2 Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.
Proverbs 18:2 (NLT)
This verse is telling us not to waste time on fools. I can relate to the lesson right here in this blog. There were religious people who came across this blog, read my writings and asked a few questions. I did my best to answer but the respond I got was insults and slanders.
One of them responded by saying that I was leading her into demonic doctrines. Of course, over time I learn from my mistakes. I still reply to them but I no longer spend much time trying to convince them on the goodness of God.
The latest comment came from a person who wrote he would pray for me because I have been deceived by the Prosperity Gospel. He quoted the incident in Acts where Peter said he had neither gold nor silver to prove that the promise of prosperity from God in the Bible is a lie. He added that we should seek to glorify God and should not seek after the world. I replied by thanking him for his prayers and asked him to pray that I will get richer and richer for the glory of God. He did not respond. I must have got on his nerves.
I have stop trying to explain the Bible to those under the bondage of religion because they are not interested in understanding the Bible. Their concern is only in defending their religious doctrines and not the truth. This is why Proverbs 18:2 says fools have no interest in understanding and they only want to air their own opinion. Why else do you think the fools are fools? They refuse to learn. They stubbornly insist that their own opinions are correct and oppose everyone who disagreed with them. I have been the receiving end of some of their slanders and lies.
By the way, I am not bitter. In fact I keep their slanderous remarks in this blog as a testimony on how evil the bondage of religion can be. The real message for us here is, we do not have to explain our position every time we are asked. If there are people who are really sincerely seeking the truth, then it is right for us to explain the best we can.
However, if we were approached by the fools (like those under the bondage of religion) and they asked questions with the intention to degrade the Word Of God, it will be a waste of time for us to explain. No matter what we say, they will twist our words to make it sound like a heresy. This is their specialty. In their mind, their religion is the only truth and the only way to read the Bible is to twist the meanings to fit into their religion.
There is also a positive lesson for us here. Since we are not fools, we have interest in understanding. We should make an effort to understand the system around us. We should try to understand how much God loves us, how much he wants to prosper us in all things and how faithful he is in keeping his promises.
At the same time, we must not neglect the physical world around us. Being a Christian does not mean read the Bible alone and ignore the rest of the world. As Christians, we are not monks of hermits. We are gods. We have the legal rights and authority in this world. God’s will for us in this world is to use our powers to be a blessing to the people of this world. How can we bless them if we don’t understand the situation they are facing? What are you going to do if you were told many people don’t have bread to eat? Are you going to suggest them to eat cake instead?
In conclusion, we should not waste time on fools. Instead we should try to understand the Bible and the situation around us.