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Is Joke Telling Biblical

What is your understanding of Ephesians 5:4?
"Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks." I know that filthy jokes are out of line, but one of just clean jokes?

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Thanks Luke and Mary. I understand what you are both saying.
---Rita_H on 7/27/14

Dear Rita,
I was agreeing with your statement. It is a serious matter. The Word of God is not funny, it changes the heart with it comes to individuals with power and the Holy Spirit. So I was agreeing with you. Agape
---Luke on 7/27/14

Hi Rita, I AGREE the account is a serious one but I still see the humor in it, nothing wrong with that. :)
---Mary on 7/27/14

Luke I agree with you but am wondering why you address that to me, personally, immediately after what I said to Mary regarding her comments about Balaam talking to the donkey.

I see no connection.
---Rita_H on 7/26/14

There are two types of levity (joke telling).

'COMEDY' is SATIRE (satan's way of mocking/ridicule is wreckless).

The Jews developed a way of funniness/levity called HUMOR (simply commenting on the IRONY of life).

"COMEDY" should be avoided because it is wreckless and hurtful (it is simply destructive and disrespectful to others people and all goodness).

"Humor" is not destructful, disrespectul, or abusive.

God says that because humanity is in the habit of doing things that are foolish...

...that it is WE who cause our own troubles....

God says...
"and I will LAUGH at your calamity".
---faithforfaith on 7/26/14

Verily, verily i say unto you, "the Lord God Almighty jokes not". Humour can come from natural scenes & circumstances, which gives us opportunity to laugh our hearts out, but to plan jokes (making jest of or lying about anything God has created) is ungodly.
---Adetunji on 7/24/14

"..., you distort the sovereign will of God. You make Him out to be a god of petty. A god who cannot save anyone He wishes to save. That when He calls someone to salvation, His will is defeated day in and day out by the will of sinful man."

While having a dialog about Scriptures a so called Christian said that quoted to another.

Surely that is covered under that Ephesians verse.
---Nana on 7/23/14

Dear Rita,
My interpretation of (Eph. 5:4) is talking about sins of tongue. There are three inappropriate sins includes any speech that is obscene and degrading or foolish and dirty, as well as suggestive and immoral. All such talk is destructive of holy living and godly testimony and should always be confessed.
Paul had taught this truths many times when he pastored the church at Ephesus and it should have already being in their minds. Agape
---Luke on 7/23/14

Mary, the message in the story of Balaam and his donkey is meant to be taken seriously. None of it is meant to be seen as 'funny'.

Please read it again and try to see what it is telling us about God.
---Rita_H on 7/22/14

I am not going to say they went about jesting, no but I do believe they had times of joy, like when Paul, Peter were trying get a place, Lidia offered her home, and how they survived and able have religious services house to house(No modern devices)must have been joyeous moments.
It must have been very hard even to get around.
Love of Jesus!
---Elena_9555 on 7/22/14

Hi all, I agree with the one poster that there is humor in the Bible, to me the funniest part of the story of the talking donkey isn't the donkey--it's the man ARGUING with the donkey!! :D Love it! :D
---Mary on 7/21/14

I love proverbs. Packs much with few words.
---shira4368 on 7/21/14

Found this in the Bible Pro.17:22
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

I believe we can be happy, there are occassions like a new born baby comes into the world we are smiling and gratefull.We have times of joy such as our wedding or a going away to school, everybody happy we have accomplish a goal, our loved ones share or our friends say "I didn't think you would make it, smiling you did it! With the help of God. Not bad words but a smile a time of being happy.
---Elena_9555 on 7/21/14

There was a saying I remember:
Experiences in life are funnier than anything one can make up.
And, one can often find humor in how words and phrases are used, even intentionally.
God has given some the gift of wit that can and should be used for His glory.
It is hard to see in the English, but the Bible, in its original languages, often has word associations that seem quite humorous.
---micha9344 on 7/21/14

Has God/Jesus ever joked with anyone? Was it recorded that the early Apostles joked with anyone?
---Adetunji on 7/21/14

It would be a very sad world if we felt that it was a sin to find humour in things and have a good laugh. Laughter is the best medicine and relieves stress far better than most tablets can do. HOWEVER, there is good humour and sick/filthy humour. We all know that we should not involve ourselves in filthy jokes and stories and we should find ways of dealing with others who try to bring such 'humour' into conversations.

Some Christians DO tell such jokes but should not be surprised if others rebuke them or walk away.
---Rita_H on 7/21/14

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I think Ephesians 5:4 refers to dirty jokes and such. I think clean jokes are always appropriate. Christian are people,too. We need outlets and entertainment as do non christians. Where did all of this evil information come from? I am a Christian and I like what I always like but I avoid things that are not in line with the will of God,but are still fun and entertaining.
I let Christ be the head of my life in all things. He brings me the greatest joy but I do enjoy other things in life.
---Robyn on 1/15/09

Donna your right, I guess what I should have said was I believe what the word said and really there is no room for laughter concerning scripture but we know there are some ministers who can't help finding a joke some where along the line.

