Biblical Morons |

TBC Staff

Man says: “Where is the name "Mormon" in the Bible?”

Some people joke that "Mormon" sounds like "Moron." Indeed, the "land of Moron" was the first place the Jaredites settled when they arrived in America (e.g. it was the first Book of Mormon land). The name "Moroni" probably just means "from Moron." (Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, Vol.5, p.244). I am not saying that there is a link between the ancient Jaredite language and Greek, but the New Testament does say that true Christians should become "morons."

1st Corinthians tells us that "the foolishness of God is wiser than men," "God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise," "If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise," and "We are fools for Christ's sake." In each case, the word translated as "fool" is literally "moron."...The New Testament Greek word is "moros," which means "foolish, impious, or godless." Here "foolish" does not mean "weak" but "wrong" – but from who's point of view? The word "godless" is the clue. Paul apparently uses this word in the sense of not following the gods of the Corinthians (worldly wisdom, position, appearances, etc.). "Moros" comes from the same root as "musterion" (the word for Biblical mysteries – the hidden knowledge of God). This in turn, according to Strong's concordance, is a derivative of "muo," meaning "to shut the mouth."

In other words, a "moron" in 1st Corinthians was someone who did not follow the intellectual fashions of the world. He did not join in the arguments, but kept his mouth shut. Why? Because he had found something which the Corinthian intellectuals were too proud to understand. In this sense, then yes, I am proud to be called a "Moron!"

God says: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord...” (Isaiah:1:18). 

“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves” (Matthew:10:16). 

“Do you not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?” (1 Corinthians:6:2-3).