I think the confusion comes in when we consider that “fool/fooling around” takes its rules from the type of clause we are using.
As you know, when a verb is the subject of a sentence, it is used in “-ing” form.
Fooling around is what he does.
The adding of “-ing” is also common practice for forming nouns from verbs.
When a verb is the subordinate clause of a sentence, we modify it accordingly (in this case an infinitive stem):
What he does is fool around.
So I feel like your two sentences are us applying the two rules above, but ordering our sentences differently. Your first example is like a list of “what he does”:
He does more than just fool around, eat food and lift weights.
Whereas your second uses a verb masquerading as a noun:
He does more than just fooling around and playing football
So, in summary, I think both are correct, but the first sounds more natural to me, since you are listing “what he does” as subordinate clauses (He does play, he does lift weights), and sometimes, verbs employed as nouns can sound a little false/forced:
He does nothing but reading books
Sounds (and is) entirely incorrect, whereas
He does nothing but read books
Carries the agreement from “does”.
1A person who acts unwisely or imprudently; a silly person.
- ‘Moussaoui may not have a fool for a client, but that decision may prove to be a foolish one.’
- ‘Your email, as any fool can see, verges on illiteracy and incoherence.’
- ‘She was making me look like a fool in front of my family.’
- ‘No doctor wants to appear a fool in front of his or her colleagues.’
- ‘After a while I got concerned that some fool would shoot it.’
- ‘The biggest moment in life, I guess, is when I worked that out for myself, when I was about 14, which any fool can do.’
- ‘You’re just an old-fashioned, close-minded fool who is stuck back in the dark ages!’
- ‘The only reason big corporations want to open casinos is to part fools from their money.’
- ‘More than a necessary evil, it has become a mandatory fool’s errand.’
- ‘Yes, I am a drooling, venal dishonest fool who is just lying because she’s mean.’
- ‘Only fools ever think they can turn things around once it’s over.’
- ‘This black-robed fool can spout things like this in public, and nobody cares.’
- ‘That’s a bad solution when taking out one fool will accomplish the same thing.’
- ‘He didn’t want to look a fool in front of his newest friend.’
- ‘We’re all on a fool’s errand, credit card in hand.’
- ‘I will continue to not know such-and-such if I’m treated like an ignorant, unsophisticated fool.’
- ‘I wish that fool would just make himself disappear.’
- ‘Dealing with drunken fools who don’t know when to quit is the downside to any bar job.’
- ‘Hey, any fool can open his mouth and espouse a set of ideals, but few ever put them into practice.’
- ‘But when I look at the abundant flow of love and respect in my adult life, I know I’m no fool.’
idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
- 1.1archaic A person who is duped or imposed on.
‘he is the fool of circumstances’
- ‘I think Australians would resent this government if they saw they were being duped and treated like fools by them.’
- ‘But no; I was deceiving myself, living in a fool’s paradise.’
- ‘However transitory the contentment is, one loves to live in a fool’s paradise.’
- ‘But are these nuggets really the key to marketing magic or just fool’s gold?’
- ‘She’d been a fool – an absolute fool – to trust him so blindly in the first place.’
laughing stock, dupe, butt, gull, pushover, easy mark, tool, cat’s paw
2historical A jester or clown, especially one retained in a royal or noble household.
- ‘Throughout the plays the resonant names of the great are subjected to comic metamorphoses in the mouths of his clowns and fools.’
- ‘In Twelfth Night, Feste plays the role of a humble clown employed by Olivia’s father playing the licensed fool of their household.’
- ‘So the emperor granted his request and decreed that one day in the year would be set aside for fools and jesters to rule.’
- ‘He, too, is an extension of More, both of his comic side in general and of his love of fools and clowns in particular, as reported by Erasmus.’
- ‘Samis are often stereotyped as the comical helpers of Santa Claus or, even more negatively, as drunken fools or jesters.’
jester, court jester, clown, buffoon, comic, joker, jokester, zany, merry andrew
1with object Trick or deceive (someone); dupe.
‘don’t be fooled into paying out any more of your hard-earned cash’
‘she tried to fool herself that she had stopped loving him’
- ‘Perhaps fooled by our mangy appearance, he insisted that we order something, his treat.’
