Read Psalm 53
Focus on verse 1
I remember the first time I was introduced to April Fool’s day. I must have been five of six years old. I had come downstairs for breakfast and my mother made some exclamation about something (I don’t exactly remember what it was) going on outside, and when I ran to the window to look she said “April Fool!” I thought this was a great game and tried it on my siblings at the very next opportunity. Since that time I have at times contemplated why it is that we have a day each year when we encourage deception and trickery in the name of fun. When it is done tastefully and in good humor it can be truly funny and enjoyable. Unfortunately I have also known some who have taken it too far resulting in emotional and even physical harm to people.
The book of proverbs describes two kinds of fools. There are fools who are just simple minded, and then there are fools who are rebellious. The fool described here is of the second category. The fool who says, “there is no God” is not one who is simple minded or simply ignorant of the truth. The fool who says there is no God is the arrogant fool, the one who thinks he knows better than those superstitious folk who have not yet been enlightened to the fact that science has replaced the need for belief in a God.
In my experience with people, I have found that those who are incredibly gifted intellectually typically find it more difficult to accept the idea of faith. They seem to approach life with the notion that everything can be explained. These are the folks who typically contribute incredible advances to the fields of science and medicine.
On the other hand, I have also experienced working with people who are mentally challenged. These are the ones who many would consider the simple-minded kind of fools. Though as adults they often function intellectually at the level of pre-school or elementary children, many of them demonstrate a level of child-like faith in God that would put some well-educated clergy to shame.
Being foolish always has consequences, and there have been times when I have been foolish. There is foolishness that has temporal consequences and there is foolishness that has eternal consequences. The fool who says, “there is no God” is one who unless he or she repents of their position, will suffer eternal consequences.