SAYING, "THOU FOOL"
But I say unto you... whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire, MAT 5:22.
We will direct your attention to three totally different words in the Greek, which are translated into the word, "fool," in the King James Version of the Holy Bible. This admonition of Jesus found in our text, is not meant for those who use the word fool to convince others of their vanity or folly.
The word "vain," as used in JAM 2:20 means "empty," or the same as, "Raca". The apostle James did not use that word disdainfully, or to harm his brother, but to show the emptiness, vanity or folly of faith without works. "But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?"
The word fool as used by the apostle Paul in 1CO 15:36 is taken from the Greek word "Aphron," which means "ignorant-- unbelieving--unwise." "But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die." Herein the apostle was reproving the Corinthian church for their unbelief.
The Lord Jesus Christ called His own disciples fools for their human reasoning in LUK 24:25-26. There the word fools is taken from the Greek word "Anoetos," which means "unintelligent." "Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken. Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?"
Using the word fool to denote foolishness or vanity to excite repentance is not a violation of the sixth commandment. The word "fool," as used in our text is taken from the Greek word, "Moros" which means, "Dull or stupid--heedless--blockhead-- absurd--fool. These words are used for blasting with infamy, i.e., they are despising and hateful terms which reveal the wrong motive of the heart. Using those terms are a violation of the sixth commandment.
The word, "Moros\or fool", as used in our text is a spiteful word--pronouncing hatred and dishonor. This reveals a haughty taunting of a brother--maliciously censuring him as abandoned of God. This word, "fool," pronounces a man to be without grace--it touches his spiritual condition. Jesus said, "whosoever shall say to a brother, "Moros\or Thou fool," [which means, "Dull or stupid--heedless--blockhead--absurd--fool, Thou child of hell], "shall be in danger of hell fire."
Our Saviour will judge us with the same judgment wherewith we judge our fellow man. Jesus said in LUK 6:37, "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven." Bitter words are as arrows which wound suddenly. "Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity: Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words," PSA 64:2-3.
When we receive but a glimpse into our own heart we have not one stone to throw. Jesus said unto the scribes and Pharisee, who had brought him a woman taken in adultery, "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her...being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, [But now see the earnest admonition Jesus gave the woman] go, and sin no more." Amen.
The workers of iniquity