Okay are we to take the word literally? maybe but there are occasions where laughter is not something that can be avoided especially when you tell someone they should be no Jesting.

It just seems to make what they say even more amusing because we are told not to jest. Funny thing is..... I don't believe in joke telling ministers who do so daily, I avoid their sermons.
---Carla3939 on 12/4/08

Carla --
I can't imagine anyone misinterpreting what your bro. said....especially if, as you said,
the remark made the rest of you "fall apart" with laughter.

Scripture tells of real people with real worries, joys, foibles and sins (sometimes these people may be a bit laughable, just as we, our own friends and family can be). The fact that we can study these personalities in various trials, and identify with them, allows us to learn some of the same lessons they did or should have. As long as our amusement at certain scripture passages does not distract from the message nor deflect our attention from the deity of God,it seems healthy to me.
---Donna66 on 11/25/08

Humor is great but not concerning Gods word..... Eh! well I have to say when a Bro read the scriptures about Jesus turning the other cheek we all fell apart in our seats when he said we if he hit you again you see what he'd get Jesus said turn the other cheek you only have one left the third time well........

He was just being funny but you never know who really took him serious!
---Carla3939 on 11/25/08

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The scripture you are referring to means, off color, nasty, making lite of sin, profanity, not purity, ect.>>>I must say if you are walking close to God you shouldn't be having problems in knowing what is appropriate speech and behavior.
---catherine on 11/25/08

Laughter is like a medicine! When you laugh it massages your liver, helping to clean out impurities.

I always thought it was sort of funny (but true!) when Jesus said not to worry about the speck in your brother's eye until you remove the plank from yours!
---NVBarbara on 11/24/08

To me, humor is essential to life..a humorus story can clarify truth and make it memorable for years. The ability to laugh is a valuable coping mechanism in times of stress. Even more, the ability to laugh at oneself keeps perspective and wins friends.

I can imagine that some parables of Jesus were in a sense humorous tales, though the humor of people at that time in history might be rather different from ours.( Did 1st century Jews laugh at the "foolish virgins" who should have known to be prepared?)

Many modern born-again Christians seem terribly serious. Avoiding "filthyiness" is fine, but a little light-hearted laughter (especially directed at themselves) could make a more appealing testimony.
---Donna66 on 11/20/08

In John 1 Jesus told a joke.

"You believe because I said I saw you under a fig tree? You ain't seen nothing yet!"

Or words to that effect.
---katavasia on 11/20/08

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If you wouldn't say it in front of Jesus, then don't say it at all. That's the policy I follow.

Be ye holy, for I am holy says the Lord God. Is foolish talking, jesting holy?

If it hurts your spirit, and it should if it's coarse jesting, etc., then it's inappropriate.

When my mother repeated what Caylee Anthony's mother was doing in bars, (seductive dancing) my mother would make the gestures. I would turn my head away and please with her to STOP, I can't bear to listen to that. She would continue, so I had to ask her to leave my house. Be ye holy for I am holy says the Lord. Was that acting holy what my mother did?
---donna8365 on 11/20/08

The RSV says "which are not FITTING" [of Godliness].

"COMEDY"/satire (satans' attitude of mocking all truth, whether good or bad) is not fitting of Godlike behavior.

HUMOR is simply recognizing and pointing out the IRONY of life (the Jews have always made a habit of HUMOR).

"Humor" is the Godly attitude, not "comedy"/mockery.
---more_excellent_way on 11/19/08

Ah, first the list has filthiness, then foolish talking and then jesting > so, it looks like Paul is saying don't have filthy stuff, don't talk foolishly in favor of it, don't even joke about what is filthy, I can see. There are people who use "kidding" and "joking" to call attention and approval to fornication and other wrong stuff. This would be the joking that is wrong, i.eeeee., what calls or implies favor for what is wrong. Also, I suspect I have seen a group leader go downhill in the decency and quality and spirituality of his jokes . . . perhaps because he was desperate to keep a supply coming, but did not have wholesome ones to serve, and so he let his standards go down.
---Bill_bila5659 on 11/18/08

Sometimes a joke can illustrate a truth humorously or be expounded to do so afterward, it all comes down to the intent of the heart, and the fact that if we would judge ourselves we'd be not judged.
---Pharisee on 11/18/08

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The NAS says "coarse joking" and my dictionary defines coarse as abrasive. Within context, I took this to mean unedifying ribbing amongst the flock. I would agree that "cut downs" or humor at someone elses expense is not edifying and should be stopped. I'm not sure that I can apply this verse to all humorous stories and anecdotal life moments.
---TIMOTHY on 11/18/08

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