- ‘I hope you didn’t let last year’s fake new millennium fool you.’
- ‘You can’t fool all the people, not even most of the time.’
- ‘But most (though not all) modern systems won’t be fooled by the trick.’
- ‘But I think they are fooling themselves as much as they are trying to fool you.’
- ‘And no, this isn’t just a clever rhetorical trick to fool you down some byzantine path at the end of which is a political surprise.’
- ‘She was fooled into using her fame to help promote a slimming drink, which turned out to be tea.’
- ‘They must think I’m easily fooled just cuz I’m a kid.’
- ‘We find safety in our technology, even though these shields are cheap tricks, designed to fool us into thinking we are emotionally armored.’
- ‘People do parlor tricks because they fool people, right?’
- ‘Throw the ball down the middle and let the action on his pitches fool the hitter.’
- ‘The design is practically flawless, the use of textures and atmosphere so real that you are fooled into a sense of realism.’
- ‘But those who thought they saw statistical relationships were in fact fooled by randomness.’
- ‘Do you really think I will be fooled by such simple tricks?’
- ‘He even pointed to it, and Mark knew the man was easily fooled.’
- ‘Do you mean to suggest that Chinese people are fooled or fool themselves into living in a false world?’
- ‘Like most young boys, he saw something irresistible in fooling people with magic tricks.’
- ‘”You can’t fool all the people all the time, ” declared Lincoln.’
- ‘If they fool you, they are really just fooling themselves and will end up with a room that will not make them happy.’
- ‘He could be trying to warn you not to be fooled by appearances.’
deceive, trick, play a trick on, hoax, dupe, take in, mislead, delude, hoodwink, bluff, beguile, gull, make a fool of, outwit
2no object Act in a joking, frivolous, or teasing way.
‘some lads in the pool were fooling around’
- ‘Our engineers were fooling about in the studio singing vulgar songs and making rude remarks in front of the microphone.’
- ‘Destined for academic greatness, Masters says he still had time to fool about at grammar school in Richmond, North Yorkshire.’
- ‘These may only be laughing and fooling about, but given all the publicity about drugs etc, people are afraid to walk past or talk to them.’
fiddle, play, play about, play around, toy, trifle, meddle, tamper, interfere, monkey about, monkey around
- 2.1fool aroundNorth American no object Engage in casual or extramarital sexual activity.
- ‘But for most of history, they just did the fooling around without calling it anything.’
- ‘We fooled around a bit, you know.’
- ‘The watchman was probably fooling around again – she had no time for this!’
- ‘”Stop fooling around Kira, ” snapped Rava, coming to a quick halt and eyeing the girl.’
- ‘However, he neglected to tell me that he had a girlfriend for the entire three years we’d been fooling around.’
- ‘I think he’s fooling around with somebody and wants to have the both of us around to play these silly mind games with.’
- ‘Because he wouldn’t fool around with her, and for that he must suffer!’
- ‘”I’m not fooling around, ” Colby replied, his own eyes darkening.’
philander, womanize, flirt, have an affair, commit adultery
attributive Foolish; silly.
- ‘At this point, the greater fool theory prevails.’
- ‘He said it was due to the fool advice of his father!’
- ‘Soppy fool dedications over and done with, I leave you with the following thought, supplied by the ever-reliable source of quotes that is Hamish McT.’
- ‘Most were about love and betrayal and many others were indecent things Arnel tried not to think about, although it was hard with that fool grin on the old man’s face.’
- ‘I know the manor, but not well enough to know the workings of my fool brother’s mind.’
- ‘And either there aren’t any facts or else I can’t keep them in my fool head.’
- ‘Put a microphone in the face of the fool clergy, and they will say something stupid.’
- ‘The fool assassin had found out too much, hadn’t he?’
- ‘Any fool company can produce an award-winning TV commercial.’
- ‘What none of our fool leaders have thought about is the fact that you never tell the enemy what you are going to do.’
- ‘If I promise you that, will you go away and stop risking your fool neck to Kevon’s temper?’
- ‘That things had changed I discovered in my usual fool way.’
- ‘Of course, being the stupid fool macho man that I am, I was trying to do it alone!’
- ‘At some point in any market boom, the greater fool theory comes into effect.’
