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 jumbled chaotic order in which they are found in our modern translations. 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 upfront about false prophets creeping in unawares, handing out bogus maps. They weren't kidding.


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  • "People die when curiosity goes." 
    Graham Swift

     

  • "Curiosity is the ultimate power tool."
     Roy Underhill
  • "Be curious always!  For knowledge will not acquire you; you must acquire it."
     Sudie Black
  • "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
  • "Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life." 
     Linus Pauling
  • "Curiosity is the deepest connection that we have with knowledge, wisdom and life. Incuriosity is cutting all these connections."
     Baris Gencel
  • "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." 
     Albert Einstein 
  • "Perhaps the greatest virtue of man is curiosity." 
     Anatole France 
  • "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 
  • "It is a capital mistake to theorize in advance of the facts." 
     Sherlock Holmes

     

  • "Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people." 
     Leo Burnett 
  • "The spark of curiosity ignites passion in great minds." 
     Anon 
  • "Those with less curiosity or ambition just mumble that God works in mysterious ways. I intend to catch him in the act." 
     Damien Echols
  • "Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind." 
     Samuel Johnson
  • "I think I benefited from being equal parts ambitious and curious. And of the two, curiosity has served me best." 
     Michael J. Fox
  • "When holy curiosity is driven by passion, and critical thinking by perseverance, wisdom and truth emerge." 
     Anon
  • "Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will." 
     James Stephens
  • "The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity." 
     Ellen Parr 
  • "Why am I so curious? I don’t know. But I’ll find out." 
     Anon 
  • "A sense of curiosity is nature's original school of education."
     Smiley Blanton
  • "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 
  • "Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too." 
    Voltaire

     

  • "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
  • "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
  • "Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas." 
     Marie Curie

     

  • "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
  • "Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last." 
     Samuel Johnson 
  • "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 sets us apart from the average lump of dirt."
     Millo Of Accaus
  • "There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."


     Shakespeare's Hamlet
  • "It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education." 
     Albert Einstein
  • "He wrote as a young man that God's noblest gift was the gift of an inquiring mind."
     John Adams
  • "Knowledge is not rooted in facts; it is rooted in curiosity." 
     Chopra/Tanzi, Super Brain
  • "One of the secrets of life is to keep our intellectual curiosity acute." 
     William Phelps
  • "People say: idle curiosity. The one thing that curiosity cannot be is idle." 
     Leo Rosten
  • "Learning is by nature curiosity ... prying into everything, reluctant to leave anything, material or immaterial, unexplained." 
     Philo of Alexandria
  • "A person without curiosity may as well be dead."
     Judy Blume
  • "Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness."
     Bryant McGill
  • "There are no foolish questions, and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions." 
     Charles Proteus Steinmetz 

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Christ's Return, The Hijacked Elephant

Modern Christianity that celebrates the hijacked Ishtar festival is devoid of any understanding of the purpose of the intervening time between Christ's first and second coming. But as we've just read, it is the summer harvest of the first fruits of Christ. [Read the Feature article, Heaven Can Wait]. These Christian first fruits are of the House of Israel. Peter was very clear to whom he was addressing his remarks on that Pentecost day nearly 2000 years ago. "Therefore let all the House of Israel know assuredly, that God has made the same Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ [Messiah] ... Repent, and be baptized every one of you [House of Israel] in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." [Acts 2:36-38; also see the Sneakers article, What About Everyone Else?]. It is no coincidence either that Christ said, "I am not sent except to the lost sheep of the House of Israel." [Mat. 15:24]. And it is equally clear, Christ was not sent to the "gentiles of the world."

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Our History In Context

If asked, most Christians would have a difficult time expounding the order of the New Testament books, and why they are in that particular order. However, our modern Bibles have a different order of books than their original first century configuration. Also, the “Christian Old Testament” is not in its ancient original order thanks to the Roman cleric Jerome in the fifth century CE.

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