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Why did Jesus call people fools and yet condemn others for doing the same thing? MATTHEW 23:17

MATTHEW 23:17—Why did call people fools and condemn others for doing the same thing?

PROBLEM: said, “whoever says [to brother], `You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire” (Matt. 5:22). He Himself said to the scribes and Pharisees, “Fools and blind!” (Matt. 23:17) The Apostle Paul, following suit, said, “O foolish Galatians” (Gal. 3:1; cf. 1 Cor. 15:36).

SOLUTION: are good reasons why a strong difference between the two uses of the term “fool.” First, this another example of the principle that the same word can be with different meanings in different contexts ( Introduction). For instance, the word “dog” can be of a canine animal or a detested person.

Second, in Matthew 5, it in the context of someone who “angry” with brother, indicating a hatred. Neither nor Paul harbored hatred toward those to whom applied the term. Thus, their of the term “fool” does not violate ’ prohibition against calling others a fool.

Third, technically speaking, only commanded that a “brother” (Matt. 5:22) not be called a “fool,” not an unbeliever. In fact the scriptural description of a fool one who “ said in heart, ` no ’ ” (Ps. 14:1). In view of this, one can the seriousness of calling a brother a fool; it tantamount to calling him an unbeliever. Hence, He who “knew what was in ” (cf. 2:25) called unbelievers “fools,” it was a most appropriate description of what really were.

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[1], N. L., & Howe, T. A. (1992). critics ask : A popular handbook Bible difficulties (357). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books.

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