- ‘‘Maybe you can talk some sense into that fool woman,’ he said.’
- ‘Lord knows nothing else in the fool thing works.’
- ‘Sorry about the fool thing, I just got carried away.’
- ‘‘I say we abandon this fool cause, Roux, this is too much’ the man pressed.’
- ‘And McClain would be known as the fool predecessor to Thrice.’
- ‘It was a foolish, late-night idea powered by a little too much alcohol, and a few soppy fool tendencies.’
be no (or nobody’s) fool
Be a shrewd or prudent person.
- ‘Harry is nobody’s fool, and he knows that his time is running out.’
- ‘Ortland has always had more hide than a team of elephants, and he is nobody’s fool, but he is looking for someone to adopt him.’
- ‘George, who was nobody’s fool, didn’t believe him.’
- ‘His considerable personal successes underline he is no fool.’
- ‘Lanidae is nobody’s fool, he is aware of something that is in his realm, but beyond that I cannot help you.’
- ‘But Mammy is nobody’s fool, least of all Scarlett’s.’
- ‘The Cardinal, who was nobody’s fool, knew fine what kind of a send-off he could expect.’
- ‘Alex was very clever at school and was nobody’s fool.’
- ‘But Abelard was an odd man and nobody’s fool.’
- ‘You can paint the cow or bathe it in perfume, but to no avail – the bull is no fool.’
a fool and his money are soon parted
proverb A foolish person spends money carelessly and will soon be penniless.
- ‘As the saying goes, a fool and his money are soon parted.’
- ‘Absent government-imposed distortions, a fool and his money are soon parted.’
- ‘They say there’s no fool like an old fool, and a fool and his money are soon parted.’
- ‘Laughable they may be, but a fool and his money are soon parted.’
- ‘After all, a fool and his money are soon parted, and the victims of these scams have brought financial misfortune on themselves, isn’t that right?’
fools rush in where angels fear to tread
proverb People without good sense or judgement will have no hesitation in tackling a situation that even the wisest would avoid.
- ‘Perhaps it’s foolish, but fools rush in, where angels fear to tread.’
make a fool of
1Trick or deceive (someone) so that they look foolish.
- ‘He is made a fool of and all’s well that ends well.’
- ‘I was in my GB skiing outfit and I think he just wanted to make a fool of me.’
- ‘Add in his gift for mimicry and he can make a fool of anyone, from fox hunters to Kilroy, Joss Stone to the Botox brigade.’
- ‘Life, however, has a habit of making fools of us.’
- ‘Nobody makes a fool of Sr. Giovanni and lives to tell the tale!’
- ‘I get 10 times a kick out of making fools out of you good guys.’
- ‘I dragged her away, demanding to know what was going on between them – I wasn’t prepared to be made a fool of like this.’
- ‘Television can make a fool of us all, but it was difficult to see what the boss was griping about.’
- ‘The judges obviously couldn’t stand him making fools out of them.’
- ‘‘I do not appreciate being made a fool of in my own home,’ she stated.’
- 1.1Behave in an incompetent or inappropriate way that makes one appear foolish.
- ‘Some officials, if not the government, are making a fool of themselves by targeting the NGOs and maligning them.’
- ‘Just as embarrassing are the ones who try to be like ‘one of the lads’, joining in childhood games and generally making a fool of themselves.’
- ‘Meanwhile, Nicholls was making a fool of himself whenever his band appeared; seeming childish and conceited in interviews and crazed on stage.’
- ‘Durkee had never appeared on camera before and feared making a fool of herself.’
- ‘Liam smiled and appeared to be refusing to look at me while I made a fool of myself.’
- ‘Other pitfalls of course include making a fool of yourself in front of colleagues at the office party.’
- ‘The important thing is not to mind making a fool of yourself.’
- ‘Let’s assume you’ve reached a level of expertise where you can handle intermediate blue runs and gentler red-run moguls without making a fool of yourself.’
- ‘‘Most people are so scared of making a fool of themselves that they forget to listen,’ added Hanscombe.’
- ‘I think women are a lot more ballsy, less worried about making a fool of themselves.’
more fool —
Used to convey that a specified person is behaving unwisely.
