The Root of the Problem: Chapter 11 – Curiosity (Excerpt)

The Root of the Problem (cover)Paul affirms to the Athenians that God created us. From the time of Creation, among all the other great things He did, He instilled in mankind a sense of curiosity. Why? It was so “they would seek for God.” Our curiosity is designed to make us ask certain questions: Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? Pursuing answers to these questions should lead us to God.

But curiosity can also get us into trouble. Satan took advantage of Eve’s curiosity to lead her to sin in the Garden.

“The serpent said to the woman, ‘You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate” (Genesis 3:4-6).

Satan uses our curiosity to get us to experiment with sin. We do something just to see what it is like. In order to use our curiosity against us to commit sins we have not previously committed, he must minimize the consequences of sin. That is what he did with Eve. Notice that he did not try to convince her that eating of this tree was not a violation of God’s law. He conceded the fact that it was a transgression. But he did not want her to allow the penalty to deter her from seeing how she could benefit from it. She understood the penalty of death that came with violating God’s instruction. But Satan said, “You surely will not die,” and then told her what she could gain from her sin.

You can read more about overcoming your curiosity of sin and learn how to channel your natural curiosity toward more profitable pursuits in The Root of the Problem: Why We Sin & How We Can Overcome. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

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