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

     

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

     

  • "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
  • "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
  • "Those with less curiosity or ambition just mumble that God works in mysterious ways. I intend to catch him in the act." 
     Damien Echols
  • "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." 
     Albert Einstein 
  • "It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education." 
     Albert Einstein
  • "Curiosity is the ultimate power tool."
     Roy Underhill
  • "Knowledge is not rooted in facts; it is rooted in curiosity." 
     Chopra/Tanzi, Super Brain
  • "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 one of the great secrets of happiness."
     Bryant McGill
  • "Curiosity is the one thing invincible in Nature."
     Freya Stark
  • "A person without curiosity may as well be dead."
     Judy Blume
  • "Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind." 
     Samuel Johnson
  • "Be curious always!  For knowledge will not acquire you; you must acquire it."
     Sudie Black
  • "Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people." 
     Leo Burnett 
  • "Curiosity sets us apart from the average lump of dirt."
     Anon
  • "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
  • "I think I benefited from being equal parts ambitious and curious. And of the two, curiosity has served me best." 
     Michael J. Fox
  • "He wrote as a young man that God's noblest gift was the gift of an inquiring mind."
     John Adams
  • "Perhaps the greatest virtue of man is curiosity." 
     Anatole France 
  • "One of the secrets of life is to keep our intellectual curiosity acute." 
     William Phelps
  • "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 
  • "Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas." 
     Marie Curie

     

  • "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
  • "There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."


     Shakespeare's Hamlet
  • "People say: idle curiosity. The one thing that curiosity cannot be is idle." 
     Leo Rosten
  • "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 
  • "Why am I so curious? I don’t know. But I’ll find out." 
     Anon 
  • "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 
  • "Learning is by nature curiosity ... prying into everything, reluctant to leave anything, material or immaterial, unexplained." 
     Philo of Alexandria
  • "Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last." 
     Samuel Johnson 
  • "There are no foolish questions, and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions." 
     Charles Proteus Steinmetz 
  • "The spark of curiosity ignites passion in great minds." 
     Anon 
  • "Curiosity is the deepest connection that we have with knowledge, wisdom and life. Incuriosity is cutting all these connections."
     Baris Gencel
  • "Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too." 
    Voltaire

     

  • "Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life." 
     Linus Pauling
  • "A sense of curiosity is nature's original school of education."
     Smiley Blanton

Book Excerpts

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The Last Great Day, The Hijacked Elephant

The last of the high holy days is the eighth day of the feast of Tabernacles, and is referred to by the apostle John in his gospel as “the last, the great day of the feast.” “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come to me, and drink. He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spoke he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given because Jesus was not yet glorified).” [John 7:37-39].

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Birthday Of The Gods

“Let’s leave Christ in Christmas,” proclaimed one religious studies professor. While this is a familiar plea on the part of some Christians, it is based on a fallacious understanding of history, both Biblical and secular. Christmas is found nowhere in the Biblical record. It is a mythical custom based on the Biblical record’s account of Christ’s birth. Neither Christ or the apostles ever celebrated the "birth of Christ." No maybes about it, according to the prophecies, it’s better that we include Christ, and ourselves, out of Christmas. [See the Feature article, Our Corrupted Compass].


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