Moving to Greencroft requires downsizing. Doing so, I found “On Being Human, – sexuality and the image of God ” by Norman Kraus among my books. He wrote the essay and offered it to a publisher. The publisher told him the essay was too short for a book. So, Kraus asked four friends to read the essay and write their reflections to be added to make a book. I was surprised to be one of those asked to write a reflection. Kraus used my reflection as an introduction. For more information about Kraus’s book and read reviews click here.
The next time I visited My Joy I had the book in hand and read the introduction to her. She asked me to loan her the book. A few days later My Joy revealed that she was reading it, and making notes. I asked her why she was reading it, and she told me she was “curious.” I chuckled.
I told her she was surely a true daughter of Eve, the first woman, who when enticed by a serpent let her curiosity get the best of her. She ate forbidden fruit and gave a taste to her husband. God cursed the woman, her husband and the snake. I told My Joy that I see another possible story behind the story.
God can turn a curse into a blessing. God taught Adam and Eve how to properly dress themselves for life outside the garden and took them to the exit gate and opened the way to the earth-sized garden that awaited them and their children. In that vast garden, curiosity, challenges and opportunities flourish. Allow me to test some general observations.
To be non-curious is to be self-blinded. To be non-curious is to refuse to examine one’s own culture and the cultures around us. If we are non-curious we will hesitate to carefully examine our own beliefs or the beliefs of others. Without curiosity Bible readers are blinded to its truth. Scientists need curiosity to test the latest findings of their research.
Curiosity opens eyes wide to the ills and strengths of one’s own culture and the cultures of others, allows the follower of Jesus to put to practice the love that sets us free.
I like Eve, and her daughters and sons. Again, I recommend “On Being Human, – sexuality and the image of God ” by Norman Kraus. Find it here on Amazon with more reviews. It is not an ordinary book on same sex issues.