The Bare Soul - April 1, 2012
Whose Fool Are You?

I Corinthians 1:18 - For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Most of us in western civilization have either been the perpetrator or the victim of a joke or a gag on the first day of April. While no one is absolutely certain regarding how April Fools Day began, most relate it to the change from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar in the late 16th century. The Julian calendar which had been used since the days of the Romans began around the first day of April which was in accordance with the vernal equinox or the arrival of spring. So, when Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar to begin on January 1, those who continued to insist that April 1 was the start of the new year were regarded as "fools." Supposedly, from this sprang the idea of making April 1 "All Fools Day" or April Fools as it is now most commonly referred. From this 500 year old edict to change the start of the new year, we now have a day in which jokes and foolishness reign supreme. All because of the supposed resistance of some to not submit to the obvious. They would forever remain symbols of man's foolishness to resist change.

A similar group resistant to change is the Flat Earth Society (FES). In a mostly tongue and cheek fashion, they challenge whether indeed the world is round since only a few have truly witnessed this phenomenon hanging in space as it does. Of course, with the vast amount of empirical data proving them wrong, they have removed themselves from a place of ludicrous ridicule from when they first began to a place of questioning the reality of anything that cannot first be experienced by anyone at any time. While "April Foolsters" of centuries past and contemporary FES members look foolish to us today, how much more foolish must we appear to God when we reject the overwhelming empirical data supporting Jesus Christ as the Savior of the World? Once the data was introduced for both a new calendar and a round orb, most of the naysayers were silenced out of respect for the conclusiveness of the facts. However, no matter how much proof the Christian community offers to the world regarding how Jesus is the only way to salvation, they refuse to believe. Of course, those of us who have come to a saving knowledge of our Lord understand that the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so they cannot come to a knowledge of the saving grace of Jesus (II Corinthians 4:4). However, for the sake of those who are appointed for eternal life, let us look at the facts.

While there are numerous specifics regarding the scientific and historical accuracy of Scriptures, I will present only only the mathematical proof due to the limited size of this writing. In his book Science Speaks, Dr. Peter Stoner applies the principle of probability to Jesus fulfilling just eight of the more than 300 prophecies in the Old Testament about Himself. (To see the particular prophecies Dr. Stoner uses, please access the following link: http://www.goodnewsdispatch.org/math.html) The odds are astronomical in scope! The mathematical probability of Christ fulfilling just eight prophecies is 10 to the 28th power. Or, for simplicity sake and to see the sheer size of the number, the possibility that Jesus could fulfill just eight prophecies as He did is a one in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 probability! If there is so much certainty regarding His legitimacy regarding prophetic and mathematical proof, we would be wise and not foolish to ascertain who Jesus said He is and to act accordingly. Since there is undeniable proof that Jesus is the Savior of the world according to fulfilled prophecy, is there another savior that others can worship and expect entry to Paradise? If we take scriptures such as John 14:6 which clearly state that "no man comes to the Father but through Me" then we must concede that Jesus is who He said He is and that He is the only way to salvation. Others such as John 8:24 and Acts 4:12 reinforce this fact. His credibility of proclaiming His own deity and His mission to this earth is undeniable by His fulfillment of Scripture. Therefore, we must believe all that He says about Himself, or we become those most to be pitied because of our foolish resistance.

While April Fools Day is a way in which our current society uses a little humor to lighten our daily loads, the origins of this annual day for pranksters has its roots in foolish resistance. While those original foolsters were probably tongue and cheek (much like the aforementioned flat-earthers), it makes no sense to defiantly resist the facts provided by the burden of proof. As Paul dealt with those in ancient Corinth who prided themselves in their great Greek learning, he referred to those who resisted the facts as foolish (I Corinthians 1:18; I Corinthians 1:27). Later, in I Corinthians 4:10, he tells the church in this great city how he has become a fool for Christ through the seeming foolishness of the gospel. We must ask ourselves: Whose fool are we? Will we continue to believe as we desire so we can live lives unimpeded by God? Or, will we finally submit to Christ and the preponderance of data which supports who He is? The simple fact is this: we will be someone's fool, whether Christ's or our own sensibilities. May we all submit to Jesus and the foolishness of the cross, for only in Him is our hope!

Heavenly Father, thank You for such a simple plan of salvation that all might accept Your Son. Thank You that all we must do is resist the foolishness of our own concepts of life and salvation and trust totally in You and Your wisdom. May all who read this come into an understanding of the wisdom behind what seems to many as such foolishness. Thank You for Your great gift to us. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Your Barefoot Servant,

Rick

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