‘if suckers will actually pay to do the work, more fool them’
- ‘People can write me off, criticise me – more fool them!’
- ‘If they choose to go with just one quote, and it’s a big one, well more fool them!’
- ‘If you believe the rumour, more fool you for believing it.’
- ‘I think that’s beyond the pale – although, I suppose, it’s more fool them for using it.’
- ‘Heh, more fool us – we had no idea as to the welcome awaiting us.’
- ‘I’ve been out braving the sale-hungered mobs in Oxford Circus today – yes, more fool me, I know.’
- ‘If that’s what they wanna pay him, then more fool them!’
- ‘‘If you believe her,’ I snapped before he even had the chance to think about uttering a word. ‘Then more fool you.’’
- ‘That’s the nature of government: 90 percent of its agencies just aren’t very good and, if you put your life in their hands, more fool you.’
- ‘If people are silly enough not to shop around on the net for a good price then more fool them!’
play (or act) the fool
Behave in a playful or silly way.
- ‘They were acting the fool and I just caught them in the act of acting the fool.’
- ‘I played the fool through much of university and I always had fun.’
- ‘Now, when at work, he was able to play the fool – an idiot with a Rolleiflex.’
- ‘I, rather than being tricked and playing the fool, prefer being slapped in the face.’
- ‘Senior prisons officers said Friday that the inmates were not on a hunger strike but were ‘simply playing the fool.’’
- ‘In order to raise funds for his dream school, he went about begging, singing, playing the fool and enduring humiliation for decades.’
- ‘To my relief, both seem willing to offer more than just two-word replies today, with neither playing the fool.’
- ‘On stage four young men are rapping, dancing, dissing each other and playing the fool.’
- ‘But the film belongs to Clooney, who plays the fool and the charmer with polished, devil-may-care ease.’
- ‘Have things changed this much, or am I just once again playing the fool by believing him?’
clown about, clown around, act the clown, act the fool, fool about, fool around, mess about, mess around, monkey about, monkey around, footle about, footle around, joke, play pranks, indulge in horseplay
there’s no fool like an old fool
proverb The foolish behaviour of an older person seems especially foolish as they are expected to think and act more sensibly than a younger one.
- ‘Just goes to show, there’s no fool like an old fool, especially an old fool that trusts the piskies.’
- ‘There’s no fool like an old fool, these old goats don’t know how foolish they look.’
- ‘As for Khan, there’s no fool like an old fool.’
you could have fooled me!
Used to express cynicism or doubt about an assertion.
‘‘Fun, was it? Well, you could have fooled me!’’
- ‘Well, you could have fooled me — the humor in this book demonstrates that you are indeed a funny person.’
- ‘Well, with that act you pulled off, you could have fooled me!’
Middle English: from Old French fol ‘fool, foolish’, from Latin follis ‘bellows, windbag’, by extension ‘empty-headed person’.
mass noun, usually with modifier A cold dessert made of pureed fruit mixed or served with cream or custard.
‘raspberry fool with cream’
- ‘The elderflower has a musky scent that really lifts the gooseberries – try adding it to gooseberry fool too.’
- ‘Use it trickled over ice-cream sundaes, on pancakes, or with the banana fool above.’
- ‘Fruit fools, jellies, and ice creams were popular desserts.’
- ‘A chickpea purée called fool is eaten at breakfast.’
- ‘For dessert, we ordered the rhubarb and strawberry fool, with stem ginger ice cream.’
- ‘However, the milk content of this fool makes it rich in calcium, a vital bone-building nutrient, which means that it’s quite healthy if eaten in moderation.’
- ‘You can also use rosemary flowers, lightly folded into fools and creams to be served with a warm cake or fruit tart.’
- ‘Celebrate your first spotting with a crumble, then progress to the obligatory and unsurpassable gooseberry fool.’
- ‘I think I love the names of trifles, possets, fools and syllabubs more than I enjoy eating them.’
Late 16th century: perhaps from fool.
“Do not answer a fool according to his foolishness, lest you also be
like him. Answer a fool according to his foolishness, so that he may
not be wise in his own eyes” (Proverbs 26:4-5 MKJV).
