Are You A Fool Like Me?

I’m sure it’s the little boy still hiding in my 57-year-old paralyzed body, but I enjoy trying to pull off a good April Fools Day joke on Mary. In our thirty-two years of marriage, I probably have a 75% success rate.

It can be a real challenge to carry out a successful April fools joke with ALS because I can’t speak so I have to attempt to fool her via email or using my computer’s (no inflection) robot voice (the only “voice” I’ve had for the last twenty years).

As I’m sure you know, April Fools Day and Easter (the day we celebrate Christ’s resurrection from the dead) fall on the same day this year. The two have not fallen on the same day since 1956.

Are Christians fools for believing that Christ was literally raised from the dead?

Atheists, agnostics and those of other faiths, believe it is foolish to believe that a man who had been dead for three days would rise up and walk out of His tomb.

Lee Strobel (author of “The Case For Christ“) put it this way:

“When I was an atheist and legal editor of The Chicago Tribune, I would have smirked at the fact that Easter this year falls on April Fools’ Day. Because back then, I thought that anyone would have to be a fool to believe that Jesus literally rose from the dead.”

Lee Strobel is now a Christian Apologist, an Associate Pastor of a large church in The Woodlands, Texas, and a best-selling author. His latest book, “The Case For Miracles” came out on March 27th.

Back when Lee was an atheist, he became furious when his wife told him that she had become a Christian. He set out to prove that Christianity was the biggest hoax in history. He began his research by rightly determining that the foundation of Christianity is the resurrection of Christ.

As an award-winning investigative journalist and a Yale-educated attorney, he reasoned, that he was more than qualified to expose this hoax. Lee spent two years researching historical documents and interviewing experts on the resurrection for the book he planned to title “The Case Against Christ.”

After completing his exhaustive research, Lee made a commitment to follow Christ and titled his best-selling book, “The Case For Christ.”

โ€œA young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his readingโ€ย C.S. Lewis

Way back when I was young and knew everything, I considered myself to be an agnostic. I really didn’t have an interest in anything that had to do with “religion” so, without even knowing the definition of the word, It seemed like a safe and non-offensive thing to be so I chose that label for myself.

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.” (Proverbs 12:15)

For the record, the definition of agnostic is: a person who holds the view that any ultimate reality (such as God) is unknown and probably unknowable; one who is not committed to believing in either the existence or the non-existence of God or a god.

“The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God…” (Psalm 14:1)

But, Lee Strobel, C.S. Lewis and so many others have demonstrated that “ultimate reality,” like the resurrection of Christ, is not “unknowable.”

“Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell — and great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:26-27)

We’re all fools in the eyes of someone; either in the eyes of man, or in the eyes of God.

It’s not a great selling point, and it’s a very humbling thing to do, but a follower of Christ is one who chooses to be a fool in the eyes of an unbelieving world. Yes, Christians know that we are viewed as fools in the eyes of an unbelieving world. The Bible told us about this too:

“We are fools for Christ’s sake…we are without honor…when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure; when we are slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things…”
(1 Corinthians 4:10-14)

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Seriously, this Easter, I really hope that atheists, agnostics, and all those who have dismissed the resurrection of Christ would take a new look at this event that has reshaped history and transformed millions upon millions of hearts and minds in every corner of the world.

Placing your hope in Christ is truly Unshakable Hope. It’s hope for this life, and for the next.

“…if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” (Romans 8:11)

Please watch this three minute video by Lee Strobel


About Bill Sweeney

In 1996, Bill was diagnosed with ALS (โ€œLou Gehrigโ€™s Diseaseโ€) and the doctors told him he had 3-5 years to live. He is now completely paralyzed and unable to speak, but by Godโ€™s grace, heโ€™s still alive and through his blog shares a message of hope in Christ - Unshakable Hope!

Posted on March 30, 2018, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 119 Comments.

  1. Wanted to drop by and ask how are you brother Bill

  2. Great post. It still lives and breathes hope in May! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Amen-Amein Brother in Christ Jesus-Yeshua!! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’œ

    Praise Christ-MESSIAH Jesus-Yeshua for Today and Everyday Forevermore HE is RISEN and ALIVE at the RIGHT HAND side of our ONE TRUE GOD THE HEAVENLY FATHER who art in Heaven Above!!

