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What is biblical view on curiosity? Is curiosity sin and therefore impossible for God? One reference is rom.10:17 that tells that first proclaiming the gospel, hearing it and faith cometh, but before that you need to have curiosity or need aroused through advertisement by the media or what?

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why do you think it would be a sin? –  Jan Dvorak Oct 4 '13 at 8:38
I don't think it is a sin. But it could be, because it can lead to sin like what do you think occultist are? They are curious at least at the beginning, right? –  alvoutila Oct 4 '13 at 8:40
Asking this question demonstrates curiosity. Curiosity would be a pretty inescapable sin, if it were sinful. –  Flimzy Oct 25 '13 at 15:04

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God is omniscient; He knows everything. Curiosity spawns from a lack of knowledge, therefore, God cannot be curious by logical extension.

Mankind, however, certainly is curious; we do not have to make that point. But does the Bible condone curiosity? I would think it does:

Psalm 143:5 NIV
I meditate on all your works
and consider what your hands have done.

Curiosity is a strong desire to learn about something. We see in this particular Psalm a strong desire to understand God and His work and Creation.

Naturally, curiosity can lead you astray, such as the example with the Prodigal Son. The young man tells his father to give him his inheritance then immediately sets off to see what is in the world. We know what that got him; he was soon broke and stranded far from home with no one to help him. Curiosity led him to sin against his father and to make poor life decisions.

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God is the creator, and He creates with purpose. Curiosity is a feature of eternal design that God uses to compel mankind.

John 4:23,24 (NIV)
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

Luke 6:45 (NIV)
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

Curiosity, wonderment is contemplation or a consideration born from the heart of man.

Luke 12:34 (NIV)
for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The human heart holds our personal economy (the things that matter most). When young lovers first encounter one another, curiosity naturally encourages discovery, discovery of a deeper love.

This is especially true in regard to God. God designed the human heart to esteem Him and naturally we should be curious about God and His will for our life.

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The only bit I can think of curiosity is with Uzzah. I think curiosity can be a good and a bad thing. Uzzah was carrying the Ark of the Covenant, he tripped over and he was warned not to look inside. Because of curiosity, he did look inside and God had to smite him down and he died. He was commanded not to look and he listened to his curiosity.

2 Samuel 6 (ESV)
5 And David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before the Lord, with songs[c] and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals. 6 And when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. 7 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and God struck him down there because of his error, and he died there beside the ark of God. 8 And David was angry because the Lord had broken out against Uzzah. And that place is called Perez-uzzah[d] to this day.

It is just like hearing the Gospel for the first time. I hear different testimonies of people saying they were searching for Jesus and wanted to know who he was, until they found him or he allowed them to be seen (not his image). Because the Word does said "you will search me and find me".

So the conclusion: curiosity can be a good thing if you hear the Gospel and want to know who Jesus is. Or you're a Christian and want to keep researching what something in the bible or someone said.

curiosity can be a bad thing, if you were warned and commanded not to do this/that or that is wrong. You may have curiosity to find out what it is and essentially you will sin.

It also goes back to Garden of Eden, when Eve was deceived by the snake, she would think "why didn't God want us to eat the fruit but said we would die, why?" the reason for her curiosity is WHY same way Uzzah wondered Why should we not look inside the Ark? WHY? what's inside?

God Bless

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Scripture says Uzzah reached out to steady the arc not that he looked into the arc. Uzzah error was in trying to prop God up. God does not need us to support Him. –  Rick Oct 4 '13 at 11:47
ok. in other translation he held the Ark. He was obviously going to look inside so God had to strike him down. –  Xino Oct 4 '13 at 13:19
It is very dangerous to read more into scripture than scripture reveals, I do not believe it is obvious that he was going to look inside. Assuming one know the heart of another is a slippery slope. –  Rick Oct 4 '13 at 13:25
so you believe because the Oxen stumbled and Uzzah was going to fix the situation was the reason why God struck him down? if that's what you believe, then that's fine, but I have a different belief. –  Xino Oct 4 '13 at 13:53
@Xino - your belief is not in accordance with the written account in any way –  warren Oct 4 '13 at 20:20

Is curiosity a sin? Not according to the thinking minds of:

  • Arnold Edinborough:

    "Curiosity is the very basis of education and, if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly."

  • Albert Einstein:

    "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.... Never lose a holy curiosity."

Christians are encouraged in sermon, song, and literature to "only believe". But which is better?

  1. A mind closed by belief?
  2. A mind opened by curiosity?
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that doesn't really have anything to do with Christianity –  warren Oct 4 '13 at 20:23
My dictionary informs me otherwise; i.e., by definition, "belief" has everything to do with Christianity, and Judaism, and Islam, and every other belief system. –  Pat Ferguson Oct 5 '13 at 17:50
But this is a site about Christian doctrine and sacred writings. It is not a site about dictionary definitions and logical extensions therein. You quoted two people who where not Christian theologians to support a belief as christian. You see the problem, right? The question asks what the Bible says, then you quoted non-Christians on the same subject. That's a little like asking what the doctor says and you give the mechanic's opinion. –  fredsbend Oct 5 '13 at 21:34
I thought this was a site about "Biblical Hermeneutics" from which Christian doctrine and sacred writings were developed. Am I mistaken? Nevertheless, and since "curiousity" is a cognitive state and not an action (and if logical extensions are not permitted), then Romans 10:17, specifically referenced in the OP, has nothing to do with "curiousity". –  Pat Ferguson Oct 6 '13 at 18:06
@PatFerguson - that would be the "Biblical Hermeneutics" site that you're looking for, perhaps. Though this answer would also be voted-down there because it is poorly written, has nothing to do with Greek, Hebrew, or the Bible, and doesn't address a hermeneutical approach. –  warren Oct 7 '13 at 19:08

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