Curiosity

curiosityWe are a curious people, to be sure. We wonder about a lot of things and we have questions about the world around us.

But St. Augustine once “famously separated what we today call ‘curiosity’ into two kinds: curiositas (‘frivolous speculation’) and studiositas (‘principled investigation’)” (Doug Estes, “Red Planet Calling,” Christianity Today, 44).

We as Christians need to beware not to spend too much of our time in frivolous speculation about things that do not matter in the long run or are not in line with the will and direction of God. This type of curiosity desires to skirt around God somehow and figure things out without a connection to him. Focusing on frivolous speculation can lead to a reliance on such things as astrology and card reading, which can lead us astray.

When we put our curiosity on principled investigation instead, we are fulfilling our purpose in God for us as human beings. He created us to be curious in a way that leads us to a better understanding of him. Pursuing principled investigation in curiosity leads us to Scriptures to find new discoveries about ourselves and our universe and our place in it. As Paul said to Timothy, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We turn to Scripture in our curiosity to learn all that is faithful and true to God.

There are things we can never know fully this side of heaven, and that is the limited nature of who we are as human beings. But uncovering what our Lord reveals to us in his Word is everything we need to know.

 

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