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Q: What does April Fools’ Day mean for Christians?
A: April Fools’ Day is here, and while it is not a national holiday, many people around the world celebrate the day with practical jokes. The bounds of social pressure confine most tricks to the good-natured and harmless, and most of us use the day to innocently have a good time with our friends.
History and literature offer a number of tidbits relating to the day, with Chaucer’s “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale” in Canterbury Tales being a fourteenth-century contributor.
God hates lying. Why? The serpent’s deception of Eve led to mankind’s rebellion, which brought a curse upon the world God created. The result was untold suffering to those He had made in His image. The serpent deceived Eve into doubting God’s goodness and then lied as he accused God of being a liar. Man was made in God’s image. God cannot lie (Numbers 23:19). Therefore, man was designed to be truthful, not deceptive.
Continue reading to briefly explore the subject of foolery and lies as it applies to believers.
News to Note Quick Look
Tarzan’s toes?: East African rock layers contemporaneous with “Lucy” have yielded up eight bones from the front part of “somebody’s” foot.
Promethean secrets: South African archaeological spelunking has confirmed cavemen knew how to keep the home-fires burning.
Biblical authority or compromise: Cloaked in anonymity, 60 “participants” gathered themselves into the Biologos fold for a midweek education at the “Theology of Celebration” conference in New York City.
Clever critters: Are animals as smart as some say?
Crisis management: Popular blogger says of Jesus: “The cross itself was not the point.”
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