Victor wrote this letter to Anton Bosch after receiving a copy of his article Don’t Correct the Fool from “Bible Lover Bill”:
I would like to address many of the things you say in this article, which was sent to me by Bill Stevenson (a.k.a. “Bible Lover Bill”), thinking it applies to me. It does not apply to me. It applies to him, but that is the way it is with those to whom we hold up the mirror.
We have spoken the truth, not scoffing, but Bill and his companions have scoffed at us. You, I expect by the spirit, tenor, and errors of your article and writings, will scoff at us as well. We will see if I am wrong.
You say some things about fools. The problem with fools is that they can recognize nothing beyond their capabilities. Therefore, if you are a fool and I speak truth to you or bear witness of the ways and will of God, you will not receive it. However, light does dispel darkness and will eventually do its work to perfection. We have that faith. So, for now, see if you have the wherewith to determine whether or not we are fools, whom you say go through life never learning. Read Our Testimonies to start and then go to some of the Music and Poems.
“Bible Lover Bill” sends me your article, thinking that the following words apply to me:
“Fools simply do not want to learn and so any attempt at correcting such is not only a waste of time, but is counter-productive and will only bring problems to the one who brings the correction.”
That is so true! So why do I argue with Bill and his friends? For the same reason that God sent the prophets to those who would not listen to the Words He put in their mouths (God even giving the prophets advance notice the people would not listen), which Words are red to this very day by the same religious fools who still do not listen.
That is why Bill is not aware that those words apply to him. If he is a fool, how will he know? But now we have given him and his associates plenty to think about, referring to specifics in their thinking and backing it with Scripture, while all they can do is get defensive and throw out pontificating criticisms without any substance at all; they can only say that we are wrong, quoting general Scripture that almost any religious fool can quote. What does that say about who is what here?
We recognize that you did not send your article to us, Anton. Bill did. Therefore, we are not accusing you of accusing us. However, I will address several errors that indicate you need to hear some things, contrary to your opinion of yourself. Claiming to work hard at being humble is your pride at work, an indication you are not about to be corrected by a servant of God. Nevertheless, if you are prepared to listen and consider, good; if you are prepared to humble yourself and turn to the Lord for righteousness’ sake, wonderful.
“A wise person, on the other hand, hardly needs to be corrected.”
Of what nature or degree of wisdom do you speak? I happen to know that a wise man is always corrected, that the Lord corrects him, and that is how he receives wisdom. Therefore, to be wiser, more correction is needed. Was any wiser than the Lord, of Whom it is said that He learned obedience by the things He suffered? So if the Son suffered, even unto death, wherein He was perfected, how do you say that a “wise person hardly needs to be corrected”?
“My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of His correction: For whom the LORD loves He corrects; even as a father the son in whom he delights” (Proverbs 3:11-12 KJV).
But we see you, Anton, perpetually trying to maintain a humble façade in your own sight. It is pure self-righteousness, which is why you look down your nose at other professors of Christ, whom you lecture about humility and other ways in which they do not meet your standards. This is a stink in God’s nose.
Of a wise person, you say:
“Such a person will be evaluating their own progress all the time and will be sensitive to the Holy Spirit to correct and lead them.”
Is a wise man his own judge? Was Paul not wise? Yet he needed a devil to keep him in place. Furthermore, he said:
“But it is a small thing to me that I am judged by you or by man’s judging; I am not even a judge of myself” (1 Corinthians 4:3 BBE).
The word “judge” here means “scrutinize, determine, discern, examine, search, question, judge, investigate….” You say a wise man is sensitive to the Holy Spirit. It sounds to me like you are in all self-righteousness. Who needs a Savior with such virtue? How do you know that you are not the fool who thinks to be right and virtuous? The Bible says one cannot evaluate himself, but you say otherwise.
Yes, we know Paul also said:
“For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged” (1 Corinthians 11:31 MKJV).
But that is a different Greek word for “judge,” which means to “separate thoroughly, discriminate,” referring to applying what God has given and shown in order to choose rightly. That is not at all the same thing as revealing our own hearts to ourselves and being able to evaluate our progress. Only God can do that:
“LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man who walks to direct his steps. LORD, correct me, but in measure: not in Your anger, lest You bring me to nothing” (Jeremiah 10:23-24 HNV).
