Whosoever Shall Say, Thou Fool, Shall Be In Danger Of Hell Fire

By Thomas Keyes
Feb. 12, 2005

Here is Verse 22 of Chapter 5 of the Gospel According to St. Matthew, in the translation commissioned by King James:

"But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire."

I've noticed over the years that Christians have a great penchant for calling anyone who disagrees with Christian 'teachings' a fool or an idiot. This is as much as to say, "We have all the answers and no one else knows anything. Not only do we have the rules for governing our own lives, but we have the rules that everyone else must also obey. There is no debate on any issue, because we know everything, and no one has any relationship with us unless it is to gain the infinite wisdom we alone can dispense."

Anyway, if a Christian is angry and feels an urge to call someone a fool, he should think of the above warning supposedly from the lips of the Messiah himself.

I personally don't take the Gospel According to St. Matthew seriously. I see that whoever wrote the Gospel of Matthew has tried to hijack a number of utterances from the Jewish Bible as translated into the Greek that he read and wrote, adopting and adapting them as 'prophecies' that he would prove 'fulfilled' by inventing childish little fables out of thin air. He probably this did with a view to creating a documentary basis for the establishment of some sort of religious or political body that he would preside for the enlightenment of those around him and the aggrandizement of his own prestige and wealth. I say 'he', but, of course, the author of the abovesaid Gospel might have been a woman, or a number of collaborators, male and/or female, probably adults, in any case.

If were Christian, however, I think I would take Christ's warning seriously. After all hell fire is forever.

To show you the pigheaded arrogance of Christians, let me take the case of Nicholas Copernicus, who along with Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler, evolved the heliocentric model of the universe that supplanted the then- fashionable geocentric model. Basically, their view was that the Earth revolves around the Sun rather than vice versa. Today, according to the theory of relativity, we can have it both ways. But in the milieu of their age, the heliocentric model represented a scientific advance that would lead to modern physics and astronomy, which have proved so beneficial to the human race. Anyway, Martin Luther, founder of the Lutheran Church, disputed Copernicus' theories, not on the basis of any observations or calculations that he had made, but on the basis of a passage from Chapter 10 of Book of Joshua, in which Joshua commands, "'Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.' And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed...". Luther reasoned that in order for Joshua to command them to stand still, the Sun and Moon must have been moving in the first place, which proved Copernicus a fool. Here are his words:

"There is talk of a new astrologer who wants to prove that the earth moves and goes around instead of the sky, the sun, the moon, just as if somebody were moving in a carriage or ship might hold that he was sitting still and at rest while the earth and the trees walked and moved. But that is how things are nowadays: when a man wishes to be clever he must needs invent something special, and the way he does it must needs be the best! The fool wants to turn the whole art of astronomy upside-down. However, as Holy Scripture tells us, so did Joshua bid the sun to stand still and not the earth." Elsewhere Luther refers to Copernicus as "a fool who went against Holy Writ."

I can understand that Luther might have reasoned that Copernicus was wrong, but how could an intelligent, mature man base his argument on the Book of Joshua? In the Book of Joshua, of course, the Jews make the walls of Jericho tumble by blowing trumpets, and Joshua stops the Jordan River to let the Jews cross. In other words, the Book of Joshua is just a book of nursery rhymes.

I'm glad that there is no Hell. Sure, Martin Luther was a pain in the neck, but I wouldn't wish Hell on anyone, even a Christian. A few lashes with a whip or a short prison term would be plenty.


About the author Thomas Keyes: I have written two books: A SOJOURN IN ASIA (non-fiction) and A TALE OF UNG (fiction), neither published so far.

I have studied languages for years and traveled extensively on five continents.

Email: udikeyes@yahoo.com

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