    Our ONE True GOD’S LOVE ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’• is ETERNAL THROUGH HIS SON Christ-MESSIAH Jesus-Yeshua for Today and Everyday Forevermore!!

    Love ๐Ÿ’• Always and Shalom ( Peace ), YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

  4. Amen! Praise the Lord!

  5. Great post Bill. I really enjoyed reading it. I like when you said, “… a follower of Christ is one who chooses to be aย foolย in the eyes of an unbelieving world.” And I couldn’t agree more.

    As Christians, we are fools to the people around us who cannot understand how we can love and worship Jesus Christ.

    I never took the chance to say, “Thank you” for following my blog all of those months ago and am now getting around to your little “pocket” of the internet.

  6. I don’t know why I am not getting your posts – I need to check my settings! I am so proud to be a fool for JESUS!

  7. Glad to see you are still blogging!

  8. St. Francis of Assis is a called a fool for Christ’s sake. I have been following the footsteps of St. Francis. So call me a fool. Blessings to you. Perpetua.

  9. Reblogged this on LIVING ETERNAL NOW and commented:
    Great Easter message. Pass it on

  10. I share the same hope as you! Thank you for sharing your gift of communicating Godโ€™s truth through your writings. You are a blessing! ๐Ÿค—

  11. I really like this…”Weโ€™re all fools in the eyes of someone; either in the eyes of man, or in the eyes of God.”

  12. โ€œYou ask me how I know he lives in my heartโ€ I remember those words from my childhood. But the I describable joy comes to those whom Christ chooses to manifest himself or make himself known.. the children of the Resurrection. Easter Resurrection blessings be yours in fullest measure.

  13. Reblogged this on YAHWEH-NISSI.

  14. Bill, I loved Lee Strobel’s book: The Case for Christ. I read it aloud to my kids when we were homeschooling. Seeds were planted and it encouraged me too. Thank you for being a planter of Unshakable Hope seeds.
    Blessings to you and Mary ~ Wendy

    • It’s a good book and the movie is really good too. Did you like homeschooling, Wendy? As you saw, I finally got back on Twitter. Thank you for re-treeting this post.

      • I loved homeschooling. One of my sons recently told me he’s glad we did because it helped him avoid some temptations he wasn’t so sure he would have been able to withstand at such a young age. God is good. You’re welcome for the re-tweet. Thank you for sharing my post too. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Our daughter and son-in-law are considering all options for schooling, including homeschooling.

          • The online homeschooling community is huge. There’s no shortage of info and support out there. The most important thing is to invite God to be the school Principal. He’s a gracious Leader who brings out the best in the teachers and students. Each family is unique in how they approach homeschooling. It’s a wonderful way to bond with your kids–and them with each other. Even though my adult children don’t believe what I believe anymore (for now), we are close and we all share a love of music and classics written by Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. I’m grateful for those years of amazing grace. Many seeds were planted. They knew their Bibles better than many of their church friends because we spent a lot of time reading it and narrating it back to each other.

          • My daughter lives in an area with a really large homeschooling community, they even have their own sports league. And, some of her friends homeschool. My grandson, her oldest, is 4 so she has time to decide. I’ll have her read your encouraging comments. Thanks.

          • One of the best parts was reading to my children and teaching them to read. We found easy reading success using a simple book another homeschool mom suggested. It tells you exactly what to do. It appealed to me because I hate complicated curriculum. Here’s the Goodreads link:
            It’s best to only use advice that sparks hope and joy. May the Lord bless their journey.

          • Thank you for your advice, Wendy.

  15. Outstanding!! Thank you, Bill, for this powerful post! I hope your Easter was especially blessed!!

  16. Amen, love it! โค๏ธ I gladly sign on the dotted line! This post is just as good as the one preached by our pastor this morning on the โ€œfoolishnessโ€ of believing in the resurrection.

