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A writer explores the distinction between mere curiosity and divine inspiration.

From the January 2009 issue of The Christian Science Journal

A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO, a friend remarked, "Beware of curiosity."

That sounded profound and caught my attention, but I wasn't quite sure what he meant by it. It could have been another version of the popular expression "Curiosity killed the cat," but since my friend was a deep spiritual thinker, I knew he must have had something else in mind.

My dictionary defines curiosity as "a strong desire to learn or know something." And so it's natural that I had always thought of human curiosity as something to be desired—that it encourages creativity, promotes spontaneity, motivates exploration, and causes one to think outside the box. However, I had given little thought to the effect curiosity might have on one's spiritual growth.

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