When is it Christian, wise or foolish, to judge a person to be a fool?
In a previous post today titled; Are We Wise or Foolish Conundrum? I provided information why we should discern to understand and judge ourselves if we are wise or foolish.
Note that I addressed the question to be discerned by ‘we,’ or ourselves, to judge or understand because of my Christian belief that only one person ever born on earth was perfect.
The Purpose of This Post
Is to relate ancient wisdom verses to help us understand why we should never judge another to be a fool when we are angry.
It is honorable for a man to resolve a dispute, but any fool will quarrel. (Proverb 20:3)
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion. (Proverb 18:2)
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. (Proverb 29:11)
But I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Excerpts – Biblehub Commentaries
“Is angry with His brother without a cause – Anger, or that feeling which we have when we are injured, and which prompts us to defend ourselves when in danger, is a natural feeling, given to us:”
What’s My Point?
Many religious faith believers may address and consider everyone as brothers or sisters when communicating between them.
My point is sometimes what a person says in anger to another may injury to our vanities.
In My Opinion
There are reasons to judge another a fool based on understanding and discernment of Matthew 5:22.
For example, in these Bible hub excerpts
“Thou fool – This term expressed more than want of wisdom. It was expressive of the highest guilt. It had been commonly used to denote those who were idolaters Deuteronomy 22:21, and also one who is guilty of great crimes, Joshua 7:15; Psalm 14:1.:”
“The Jewish teachers had taught, that nothing except actual murder was forbidden by the sixth commandment. Thus, they explained away its spiritual meaning. Christ showed the full meaning of this commandment; according to which we must be judged hereafter, and therefore ought to be ruled now. All rash anger is heart murder. By our brother, here, we are to understand any person, though ever so much below us, for we are all made of one blood.”
However, in our counterparty times the word fool is often considered as a personal attack as I explained in a previous post titled: Only Wise or Foolish.
Read the Source Links below.
Regards and goodwill blogging.
Biblehub Commentaries Matthew 5:22
Only Wise or Foolish