Let’s suppose you were walking down a path in the woods. You come to “Y” in the path. To the left you see an angry bear that has just been robbed of her cubs coming toward you. To the right you see a foolish man coming toward you. You must make a decision. You have to go toward the bear or the fool. Which way will you go? Do you believe that the Word of God has an answer to what would be the best decision to make? Listen to Proverbs 17:12, “Let a bear robbed of her whelps (cubs) meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.” There, you have the answer. You get away from that fool and go toward the bear. I think it would help us though to understand who the Word of God calls a fool. The fool says that there is no God (Ps. 53:1). A fool will not listen to the commandments of the Lord (Prov. 10:8). A fool is someone who lies and destroys others with their tongue (Prov. 10:18). A fool makes fun of mischief (Prov. 10:23). A fool is deceived into thinking that everything he does is right (Prov. 12:15). A fool loses his temper for all to see (Prov. 12:16). A fool is someone that cannot be corrected (Prov. 17:10). The Word of God gives several other descriptions of a fool but I think you get the point. But, why would meeting up with a fool be more dangerous than meeting up with a bear that has been robbed of her cubs? The Word of God gives us the answer in Proverbs 26:4 which reads: “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.” That bear may do you some damage physically or he may not. That fool is going to corrupt you and make you like himself. Choose the bear! It’s much safer.