Jesus said don’t call your brother a fool, yet He called the disciples fools in Luke 24:25, was this a contradiction?
Before you call anyone a fool and justify it with scriptures, first of all try to do a research to know how the word was used…the Bible was not written in English, one word in Hebrew or Greek can mean over three things, therefore seek to know how the word occured, before using it on people. Out of curiosity, I sought to find out if this was a contradiction and this was what I got👇
This will help👇
How foolish you are” doesn’t mean that Jesus called his disciples wicked people. The Greek word ἀνόητοι (anoētoi) is another word than mωρέ (mōre), that has been used in Matthew 5:22 and 23:17 for “foolish” and is connected with wickedness. Jesus said: “And anyone who says, “You fool (mωρέ)!” will be in danger of the fire of hell” (Matthew 5:22). Jesus used a word that doesn’t call his disciples wicked people, but wanted to guide them to get more understanding about the Scriptures. In Luke 24:25 the word ἀνόητοι means “weakness or dullness” in relation to correct his disciples that they didn’t see what he had himself so clearly predicted, and what had been foretold by the prophets.
The disciples had difficulties to learn about Jesus in the Scriptures
“Slow to believe” means not fast to discover or understanding and a bit lazy to learn. The disciples were doubting about the words of Jesus and didn’t trust his promises. The disciples had suffered so much in the time Jesus was separated from them, that they had lost prophecies of Jesus. They had forgotten the Jesus’ prediction that he had to die and will rise from the dead (Luke 9:22). Therefore Jesus didn’t use a word to downplay his disciples, but encouraged them to grow in Scripture knowledge.
Jesus did not call his disciples fools, but coached his pupils to grow in the spiritual knowledge of the Bible. The word “fool” is just an unfortunate translation. Jesus had compassion with his disciples and his reaction to them was justified because they didn’t understand the true meaning of the Scripture.
Don’t call your brethren fool and try to justify it with scriptures.