Here is a case of two men. The first one, known as Jacob, was wise. However, his twin brother Esau was a fool. In fact, Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of beans because he was hungry.
30and Esau said to Jacob, “Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished.” Therefore his name was called Edom.
31But Jacob said, “First sell me your birthright.”
32Esau said, “Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?”
33And Jacob said, “First swear to me”; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.
34Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.
Esau is a classic example of a fool who makes decisions that are poor. God hated Esau before he was born. This is because God knows that morons do not become wise.
Christians wonder why God hated Esau when he was still in his mother's womb before he did anything wrong. This is because God knew that Esau was stupid and would make the kind of decisions that lead to failure instead of success.
Let us look at another example of people who are fools versus those who are wise.
This story is about the ten virgins:
Let us find out what happened to the fools, in contrast to the wise ones.
Notice that the fools did not go. They made a bad decision.
The question is why? God lets us make decisions, and He is not constantly telling us what to do; this is because He wants us to grow up. God does not want us to remain with the mentality of a five year old child forever.
His goal is for us to mature, and that implies learning from our previous mistakes and past experiences. The five wise virgins might have given the five foolish ones a little oil, but if they did, it would enable dependant behavior for all eternity.
Please imagine spending your entire eternity caring for people who do not learn from previous experiences. Certainly, this is not what we want to see.
God wants us to be wise.
Remember that Christ says we are to be wise as serpents.
Jesus wants us to become wise because if we are not, we will not have the wisdom to confront the wiles of the devil. Not only the devil, but evil men will try to trick us. Then we will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.
The answer is no. Fools believe that they are already wise. This explains why they do not like it when you reprove them.
1. Once a fool is identified, don’t provoke him, or you will bring grief on youself.
Avoidance is the best policy in dealing with those who lack-discernment.
2. Make the conscious decision to leave the presence of the fool, or you will become like him.
Notice that fools do not appreciate the guidance that you give. Instead, they get angry. Most feel that their way is the only way. Often, a fool is "wise" in his own eyes.
Admitting you are wrong is not easy. However, that helps you to change and to grow. Sadly, fools do not admit they are wrong.
3. Fools do not benefit from life's experiences.
Fact is, they make the same mistake again and again.
Dogs that eat something bad often throw up. Returning to eat it again will only result in more discomfort, as they do not learn that the food is bad.
Expect a fool to keep on making the same errors. He does not learn, and if you give him a warning, he will only hate you more.
Realize that this explains why fools cannot become wise.
It is because they do not learn from past experiences.
In contrast, wise men do learn from past experiences. Also, they do listen to advice when you give it to them, and they will be grateful for it.
4. Fools are scorners.
Actually, one type of fool is known as a scorner. They openly reject God's way.
If you try to explain the truth to a fool, he will deeply hate you. In fact, you will get insults from him. It has been my experience that you need to refrain from trying to tell any "truth" to those who are unwise. They will not believe you. It is not that they are misguided, it is much deeper than that. They are not even interested in looking at the facts.
The people that God can save must be willing to look at the facts, and correct themselves if they have been misguided.
Asking questions can help us become more wise. Often people will not do so, fearing to appear as a fool in front of their colleagues, but listen to this ancient Chinese saying:
"He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever."
Keep the company of wise men. Basically, you will learn their ways.
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