Temptation, in the common secular sense, seems to indicate an attraction to something.
- The act of tempting
- The condition of being tempted.
- Something attractive, tempting or seductive; an inducement or enticement.
- Pressure applied to your thinking designed to create wrong emotions which will eventually lead to wrong actions.
- attractive, appealing, enticing
- seductive, alluring, inviting
- (transitive) To provoke someone to do wrong, especially by promising a reward; to entice.
She tempted me to eat the apple.
- (transitive) To attract; to allure.
Its glossy skin tempted me.
- (transitive) To provoke something; to court.
It would be tempting fate.
But, as with many secular concepts that overlap religious concepts, there are often explicit theological definitions which allow the terminology to fit into religious, dogmatic, and theological discussions with less ambiguity. In this case, is there any predominating Christian/theological definition?
In particular, how is temptation defined or explained in such a manner that allows Christ to have been tempted?
To clarify the problem, if Christ is to be attracted to some thing, there must be some part or aspect of Christ to which some thing appeals. More significantly, Christ, in order to be tempted, must desire that thing if we are to say He is attracted to it. And if Christ is to contain a part or aspect to which some evil may be a temptation, thus arousing a desire, there could be said to be a sinful nature or component in Christ -- a contradiction of His Godliness.
To illustrate the problem, one might select magnetism (or any natural force) as a natural analogy. For the effect of magnetism (sin) to attract (tempt) a material (person), the material must contain, at least to some extent, a magnetic (sinful) component.
Thus, if we say that Christ is tempted in this understanding, we say that He has a sinful component.
How do we Christians, Catholics, or any denomination that has a well-established concept, define or explain temptation in a non-trivial manner without requiring Christ to have a sinful nature?