Merry Christmas to all!
In Matthew 5:22 Christ preaches, "that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire"
And in Ephesians 4:29 St. Paul says to "Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers."
However both in 1 Corinthians 15:36 and Galatians 3:1 St. Paul admonishes the people by calling them "Foolish". So, is it ok to say the word foolish (and the like), if it is for the "edification" of the Body of Christ? Does anyone know what the Holy Fathers say about this? Am sure am missing something.
Also in Matthew 23:33 Christ calls the scribes and Pharisees "Serpents, brood of vipers!." Isn't that an insult? Please correct my erroneous thinking!