Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Bible Study Argues That April Fool's Day Leads To Heresy

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.)


Irenaeus said...

The thing is, I thought it was real until I saw the small print. Not because I'm gullible, but because I know such Protestant people who would do such things...

angelmeg said...

As for me I will become a fool for the Lord. But that's just me.

I would hate to have to lean on my own wisdom, I would be sunk for sure.

LarryD said...

IC, I think you might have worked yourself into a theological quandary here. You stated that April Fool's Day jokes lead to heresy, which is of course a joke, stated on April Fool's Day no less, so it's possible you could be on the slippery slope leading to heresy.

Oh the irony of it all!

I will pray for you!


Allen said...

Well... It's my birthday, so I celebrate it, regardless of being labeled a hairy tick. Everyone is invited to watch me burn at the stake later this evening. There'll be cake.

The Ironic Catholic said...

Irenaeus, I know Catholic people who would do such things!

Allen, Happy Birthday!

Angelmeg, you and St Francis. You're both righteous fools, though.

larryd, I need all the prayers I can get.

Mac McLernon said...

You've been tagged!