The Bible best describes fools in the book of Proverbs and Psalms.
“Fools” which could be translated as “rebels” just as easily. A biblical “fool” is NOT stupid but may be very bright – except that the “fool” is not teachable and unwilling to accept instruction.That’s what makes him/her a fool – they are experts in their own minds and do not fear God (see Psalm 14:1).
A biblical fool has the ability to understand but refuses to put forth the effort to understand what the truth really is.
It is sad. Poor parenting often contributes to this type of attitude in teens/youths but not always. Sometimes, a child simply refuses to obey like in Deuteronomy 21:18-21 even when parents are doing their very best parenting job. Good parents may have rebellious teens and poor parents may have obedient, God-fearing children. You never know!
Tragically, we meet with both young and older, unwilling counselees who sometimes qualify as biblical fools.
A major problem in counseling is when people are unwilling to examine themselves because they do not want to change and/or obey God.
The Bible likens this person to a “fool” – Ps. 14:1 – “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.'” Again, this does not mean that the “fool” is stupid – far from it! The fool is someone who CHOOSES not to fear God and acts like he (the fool) is God.
Unwillingness, stubbornness, a lack of fear for the Lord, selfishness, and rebellion are in the heart of a fool.
-Mark (concerned for biblical fools and the consequences they reap for themselves)