However, in other verses the Bible calls people fools: Psalm 14:1, Psalm 15:3, Proverbs 28:26, Matthew 23:17, Matthew 23:19, Luke 11:40, Luke 24:25, Romans 1:21-22, I Corinthians 15:36, and Galatians 3:1, for example.
It is never right to call someone a fool “without a cause.” In Matthew 5:21-22, Jesus is speaking of hatred. He condemns anger “without a cause.” If we have hatred in our heart and call someone a fool, this is murder in God’s eyes.
As an illustration, the death penalty is instituted by God for murderers (Genesis 9:6). Someone who kills a murderer is not himself a murderer because he has a righteous cause for killing. However, someone who kills a man without a just cause is a murderer. Likewise, it is acceptable to be angry with someone, but only for a righteous cause. Jesus called some men fools (as did Paul), but they had righteous causes for doing so—it was not hatred for these people.
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