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Don’t be fooled!

Don’t be fooled! Have you ever been fooled? I am sure most of us have been during some point in our life. It appears that there are all kinds of people trying to fool us these days. Maybe you have been a victim of scam phone calls, scam e-mails, or some other kind of scam. However, it is a horrible feeling to be fooled by these scammers. There are so many scams out there that some people have lost their entire savings by trusting the scammers.

Still on the 1st April, April Fool’s Day, many people are prepared not to be caught out, but some are caught off guard – at least an April fool prank can be harmless fun compared to losing your life savings! Now nobody likes to be called a fool, do they? Yet, the topic of the fool appears in the Bible more than 70 times. This is what the Bible says in Psalm 14:1, ‘The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God."

The word fool in its original context is describing someone who is in moral opposition to God. This is not an insult or a slur; it is an accurate description of the word. On the other hand, some people call Christians fools for believing there is a God. In fact, I often hear stories of Christians being mocked for their faith in God. We all have choices to make in life: we can choose to believe there is an Intelligent Designer, or there is no God.

Personally, how can I disregard history and archaeological discoveries that confirm what the Bible says is true? How can I ignore Bible prophecies that have been fulfilled and still are being fulfilled? How can I deny the testimonies of millions of people who have been radically changed by Jesus Christ in a positive way? Incidentally, I also hear stories from people who have tried everything in life to make them happy, but these things only left them feeling even more empty. We live in a world where many voices try to tell us there is no God or there is some other ‘better’ alternative.

In my view, I find a life without God has nothing positive to offer me because I once rejected God and lived that kind of life. For example, before I became a Christian in 1983, I found life very unsatisfying and empty. Of course, I tried to find satisfaction in all kinds of things - but it all failed. After all, I believed in many false assumptions and unproven theories that tried to dismiss the accuracy of the Bible and the reality of God.

Thankfully, I made the right decision to follow God, and it has profoundly changed my life. I have answers to all the big questions about life; I have a peace that passes all understanding; I have a hope beyond the grave and so many other wonderful blessings in my life. Sadly, many do not want to know these heavenly blessings for many bizarre reasons. Yes, we can all be fooled, but do you really want to be fool out of the gift of eternal life that the Gospel of John talks about in John 3:15?

Finally, the word of God says in Galatians 6:7, ‘Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God.’

Rev J Dereck Grant
Church of God Nairn & Railway Mission Chaplain