Let's discuss this verse from the Bible:
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
This particular verse has been bandied around the Internet on April Fool's Day after a story was created sometime around 2003 (and debunked by Snopes) about a Florida atheist who was, according to the story, so fed up with all of the religious holidays that interrupted his life that he decided to sue for a holiday dedicated to atheists. The judge in this story was, of course, a good Christian and rendered his decision. He dismissed the case, declaring that a day was already set aside for atheists: April Fool's Day, based on the verse above.
I remember a special fan of mine from this site telling me that she can't wait until my daughter (who was, at the time, wanting to read the Bible) comes upon this verse, because, you know, reading a passage in a book that tells her that she's a fool if she doesn't believe what the book says has GOT to be the most convincing argument of all.
When I read that verse, I think of the Emperor's New Clothes and the moral of that story. In that story, the fools were those who pretended to believe in something that didn't exist because they were afraid of being exposed as fools. It was a child, honest, innocent and guileless who was baffled by those who exclaimed over the gorgeous raiments the emperor was supposedly wearing. He was the only wise one in the kingdom (other than, perhaps, the swindlers who convinced the emperor to pay them for something that didn't really exist) who wasn't afraid to point out that the emperor was, in fact, absolutely naked.
Happy April Fool's Day!
(but, no, this post is not a joke - discuss your thoughts, if you wish)Answer Question
April Fools day you too! but seriously others might find this to be true as far as the fool is concerned, just like you those of us who believe are fools, it is no different.....I think the only fool is that someone who has nothing to believe, you for instance don't believe in deities but believe your own version of how things came to be....so let that be it.....again this world is full of diverse opinions and believes, and they are only true to the believer...have a great day!
Answer by older at 11:55 AM on Apr. 1, 2013
That passage is just another attempt to try to stop people from questioning their beliefs (critical thinking). Think about Adam & Eve, they created "original sin" by eating from the tree of knowledge. It's since been turned into a sexual thing, sneaky overly-sexual Eve "tempted" poor dim-witted Adam. But, really, the sin was obtaining knowledge, questioning God & the world around them. Seriously, how dare they actually think for themselves! They must be smited & banished now!
Answer by 3libras at 11:55 AM on Apr. 1, 2013
Answer by witchqueen at 12:28 PM on Apr. 1, 2013
Answer by Ballad at 5:24 PM on Apr. 1, 2013