The Delight and Danger of Curiosity

             A school teacher was finishing up a lesson on the joys of discovery and the importance of curiosity.  “Where would we be today, she asked, “if no one had ever been curious?

            One child quietly spoke up from the back of the room.  “In the garden of Eden?”

            Curiosity can be good.  It can cause us to explore new ideas, improve our skills and grow intellectually.  Even from a spiritual standpoint, it is good to have a curious mind in the sense of being interested in learning about God and His Word. A curious  pursuit of spiritual matters will  result in greater wisdom and knowledge.  Those in Berea were more noble than those in Thessalonica.  Why?  According to Acts 17:11 because they “searched the scriptures daily.”  The word “search” means to investigate, to explore, to scrutinize.  This requires curiosity. 

            Too many Christians are content with “drinking the milk of the Word” when they should eagerly desire the “meat.”  Indifference and apathy will stifle righteous curiosity and keep us from proper spiritual development.  Lack of godly curiosity will result in buried talent and undiscovered truth. It will keep us from reaching our full potential as Christians.

            Yet, the youngster’s response implies, there is a bad kind of curiosity.  It got Adam and Eve into all kinds of trouble with the LORD.  The Devil aroused a carnal curiosity in Eve’s mind.  He said, “you will not surely die.”  He got her to think about the forbidden fruit.  She looked at it intently.  It was “good.”  It was “pleasant.”  It was “desirable.”  Satan’s subtlety got Eve curious. It attracted her interest.  It arrested her attention.  It aroused her passions.  (Gen 3:1-6).  Carnal curiosity caused her to sin. Adam sinned.  Innocence was lost. And separation from God was the result.  Sin had now entered the world and as a result the consequence of death.

            Paul admonished in Romans 16:19 “be wise in what is good and simple concerning evil.”  The word translated “simple” mean “unmixed, pure, free from guile.”  It carries the idea of innocence. We don’t have to explore evil to know its end.  We don’t have to sink to the depths of sin to appreciate its consequences.  We don’t have to experiment with immorality to understand its destructive force.

            An old adage warns, ““curiosity killed the cat.”  Young people, as well as parents, need to avoid the kind of curiosity that entangled Eve in a web of sin. Carnal curiosity is a  killer. Acted upon, it can defile the conscience, ruin relationships, soil the soul.  Forbidden fruit may seem desirable and even inflame our passions, but it is fatal to your fellowship with God and your hope of heaven. 

—Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


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