A Christmas Message 2016

Moving Forward

Our Bibles are misleading. This is a strong statement, no doubt, but there is valid evidence, and reasons for making it. To be clear, this is not a comment about the Biblical record’s content. Rather, it's a comment about Christian misperception, about having the wrong map, and about a deliberate focusing of our attention in the wrong direction. I’m talking about the original ordained manuscript order of the New Testament books given us by the apostle John versus the chaotic jumbled order in which they are found in all our modern translations, except one, to my knowledge. This is not a trifle. While we are unsuspecting of its impact, it has made a huge difference to Christianity over the past two millennia. Imagine, if after trekking 2000 miles, we discover that we were given the wrong map to our destination. Unawares, when we came to that fork in the road about five miles in, we took the wrong road. Our correct destination is so far away now, it’s not even on our map! What do we do when discovering we are 2000 miles off course, not on safe ground, but in treacherous terrain? How did Christianity end up in this predicament 2000 years on? Well, it’s why the first century apostles warned us up front about false prophets creeping in unawares, handing out bogus maps. They weren't kidding.


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  • "It is a capital mistake to theorize in advance of the facts." 
     Sherlock Holmes

     

  • "Be curious always!  For knowledge will not acquire you; you must acquire it."
     Sudie Black
  • "Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when one contemplates the mysteries of eternity. Never lose a holy curiosity." 
     Albert Einstein 
  • "A person without curiosity may as well be dead."
     Judy Blume
  • "The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of the young mind for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards."
     Anatole France
  • "Curiosity is the deepest connection that we have with knowledge, wisdom and life. Incuriosity is cutting all these connections."
     Baris Gencel
  • "Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind." 
     Samuel Johnson
  • "It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education." 
     Albert Einstein
  • "I think I benefited from being equal parts ambitious and curious. And of the two, curiosity has served me best." 
     Michael J. Fox
  • "People die when curiosity goes." 
    Graham Swift

     

  • "Learning is by nature curiosity ... prying into everything, reluctant to leave anything, material or immaterial, unexplained." 
     Philo of Alexandria
  • "Knowledge is not rooted in facts; it is rooted in curiosity." 
     Chopra/Tanzi, Super Brain
  • "There are no foolish questions, and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions." 
     Charles Proteus Steinmetz 
  • "If we had known everything in this universe, we would have had to find another universe to feed our curiosity, because what keeps man alive is curiosity!"
     Mehmet Murat Ildan
  • "The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity." 
     Ellen Parr 
  • "Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too." 
    Voltaire

     

  • "One of the secrets of life is to keep our intellectual curiosity acute." 
     William Phelps
  • "He wrote as a young man that God's noblest gift was the gift of an inquiring mind."
     John Adams
  • "Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people." 
     Leo Burnett 
  • "Curiosity is the ultimate power tool."
     Roy Underhill
  • "Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts; for if you let it pass, the desire may never return, and you may remain in ignorance." 
     William Wirt 
  • "When holy curiosity is driven by passion, and critical thinking by perseverance, wisdom and truth emerge." 
     Anon
  • "Curiosity sets us apart from the average lump of dirt."
     Anon
  • "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." 
     Albert Einstein 
  • "Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness."
     Bryant McGill
  • "Perhaps the greatest virtue of man is curiosity." 
     Anatole France 
  • "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." 
     Walt Disney
  • "Why am I so curious? I don’t know. But I’ll find out." 
     Anon 
  • "The spark of curiosity ignites passion in great minds." 
     Anon 
  • "Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last." 
     Samuel Johnson 
  • "A sense of curiosity is nature's original school of education."
     Smiley Blanton
  • "Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life." 
     Linus Pauling
  • "People say: idle curiosity. The one thing that curiosity cannot be is idle." 
     Leo Rosten
  • "Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will." 
     James Stephens
  • "There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."


     Shakespeare's Hamlet
  • "Socrates told us, 'the unexamined life is not worth living.' I think he's calling for curiosity, more than knowledge. In every human society at all times and at all levels, the curious are at the leading edge." 
     Roger Ebert
  • "Curiosity is the one thing invincible in Nature."
     Freya Stark
  • "Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly."
     Arnold Edinborough
  • "Those with less curiosity or ambition just mumble that God works in mysterious ways. I intend to catch him in the act." 
     Damien Echols
  • "Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas." 
     Marie Curie

     

Book Excerpts

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Riding Rogue Ponies Into The Apocalypse, The Curious Elephant

At its most fundamental level, the story contained in the Biblical record is quite simple to understand as the Flow Chart at the back of the book shows. [Also see the chart at the bottom of the Feature article, A Tale Of Two Covenants]. It is totally and completely related to the two covenants, the one made with Abraham and his Seed, Christ and the law covenant made with the children of Israel and the relationship between them both through Christ.


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 Sneakers

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This Old House

This old house is just shy of being 3000 years old. It is the same house to whom Christ said he was only sent. It is the same house to whom he is Savior and Redeemer. It is the same house to whom he sent out his apostles. And it’s the same house on the first day of Christianity that Peter addressed his remarks to in Jerusalem. For the most part, this old house sits abandoned today; a derelict greatly in need of major repair.



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