Laughter is a natural and spontaneous phenomenon that occurs to all human beings. And, as such a naturally occurring thing, it could be taken to mean that we are supposed to laugh. Indeed, there is little else that is so effective to keep spirits high and enjoy the life that God gave us. While Bible does caution against using humor inappropriately, there are many mentions of laughter and humor in the Bible. God is a God of love, joy and light. He gave us the gift of laughter, “He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting.” Job 8:22.
The power of laughter to cure illness and lift despondency is very well known. “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Proverbs 17:22. Research has indicated that laughter releases certain chemicals in the brain that relieve stress and help the cardiovascular system to function properly. It also indicates that laughter boosts the immune system by boosting the production of cells that provide antibodies. Perhaps laughter is one more manifestation of a way for a happy and spiritually secure person to keep themselves health and enjoy the blessings bestowed upon them by God.
The Bible does not often use examples of humor, although they can be found. Rather, humor is often used as an illustration of the ridiculousness of evil, for example: “My Lord laughs at him, for he sees his day is coming.” Psalm 37:13. This is an indication not only of God himself laughing, but at the ludicrous idea of an evil-doer thinking he will get away without judgment of his actions. Really, it is rather amusing to picture the Lord God chuckling to himself about the folly of man, and the repercussions that will inevitably follow for this unfortunate person.
Some of the passages in the Bible only hint at the humorous situations that take place and they are frequently documented in a droll manner that is sure to cause readers to laugh. Proverbs 11:22 states, “As a gold ring in a swine’s snout, so is a beautiful woman from whom sense has departed.” That’s pretty funny. God is considered to be endowed with a wonderful sense of humor in many ways, and He should be, since He created it! While God does not respect a fool, there is much evidence in the Bible that humor and laughter does have its place.
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