Christianity Is Not a Surrogate For Christ

How many Christian denominations are there? Answers vary, but seldom do the guesses exceed a couple hundred at most. This is why people are astounded to learn there are more than 30,000 Christian denominations today ... all from one Christ! [See 30K Denominations]. This is an immense conundrum as each of them views themselves as the true church. So, which one is the church?  How can we possibly find the correct one? Or do we love all the denominations as equals even though they disagree with each other about what exactly constitutes being a Christian? "If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand." [Mark 3:24]. Does this mean the kingdom of God will not stand because "Christianity," the tens of thousands or so Christian churches are divided against each other? No, of course not. Somehow true Christians must be united. So then how is it the body of Christ, the ekklesia, you and me shall stand?


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  • "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
  • "A person without curiosity may as well be dead."
     Judy Blume
  • "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
  • "Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life." 
     Linus Pauling
  • "I think I benefited from being equal parts ambitious and curious. And of the two, curiosity has served me best." 
     Michael J. Fox
  • "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 
  • "One of the secrets of life is to keep our intellectual curiosity acute." 
     William Phelps
  • "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." 
     Albert Einstein 
  • "Curiosity is the deepest connection that we have with knowledge, wisdom and life. Incuriosity is cutting all these connections."
     Baris Gencel
  • "He wrote as a young man that God's noblest gift was the gift of an inquiring mind."
     John Adams
  • "Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people." 
     Leo Burnett 
  • "Knowledge is not rooted in facts; it is rooted in curiosity." 
     Chopra/Tanzi, Super Brain
  • "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 
  • "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
  • "Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too." 
    Voltaire

     

  • "Those with less curiosity or ambition just mumble that God works in mysterious ways. I intend to catch him in the act." 
     Damien Echols
  • "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
  • "Curiosity is the one thing invincible in Nature."
     Freya Stark
  • "Curiosity is the ultimate power tool."
     Roy Underhill
  • "Be curious always!  For knowledge will not acquire you; you must acquire it."
     Sudie Black
  • "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 cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity." 
     Ellen Parr 
  • "It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education." 
     Albert Einstein
  • "It is a capital mistake to theorize in advance of the facts." 
     Sherlock Holmes

     

  • "Why am I so curious? I don’t know. But I’ll find out." 
     Anon 
  • "People die when curiosity goes." 
    Graham Swift

     

  • "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
  • "When holy curiosity is driven by passion, and critical thinking by perseverance, wisdom and truth emerge." 
     Anon
  • "Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last." 
     Samuel Johnson 
  • "Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind." 
     Samuel Johnson
  • "Perhaps the greatest virtue of man is curiosity." 
     Anatole France 
  • "Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas." 
     Marie Curie

     

  • "A sense of curiosity is nature's original school of education."
     Smiley Blanton
  • "Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will." 
     James Stephens
  • "The spark of curiosity ignites passion in great minds." 
     Anon 
  • "There are no foolish questions, and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions." 
     Charles Proteus Steinmetz 
  • "Curiosity sets us apart from the average lump of dirt."
     Anon
  • "Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness."
     Bryant McGill

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 Did you go to Sunday school? I had to. My parents thought it would be good for me to get some religious training in addition to my secular public schooling. Of course, any protests on my part were dismissed with “You’ll thank us someday.” I guess I have to thank mom and dad because it gave me the ammunition for the beginning of this chapter. When I went to Sunday school, it wasn’t with the sweet young wife of the new assistant pastor of the church who actually liked little kids. Nope. This was hardcore, maximum security Catholic Sunday school.

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Why are you reading this? I know, it's sort of a strange question to ask. But, it is an important one. The answer at some point, however, has to include something to do with curiosity. And a sense of curiosity is nature's original school of education as Smiley Blanton pointed out. When our curiosity is joined by diligence and integrity, it leads us to the truth. Curiosity remains the motivating force in producing the articles that appear here. After all, if Christianity is to be our way of life, and not just a sop, then we should be tenacious, adept and implacable when it comes to pursuing the truth of the word of God so we can apply it in our lives. Otherwise, our energies and actions are nothing more than a religious placebo, chasing the wind on an endless treadmill to nowhere.

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