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?
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:
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.
God is the creator, and He creates with purpose. Curiosity is a feature of eternal design that God uses to compel mankind.
Curiosity, wonderment is contemplation or a consideration born from the heart of man.
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.
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.
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?
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Is curiosity a sin? Not according to the thinking minds of:
Christians are encouraged in sermon, song, and literature to "only believe". But which is better?
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