And It’s Still A Mystery

During the apostle Paul’s second trip to Corinth circa 50-55 CE, he wrote to the ekklesia in Rome, “For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own conceits; that a part of Israel is blinded until the fullness of the nations [Greek, ethnos] be come in.” It is a common mistake in Christianity today to assume that the mystery Paul is writing of here is that Christ came to save the gentiles of the world. This is largely due to the lack of understanding on the part of the translators of the popular King James Version. They translated the word ethnos in this verse as Gentiles as do most, though not all, of the other 100 plus versions. The one major problem with this Gentile interpretation is that it’s not the mystery of which Paul wrote.

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  • "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
  • "People die when curiosity goes." 
    Graham Swift

     

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

     

  • "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." 
     Albert Einstein 
  • "Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life." 
     Linus Pauling
  • "Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too." 
    Voltaire

     

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

     

  • "Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness."
     Bryant McGill
  • "Curiosity sets us apart from the average lump of dirt."
     Anon
  • "Knowledge is not rooted in facts; it is rooted in curiosity." 
     Chopra/Tanzi, Super Brain
  • "The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity." 
     Ellen Parr 
  • "It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education." 
     Albert Einstein
  • "There are no foolish questions, and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions." 
     Charles Proteus Steinmetz 
  • "I think I benefited from being equal parts ambitious and curious. And of the two, curiosity has served me best." 
     Michael J. Fox
  • "Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will." 
     James Stephens
  • "Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people." 
     Leo Burnett 
  • "When holy curiosity is driven by passion, and critical thinking by perseverance, wisdom and truth emerge." 
     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
  • "A person without curiosity may as well be dead."
     Judy Blume
  • "The spark of curiosity ignites passion in great minds." 
     Anon 
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Learning is by nature curiosity ... prying into everything, reluctant to leave anything, material or immaterial, unexplained." 
     Philo of Alexandria
  • "Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind." 
     Samuel Johnson
  • "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 
  • "Be curious always!  For knowledge will not acquire you; you must acquire it."
     Sudie Black
  • "Why am I so curious? I don’t know. But I’ll find out." 
     Anon 
  • "People say: idle curiosity. The one thing that curiosity cannot be is idle." 
     Leo Rosten
  • "One of the secrets of life is to keep our intellectual curiosity acute." 
     William Phelps
  • "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
  • "Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last." 
     Samuel Johnson 
  • "Perhaps the greatest virtue of man is curiosity." 
     Anatole France 

Book Excerpts

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The Genesis Birthright, The Blind Man’s Elephant

Our story is non-fiction. While the names have changed, no one is innocent. And it is far more intriguing and meaningful in our every day lives than any fiction. Close to a hundred million copies of this story are sold every year. Because the body of this story is scattered in the pages of the Biblical record in bits and pieces like a puzzle, we are oblivious to its film noir essence not unlike a person who is shocked to find out that their quiet next-door neighbor has a cellar full of buried bodies. We are about to put those bits and pieces together. We will form a very clear picture that is of great importance for us today. And we will discover that everything is not as it appears.




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Tail Wagging The Dog?

We hear the term anti-Semitic bantered around in the media quite often, especially in protest of the nation of Israel’s recent military actions against the Palestinians. But do you ever wonder what it means? Or do you just assume it refers only to the Jews? When someone has hostility towards the Jews, say as much as Jews have hostility towards the Arabs in Palestine, often they are accused of being “anti-Semitic.” This is somewhat ironic in that the Jews make up a small percentage of the total world population of those who are Semitic. In fact, the Palestinians themselves are Semitic peoples. And it wasn’t until 2005 that the Semitic Jewish population surpassed the Semitic Arab population in Israel/Palestine. [Semitic Population]


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