Monday, August 29, 2011

Today's Feature: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Memorable Quote: Dumbledore: "Curiosity is not a sin, Harry. However, from time to time, you should exercise caution"

1 Thessalonians 5:21(NASB) But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;

In this third installment of the Harry Potter movies, Harry finds himself in yet another predicament.  This one involves him being entered into a wizard competition against his will, and a dream that he cannot explain.  He is left alone for a moment in Dumbledore’s office and his curiosity about a magic mirror gets the best of him.  Before he knows it, he is witnessing something he shouldn’t.  When Dumbledore returns, he speaks these words to Harry.  Harry agrees with Dumbledore.  He allowed himself to be more concerned with satisfying his curiosity than doing what was right. He knows that he let What he saw and heard in the magic mirror didn’t necessarily help him with his problem; it may have even made things worse.

Harry didn’t realize just being curious could get him into trouble.

We don’t either.

Dumbledore is correct.  Curiosity is not a sin.  There is nothing wrong with being curious about things.  Wanting to know and learn about the world around us can be beneficial.  However, we should exercise caution when curious.  The old saying “curiosity killed the cat” was said for a reason.   I can imagine it probably went something like this: Cat sits on window ledge.  Cat sees bird.  Cat decides he wants to know how the bird might taste, or he wants to play with the bird.  Cat jumps off window ledge trying to grab the bird.  Cat falls to the ground.  Cat dies.

Most of us would say that we don’t get curious about things that are deadly on a regular basis.  We know danger.

It’s the things we don’t see as dangerous, which can be the most deadly or costly. 

I’ll just log onto that site, just once, to see what it is all about”

“Having coffee with someone isn’t cheating”

“Maybe I won’t put the whole amount on the tax form”

“I’ve only had a couple drinks, I’m sure I’ll be fine driving”

“I wonder if they would notice a few dollars missing from the register.”

No, curiosity in itself isn’t dangerous. The danger comes in what we do about it. If we are willing to compromise what we know to be right, true and honorable in order to satisfy that curiosity, then we've crossed line into sin.

Once that line is crossed, it is difficult to go back and the effect on our lives can be detrimental.

Have you ever let curiosity get the best of you?  What did it cause you to do?  Were you helped or hindered?
Matthew 24:43(NASB) But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.

2 Chronicles 19:7(NASB) Now then let the fear of the LORD be upon you; be very careful what you do, for the LORD our God will have no part in unrighteousness or partiality or the taking of a bribe.”

Proverbs 1:10 (NASB) My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent.


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