So, is it wise to think you can correct yourself? Isn’t the heart deceitful above all things (Jeremiah 17:9)? Isn’t every way of a man right in his own eyes (Proverbs 21:2)? Wouldn’t that also apply to your judgment of yourself? Isn’t this your description of the fool?:
“The fool is self-confident and thinks that he is always right and never wrong. And here lies the heart of the issue, pride.”
Are you proud, Anton, or humble? You tell us, seeing you are able to judge yourself and others. And are we speaking to fools, those who are self-confident? I see you as quite self-confident, quite unprepared to be corrected by anyone. Bill, Jennings, and Anne all glory in self-confidence and think that we are fools for not listening to them. Are we fools for not heeding fools? Must we prove our wisdom by listening to those who speak foolishly, who are proud and not about to be corrected by sound wisdom?
“The difference between those who accept correction and those who turn on anyone who should dare bring correction to them is simply one of pride.”
If you are a fool, how can you tell the difference between wise correction of error and righteous rebuke of false accusation on the one hand, and a fool’s rejection and abhorrence of the wisdom that reproves him on the other?
Then, ironically, you write:
“The arrogant fool thinks he can do no wrong and has never come to terms with how weak and foolish we are at the best of times.”
If we are weak and foolish at the best of times, then what hope do we have of not being fools? Why denounce fools if they can only be weak and foolish at the best of times? How can a man ever be wise if he is only weak and foolish at the best of times? Do you not contradict yourself? Is your paper not a foolish tirade of fools?
“The wise man has come face-to-face with the weakness of his flesh and knows all too well how imperfect he really is and so his humility allows him to receive correction.”
Have you come to terms with yourself, Anton? It does not appear so. In essence, your paper is saying, “I am a humble, wise man, not like that publican over there. I pray, fast, give alms, have come face-to-face with the weakness of my flesh, receive correction, discern my need….” Might you have a halo, too? Is that a silly question…should I be able to see it from here? You are a noble, Christlike person in your own estimation.
Now let us take a closer look at some of the things that show where you stand. I can say you are a fool and you can say I am a fool. Some of what we have spoken can appear to be subjective and can appear to leave us in a deadlock, not that we are. But here are some statements you make that are foolish and unlearned according to Scripture.
“Even Paul after all his powerful revelations, miracles and education lived with the possibility that he could have made a mistake.”
“Powerful revelations”? What revelations of God are not powerful? “Education”? Did you not read what Paul had to say about his “education”? Here is the record:
“Circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; with respect to the law, a Pharisee; with respect to zeal, persecuting the church; with respect to righteousness which is in the Law, blameless. But such things as were gain to me, these I have considered loss for the sake of Christ. More than that I also consider all things to be loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for Whom I have sustained the loss of all things, and I consider them to be rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:5-8 EMTV).
Moses also had a great education, and as with Paul, it was the kind that tends to puff up. Moses forsook it for the better. So why do you bring up Paul’s education as something positive? It is evident that you have your confidence in the flesh. That is the mark of a fool, Anton. I would not address a fool who does not say he is godly and wise, but you are something else.
“Paul said that even though he had received his doctrine directly from the Lord (he was the last and one of the few that had this privilege), he still went to Jerusalem to meet with the Twelve to check whether his doctrine was right ‘lest by any means I might run, or had run, in vain’ (Galatians 2:2).”
Those are unlearned, foolish words indeed, unlearned because you have not learned anything of the Lord in truth, and foolish because you speak as though you have. Paul declared:
“Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father Who raised Him from the dead)” (Galatians 1:1 EMTV).
Do you really think Paul had spent years learning directly from Jesus Christ, as he declared, only to have to get approval or confirmation from the apostles in Jerusalem? That event happened after the Lord had sent Paul out to preach the Gospel, which was confirmed among several faithful witnesses (Acts 13:1-2) and by the fruits that followed. If the Holy Spirit bore witness to Paul and Barnabas and the Church separated them out in obedience, then why would there be any need of him to cover himself with the apostles at Jerusalem as to the validity of what he was preaching?
Anton, you do not know what you are talking about. You certainly do not know how revelation from God works. You call his revelations “powerful,” yet deny their power; you also deny the power of Jesus Christ – “having a form of godliness and denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5).