    • Thank you, Mia. Your Pastor is right, to unbelievers, it is foolishness to believe that Jesus was raised from the dead. To believe that Jesus is the Messiah takes more than human reasoning, it takes a revelation from the Holy Spirit:
      “Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood (human intellect) did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:16-17)

  17. Great word, Bill, thanks. I shared it on Facebook. A blessed Easter to you and your family.

  18. WONDERFUL post, Bill. When an investigative reporter like Lee Strobel puts his skills to work to discover truth, and uncovers pages and pages of knowledge and analysis from experts that proves Jesus’ resurrection, we’d be fools not to at least consider what he uncovered. I didn’t know he’d written a new book about miracles; ‘will have to check it out. Meanwhile, may your Easter celebration be a memorable one, Bill, filled with joy, laughter, and goosebumps for the glorious reality that HE IS RISEN!

  19. What a powerful message! I am absolutely a fool for Christ! <3
    Praying for you and your wife. God loves you!

  20. Ka-pow, Bill–you “nailed” it like none other! (Pun intended . . . ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ™ƒ)

    Seriously though, Bill. I plan on sharing this with family and friends to bless them as I have been in reading this wonderful post. Easter blessings to you and yours!

    • Thank you, Kathie. He is Risen, Kathie, the best news and source of hope in the history of the world!!! Happy Easter to you and your family. you for sharing this post.

  21. Great post, Bill! I always look forward to your next blog. They are all so encouraging. Happy Easter to you and Mary and the rest of the family. I hope you can pull of a good April Fool’s joke on the grandkids … They would love that๐Ÿ˜Š.

  22. Great post Bill… and thanks for the name of the book/movie. I’m going to look for it. Happy Easter to you and your family. Diane

  23. Thank you for this post. I have forwarded it onto my motherโ€™s atheist friend who keeps asking me questions. We have given him a copy of A Case for Christ. But his English language skills are not great. He wants a copy of the movie on Lee Strobel. This post may just stir up a little more questioning.
    God is Good! ๐Ÿค“

    • Thank you, my Australian friend. I hope this post at least causes him to be more inquisitive. The movie “A Case For Christ” is so good. Lee Strobel has a gift for making the “Big Questions” understandable. I’ll be praying.

  24. God bless Bill. Happy Easter to you and your family! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  25. Awesome post, Bill. Happy Easter, brother.

  26. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    Faith Filled Friday: With this being Good Friday I thought this blog would be wonderful to share.

  27. Someone at my liberal school mentioned that April Fools’ Day was on Easter. I didn’t’ know what to say – it was lunch time and we eat together in my middle school. But the joke is on the true fools…yet a joke with a way out to a happy ending if they want. Wish I could have said something FOR Christ. I admit that since I ‘live’ with these teacher colleagues day in and day out, I am more of an encourager to those who are not hostile to Christ and might be an occasional churchgoer. I bless God for giving you the desire AND the tech ability to write these posts. Thank you, Bill. I can imagine that it takes a LOT of energy.

    • Thank you for your comments, Maria. I struggle with technology, it’s very frustrating.
      Having been agnostic and mocking Christians myself (I still do sometimes :-)), I don’t take it personally. Christ told us we’d be persecuted and mocked – two thousand years ago today, the enemies of Jesus dressed Him up like a court jester (a “fool”), with a royal robe and a crown of thorns. Then they mocked Him, spit in His face, beat Him… Then they took off His robe and they gave Him 39 lashes on His back. Witnesses say that He was unrecognizable! Then, they nailed Him to a cross and the crowds mocked Him some more. Then He died for your sins and for my mountain of sins.
      BUT, then Sunday morning came! Happy Resurrection Day, Maria!

  28. This is outstanding, Bill! I’ve been wondering if anyone would tackle this theme in light of this year’s calendar…and you have done so brilliantly! And like you, I am glad to be a “fool” for Christ’s sake. God bless you greatly, my wise and godly friend! Have a blessed Good Friday and Resurrection Day!

  29. Happy Easter, Bill, Mary, and family!

  30. I remember the first April Fools joke to which I fell prey. When I was little, my Mom told my sisters and me an elephant was outside. When we ran to look out the window, she said, “April Fools!” and explained what it meant.

    Reading your post and learning more about you and your playful heart makes me smile. I enjoy some good-natured fun as well! I, too, don’t mind being a fool for Christ as long as I am not being foolish and thinking myself wise and learned. Because Christian scholars exist on various sides of primary doctrines, one of my heartfelt prayers is to know the truth, because what we believe affects our perspective and the effectiveness of our witness and testimony. Thanks, Bill! Happy Resurrection Day!!

