whether I was a fool for riding a motor bike. Even though I knew the statistics demonstrate the foolishness of doing so, I was prepared to argue my point of view.

How foolish I was depends on how much emphasis is placed on the thrill of riding as opposed to the harm I might do to myself if I was involved in an accident. Opinions might vary on the degree of my foolishness depending on how others consider the risks involved.

God on the other hand knows a complete fool when he sees one and is not afraid to say so.

Psalm 14:1

“The fool says in his heart. “there is no God.” (NIV)

Having convinced himself that God does not exist, the fool’s foolishness is evident in the things he does.

“There is no God”, but the existence of God cannot be denied, for the evidence of his existence is obvious. Not only does he exist, but the nature and power of God is clearly seen in the things he has made. (Romans 1) Therefore to come to such a conclusion is illogical. With logic no longer necessary, a person can do what he pleases without the need for sensible decisions. This means there is no need to follow logical reasoning and anything or everything can be justified.

At the same time God responds by simply letting them go their own way, he has fulfilled his responsibility by demonstrating his existence. They have ignored him, he ignores them.

“There is no God”, so for all who think this way have to prove it by going a different way to the “normal” which God has established as part of his creation.

Romans Chapter 1 gives a couple of examples of how this done.

The first is that in their foolishness they take certain things that God has made, make an image of them such as figure of a man, bird, animal, or even a reptile and glorify it. We will make our own gods; we will make them out of wood or stone. Who needs the real one?

They have swapped the Glory of God who created the universe which covers billions of light years and the attention to detail that allows nanotechnology. Having seen all that God has created; they have chosen to glorify a piece of wood!

How smart is that?

The other example in Romans to demonstrate the foolishness of those who refuse to glorify God is their involvement in homosexual activities.

It is illegal for me to discriminate, but it seems fairly clear that Paul in his letter to the Romans who was not under any legal restrictions put the two examples in the same category.

To complicate the situation Proverbs 12:15 tells us that “The way of a fool seems right to him,” (NIV)

This makes it impossible to point out any discrepancies in their life style, so I am not trying to do that or even argue the issues. I have simply stated what Paul wrote to the Romans.

Proverbs 12:15 continues:- “but a wise man listens to advice.” (NIV)

The pride of the fool deceives him into thinking he has all the answer and therefore refuses to listen to others. While all advice is not good advice, it pays to test others opinions and choose the best options. Of course the most sensible suggestions come from the one who created it all as he knows how it is supposed to function.

Everyone is sinful, the believer and the unbeliever alike, the wise and the foolish all commits sinful acts because we are sinful by nature. This is something none of us can avoid, but what will we do about them?

Our sinful acts demonstrate our sinfulness. For the really wise person he compares his life to the nature and power of God he has seen in the creation and humbles himself to accept God’s superiority. The wise therefore have accepted God’s judgment of their sinfulness and have an alternative way of life available to them as they can function through the power of the Holy Spirit.

While the fool without God can only function from his personal wisdom which leaves his foolishness obvious to all. In Paul’s letter to the Romans he points out this principle by choosing two obvious examples of this found in Rome at that time.

Often they compound their situation by demanding recognition of their foolishness. Today there is strong representation for the legalisation of Gay marriages and for same sex couples to adopt children.

2Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (NIV)

If God is not willing that any should perish, everyone who ignores him and the salvation he offers freely is a fool as far as he is concerned.

Trevor Topsfield

 

Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®

 

Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.

 

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