Paul was informing the apostles of what the Lord had given him, letting them hear it from his mouth rather than hearing it in a twisted form from someone else’s, which could have harmed the unity and harmony of the Body.
Apparently, you are also a Bibliolater, at least a stranger to revelation and to Christ the Revelator within, because you say of Paul having revelations:
“He was the last and one of the few that had this privilege.”
Those matured and learned in Christ have everything Paul had. If the God of Heaven takes up residence within a vessel, why would that vessel not have all that He is? Did not John declare?:
“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things” (1 John 2:20 EMTV).
“And as for you, the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him” (1 John 2:27 EMTV).
You have never had that privilege, which, according to John, is every true believer’s heritage. You may point to “believers” who do not have revelations from God, but are they true believers? Argue and you argue not with me, but with the Word of God by John.
“Could it be that we have not learnt the lesson Paul had that in spite of all his abilities, he at one time was so wrong that he actually persecuted the church?”
You expose yourself. It was because of “all his abilities” that Paul persecuted the Lord and His saints. He even lists “persecution” as one of his accomplishments (“concerning zeal, persecuting the church”)! This is where trusting in your own judgment takes you, but you don’t recognize it because you have never been born again. If you knew Christ, you could not compare what one knows and did pre-conversion, as a dead person, to what one discovers when alive in Him. It is only when one is born again that he knows his utter wrongness, his present corruptness and weakness of the flesh, now having a comparison with the Spirit of God within.
When Paul was converted, he learned that he had no abilities of his own, and those he had, he no longer trusted in; he counted his accomplishments as dung, as loss. You speak in opposite terms because you are based in the man of sin, in self-righteousness, in a house built on sand, the foundation of a fool, Anton, and there you are teaching as though you know something.
I see in your “statement of faith,” you say:
“It is impossible for man to justify himself before a perfect God.”
Do you believe it?
Paul’s persecution of the church happened in the power of his flesh, before he was born again. What relevance does that have to the new man? None whatsoever. But you could only say the things you say because you have never known the difference between an old and a new life. You are still in the old. You need repentance, a death at the cross, and a resurrection. You have only heard of the Lord, but you have never seen Him. Who are you to teach of Him, not having known Him, much less having been sent by Him to teach?
You ask and reply:
“Can it be that someone can be so full of himself that the possibility that he could be wrong never crosses his mind? Very definitely!”
How about it, Anton? Might that be you? You write:
“The list of arrogant fools is endless and will continue to be added to until the Lord comes.”
Are you not in that list?
You “humbly and with broken spirit” write:
“What is the solution and what will prevent us from falling into the same sad situation? The solution is in two words, humility and brokenness.”
Have you indeed been prevented from falling into the same sad situation?
“This honesty generates a great fear of his own abilities and a great dependence on the Lord and others who are able to provide wise advice and council.”
Are you honest, Anton, as well as humble, wise, and broken? Are you able to discern wise advice and counsel? Does it not take wisdom by the grace of God to do so? If grace, then it is not your doing, is it? If it is not your doing, then you have nothing to crow about, do you? Is this not arrogance and foolishness on your part?
You say in another writing, “I am looking for a Kingdom that will not fade away and where I will have real power….” You also speak of expecting the “rapture” very soon. You are looking in vain for what God has already given His saints:
“For He has delivered us from the power of darkness and has translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son” (Colossians 1:13 MKJV).
Your error, and the pride it breeds, arises from the fact that you have never been converted to experience the victory of the Lord or His power.
The power you live by is your own, the power of the flesh that is at enmity with the Lord Jesus Christ. You strive to be humble according to your own definition of humility, not realizing that the very nature of your quest comes from your pride. If you are not in the Kingdom, as you admit, then you are not in the place of real power, and it is not Christ in you dealing with the man of sin. It is you, the man of sin, trying to emulate what you have conceived Jesus Christ to be. What can be more presumptuous and proud than that, and more of a fool’s errand? How can the antiChrist throw out the antiChrist and attain to Christhood?
God knows how to abase the proud, but you have never been abased by Him, Anton. If you had been, you would know that He is able to put away pride, and to keep it away, by His grace and sufficiency, even when that means sending a devil to provide a thorn in the flesh. Your sufficiency is of yourself, which, even though you admit it is not sufficient, you persist in and judge others insufficient.