    • LOL, Rene. Your mom has a great sense of humor ๐Ÿ™‚ You just gave me an idea for my grandkids, they’ll be here Sunday morning ๐Ÿ™‚
      I totally agree with you about the truth we KNOW, definitely impacts our ability to share the gospel.
      Happy Resurrection Day! (Plan your April fools joke on Stan).

  31. I deeply regret the years that I spent as an atheist. I blamed God for all the evil and injustice in the world, as if man bore no responsibility. I see now how foolish I was. Wishing you and yours a blessed Easter, Bill! <3

    Your friend,


  32. Great post Bill.

    “Weโ€™re all fools in the eyes of someone; either in the eyes of man, or in the eyes of God.” Them is some good words – as they say in Baltimore.

    You know, the longer I live the more clear this picture of God becomes that Jesus is coming back for a bride that has proven herself faithful and (as you so well articulated) is “a fool”, falling head-over-heels for the “Unshakable Hope” that is to be found in this walk of faith.

    It has been said: “We are not worthy, but we are NOT WITHOUT worth”.

    Something very special happens when someone touches the heart of God. I believe He is touched by your life of faith & hope. Keep on keeping on!

    May you & your family have a blessed Easter.

    Blessings – David

  33. Proud to associate with fools! Happy Easter, Bill! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. There are so many facets of our faith in Jesus where our minds and hearts grasp onto the reality of what has not been seen, yet we see, what is not fully understood, yet we know and what has not yet been fully realized but we have tasted and now rest confidently in Him. Jesus rose from the dead and so shall we. This is the testimony of Jesus, the Son of God and God’s witness to us. Our celebration and remembrance of His Resurrection at Easter is our homage and adoration to our God, King and Risen Saviour. Have a blessed and joyous Easter Bill, to both you and yours. Grace and blessings!

  35. Thank you for sharing. That has been my deepest prayer is that all his children with know him. It’s a blessing knowing Christ. God bless you.

  36. Awesome post! I’m very used to being the fool. April fool’s day is my birthday. ๐Ÿ˜€

  37. Thanking God for you and the wonderful way you exercise the measure of faith He has given you. Your body may be paralyzed, but it is clear your heart is not. \o/

  38. Happy Easter to you and your family.

  39. Happy Easter to you and your family.

  40. I too was a fool when I was younger, but now I believe. Being the same age as yourself, I also understand Paul’s conclusions about himself, “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” I too am thankful that God gave His Son to die as the ultimate sacrifice for my daily sins.

  41. Just another fool saying thank you for another great post and happy Resurrection Day to you and your family.

  42. Bill, “What a wonderful change in my life, since Jesus came into my heart.” I enjoyed reading your post and listening to Lee Strobel. Yes, He has risen and I am so glad. thanks for your writing today, keep it up, Richard

  43. Very well said! I am going to reblog this on Easter Sunday. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am with you 100% here, Bill, and would have had the same kind of response to this Sunday’s coinciding with April Fools when I was a young know-it-all. I’m glad I grew up and learned how little I actually know. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    It’s kind of cracking me up a little bit that I was considering using the exact phrase you did (“Way back when I was young and knew everything…”) in a similar way. But oh yes, let it be said we were fools for Christ if only He is glorified in us! Happy Resurrection Sunday, my brother! <3

  44. Amen, brother! Amen!

  45. Dearest Bill, this must be one of my favorite posts! You have encouraged my heart today, more than I can explain. I think we all struggle with not wanting to look like a fool as we follow the Lord. But you have so adequately expressed the fact that there is no way around it. Lee Strobel put it well. Praying you have a wonderful Easter with your family.
    Sending much, much love from here to you and Mary!
    Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!

  46. Great post and that video is very edifying. Perhaps there’ll be opportunities to share those historical points when engaging with unbelievers this weekend. May the Lord bless you and your family !

  47. LOL “Sign-Up here..” What a great post Bill. Thanks, as always, for being my inspiration to faith, a touchstone for all of us to keep focus each day on the life that truly matters. Happy Easter to you Mary and the kids!

  48. Well said! Very grateful to say that I am for sure a fool in the eyes of the world. Happy Resurrection Day!

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