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Does God tempt people?

James 1:13
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, NEITHER TEPTETH HE ANY MAN.

Genesis 22:1
God did tempt Abraham.


Asked by IhartU at 4:54 PM on Jul. 11, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • It can be hard to tell the difference, but temptation would be like trying to put a guy in front of pornography to see if you can entice him. God wouldn't create situations in your life where He wants to see if you will fall into sin. You wouldn't do that you your children (if you had boys) just to see if you could trust them, LOL.

    Testing is more like when you are in high school and your class project is a trust walk, where one kid is blind folded and you have to trust the other kid to lead you around school safely. God will allow us to go through times like this where we have to trust him. It has nothing to do with sin, but with our faith.

    And it isn't for God to figure our if we will "pass" -- it is for us to see that we can trust Him. He already knows our thoughts and our actions. But we need to learn about His thoughts and actions, so that we can learn to trust Him.


    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 9:29 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • Get a Bible dictionary, sweetie, Tempt in Genesis 22:1= "tried, or tested". Tempt in James 1:13 = "influence to do wrong, suggest wrong-doing".

    Answer by Lexylex at 5:01 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • There is a difference between the two examples you have given. In Genesis 22 we do not see God tempting Abraham. Temptation means to entice someone to do evil, seduce. What God was doing was TESTING Abraham's faith. Abraham had made a huge mistake earlier, because he lacked faith in God's promise, and it brought forth Ishmael. So God was giving Abraham a chance to prove that he fully believed in God's promises.

    By telling Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, Abraham would have to prove that he believed that God would fulfill his promise through Isaac, either by providing another sacrifice at the last minute or raising Isaac from the dead. Abraham finally had the faith to obey God, and he knew that Isaac really was the child of promise.

    Abraham was considered righteous because he believed God. And we are also justified by faith that God will accomplish all He promises. But God will never try and get us to sin.

    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 5:05 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • So God tests and Satan Tempts? I see no difference, just a way to make what God is doing seem better.

    Answer by IhartU at 5:12 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • IheartU, the difference is the motive, Satan temps us to follow our own lusts and desires. I want it so I'm going to do it. God tests our devotion and how willing we are to give up everything to Him.

    In this particular case Abraham was to be the father of many nations, God was establishing a new covenant with Abraham, a nation out of which the whole world would be blessed. God knew Abraham had the faith, but God needed to show Abraham that Abraham had the faith. Abraham needed to see that he could give up anything. Also Abraham saw that when he was that willing to trust God, that God provided.


    Answer by teamquinn at 8:28 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • The important thing to remember is that the Lord doesn't want any of us to sin. He is not going to put some irresistable hunk in front of you just to see if you can resist your lust. He won't tempt us. He is the one that helps us endure the temptation, or run from it.

    And not all temptations come from the enemy either (Satan can only be in one place at a time so he doesn't go around tempting everyone-- when I say "the enemy" I refer to Satan and the other fallen angels). But we are tempted by our own desires. The enemy can entice us and try and get us to sin, but the Bible says, "But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed." (James 1:14).

    God is the one who helps us to resist temptation, "God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it." 1 Cor. 10:13


    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 9:21 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • no satan tempts

    Answer by lawla at 9:44 PM on Jul. 11, 2009