This is the height of hypocrisy; you make yourself more righteous than the self-righteous, unwittingly crowning yourself as the hypocrite of hypocrites. You sit there judging your religious brethren, while you do the same thing as them and worse, loading them with a burden impossible to carry and condemning them for not carrying it as well as you think you do. How vile and despicable! You are most repulsive to God, and you anger Him greatly. It is no wonder that you also quote Andrew Murray, a kindred spirit and mentor.
You would have others forever groveling in darkness “until the Lord comes.” For those who are His, He has come, but you continue to wait in your sins and presumption and pride you call humility.
Now for your title and general subject matter, Solomon declares:
“Don’t make a fool of yourself by answering a fool. But if you answer any fools, show how foolish they are, so they won’t feel smart” (Proverbs 26:4-5 CEV).
One who has most certainly been the greatest of fools, but is delivered and now speaks by His Savior and the Savior of all men, that fools may learn as this one-time fool has, by the sheer grace and mercy of the One Who laid His life down for fools and took it up again, bringing them with Him, whole,
Anton did not reply.
Click HERE to read our correspondence with “Bible Lover Bill.”
April Fools Day
by Claire Powell and Dave Collett
What is April Fools Day and what are its origins? It is commonly believed that in medieval France, New Year was celebrated on 1 April. Then in 1562, Pope Gregory introduced a new calendar for the Christian world, changing New Year to 1 January. With no modern communications, news travelled slowly and new ideas were often questioned. Many people did not hear of the change, others chose to ignore it, while some merely forgot. These people were called fools. Invitations to non-existent ‘New Year’ parties were sent and other practical jokes were played. This jesting evolved over time into a tradition of playing pranks on 1 April. The custom eventually spread to England and Scotland, and it was later transported across the Atlantic to the American colonies of the English and the French. April Fools Day has now developed into an international festival of fun, with different nationalities celebrating the day in special ways.
In France and Italy, if someone plays a trick on you, you are the ‘fish of April’. By the month of April fish have only just hatched and are therefore easy to catch. Children stick paper fish to their friends’ backs and chocolate fish are found in the shops.
In Scotland, April Fools Day lasts for two days! The second day is called ‘Taily Day’ and tricks on this day involve the bottom (or the ‘tail’ in informal speech). Often a sign saying ‘kick me’ is stuck onto someone’s back without them knowing.
In Spain and Mexico, similar celebrations take place on 28 December. The day is the Feast of the Holy Innocents. Originally, the day was a sad remembrance of the slaughter of the innocent children by Herod in his search for the baby Jesus. It eventually changed to a lighter commemoration of innocence involving pranks and trickery.
Today, Americans and the British play small tricks on friends and strangers alike on 1 April. A common trick is to point to a friend’s shoe and say ‘Your shoelace is untied.’ When they look down, they are laughed at. Schoolchildren might tell a friend that school has been cancelled. A bag of flour might be balanced on the top of a door so that when the ‘victim’ opens the door, the flour empties over their head. Sometimes the media gets involved. Once, a British short film was shown on April Fools Day about spaghetti farmers and how they harvest their crop from spaghetti trees!
Most April Fool jokes are in good fun and not meant to harm anyone. The best trick is the one where everyone laughs, especially the person upon whom the joke has been played.
April Fool’s Day, 1989
UFO Lands Near London
Two British policemen were sent to investigate a glowing flying saucer on 31 March, the day before April Fool’s Day. When the policemen arrived at a field in Surrey, they saw a small figure wearing a silver space suit walking out of a spacecraft. Immediately the police ran off in the opposite direction. Reports revealed that the alien was in fact a midget, and the flying saucer was a hot air balloon that had been specially built to look like a UFO by Richard Branson, the 36-year-old chairman of Virgin Records.
Branson had planned to land the balloon in London’s Hyde Park on 1 April. However, a wind change had brought him down in a Surrey field. The police were bombarded with phone calls from terrified motorists as the balloon drifted over the motorway. One lady was so shocked by the incident that she didn’t realise that she was standing naked in front of her window as she was describing the UFO to a radio station