Chicago, IL: A popular online Bible Study, Reading for Wisdom and Life, has taken a surprisingly hard line on every grade school student's favorite day at school: April 1, also known as April Fool's Day.
In a lesson called "April Fool's Day: the heretics birthday," the program encourages people young and old to disdain foolishness, and participate in holiday revelry at their own peril. In particular, tomfoolery can lead to embracing ancient heresies, it says.
"Scripture is clear," says Dr. Neil Olstad, co-owner of the website with his wife, Marcy Olstad. "'He who trusts in his own heart is a fool...' (Proverbs 28:26). Then again, 'For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God' (1 Cor 3:19). And then, 'A fool has no delight in understanding, but in expressing his own heart' (Proverbs 18:2). Foolishness is just plain evil," he said.
Marcy admitted that they trod a hard road in coming to this extreme point of view. "When we were first married, we used to play pranks on each other, especially around what we now call 'the heretics birthday.' Then one day I strung what was left of a box of Corn Chex together on a clear piece of plastic filament, and Neil was so famished that morning, he poured it into a big bowl, doused it with milk, and scarfed it down. We spent many hours afterward in the ER and it required an intestinal operation. Worst of all, we developed such an abhorrence to suffering that we became docetists, thinking that Christ only seemed to suffer on the cross. One foolish prank put us within a wisp of death and damnation. We needed to repent and tell others the bad news that is April Fool's Day," said Marcy.
"I still can't eat Chex party mix," said Neil, tearing up. "Why can't we have an 'April Wisdom's Day,' huh? Why must we endure this culture of death?" And he wept bitterly.
Local diocesan authorities could not be reached for comment.
(He who trusts in Humor-Blogs.com is a fool.)