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One well-known example of God specifically testing someone is when he commanded Abraham to offer his son Isaac as an offering unto him. (Genesis chapter 22) Also, the Bible contains several references to God testing people in general to see if they will obey. For example: Exodus 16: 4 I [will] prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no. ...


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The recorded three temptations of Christ mirror the steps Satan used to bring sin into the world in the first place: If you are the Son of God ... vs Genesis 3 Did God actually say ... Also, like with the first sin, it is related to food. Second: If you are the Son of God, jump off ... vs You will not surely die God didn't mean what ...


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I don't think there is any Biblical evidence of this. However, if we assume he can't, directly (which I suspect) then I'm sure he can indirectly, through a combination of body language, experience of humans and knowledge of specific individuals. Say for example you look twice at an attractive member of the opposite sex - you don't need to read minds to have ...


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A Lutheran pastor I know addressed this question for me years ago. He said that Satan cannot read or control the thoughts of Christians. He further said that Satan can implant thoughts into our mind, but it is up to us whether we allow our minds to linger upon the thought. I believe he cited demon possession as an exception to this, but Christians are ...


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If by "test" you mean "Tempt" then no. God will not tempt us. James 1:13-16 (NKJV) 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to ...


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No, God does not. In hebrew the word there is נָסָה the KJV translates it as "tempt", but strong's translates it as "to test". In fact if you check out other translations you'll find thats how they translate it as well. So what was God doing in Genesis 22? Was he tempting Abraham or testing him? Reading on in the chapter God makes it clear. 2 “Take ...


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Being the nerdy type, I sought out a more technical answer. Apparently the word used for "in every respect" (or as the KJV puts it, "in all points") is κατα παντα, (kata panta). That latter word, πᾶς, (pas) means 1) individually a) each, every, any, all, the whole, everyone, all things, everything 2) collectively a) some of all types [source: BLB] ...


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The Bible does not definitively state whether or not Jesus was tempted in the garden or not, so for us to be definitive where the Bible is not must be speculative at best. What we do know is that Jesus was tempted during His life in all ways, just as we are, yet was without sin. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our ...


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As the word 'celebrate' implies satisfaction or joy, I don't think we can properly say the Devil 'celebrates' in any thing that he falsely perceives as accomplishing his hate. As the Devil in enraged by cruel ambitions, he can find no real satisfaction or joy. Rather all his efforts would be understood better as an energetic and powerful 'writhing in agony.' ...


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This is sort of a combination and customization of several commentaries I perused on the subject, being curious myself. As I am not directly copying any one of them I am not adding individual quotes. The two that most influenced my opinion here is Edersheim and someone called Arthur Sloman. If you read the verses carefully you will notice Luke does not ...


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Here's the passage where Satan tempts Jesus in this way: Matthew 4:8-10 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the ...


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In the great Intercessory Prayer Christ prays that God will keep those disciples given to him and any that believe on their word un-spotted from the world then in verse 23 he says something crucial to remember about God's motivation vs. the devils motivation (KJV) John 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the ...


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In this context, it meant to demand that God prove Himself. My answer to this question address this, as does the one on the link @Caleb provided in the note above. The short version of it is that throughout Biblical history, from the Exodus on, God has shown little patience with people demanding He prove that He exist, particularly the Israelites, who ...


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Reading minds to my knowledge is solely something for God to do, as it is He who discerns the thoughts and the heart. However, that doesn't mean that satan doesn't do a good job of inference. he is also said to send fiery darts, which would of course be in various forms spiritually, including thoughts and temptations. That covers implanting thoughts, but not ...


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1 Thessalonians 5:23 KJV And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Shameless "copy and paste" from here: 1: The BODY. This is your PHYSICAL component of being. It is flesh made from a collection of unremarkable mineral ...


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The three virtues of the tree are an instance of what is called the “rule of three”, a literary device which engages the hearer using a pattern that is easy to commit to memory. The significance of three seems to be that the hearer cannot be expected to see a pattern in fewer things. You will find the rule of three used heavily not just throughout the Bible ...


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Tempted == Tested The fathers say there are stages of temptation: Presence of the temptation Entertaining the temptation Sinning Habitual sin In (1) the person is being tempted (such as if one hears evil words) but if one ignores them and does not react, one has neither 'been tempted' in the more normal usage of the word which means more 'one's heart ...


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I don't read that as Satan asking Jesus to prove his identity; rather, it reads as a temptation. "You have power. You're very hungry. Use your power to take care of your personal problems." As Paul points out, For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet ...


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At least apart from the temptation in the wilderness, I also know of the following: "And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor." (Luke 20:20). "Now the chief priests, and elders, and ...


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The Holy Spirit also not only Satan has a motive in the temptation of Christ: " Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the Devil"( Matthew 4:1 NIV) The motive of the Holy Spirit is to prove that the Son is God just as his Father is: Temptation 1: If Jesus is really God's own Son, consubstantial with him, then he surely has the ...


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Simply put, he is the ruler of this earth and has great influence. Revelations mentions that he was casted out of heaven with his demons (fallen angels) and was bound to the earth. 1 John 5:19 states that the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one, otherwise known as the Devil, Satan.


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Baptists believe that being tempted is not sinning, for two reason, the first being because of James 1:13-15. "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it ...


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The following is sort of an answer to your question: the desert fathers (from the beginnings of monasticism) thought a lot about the beginning of sin. Sin has its origins in "logismoi," thoughts in our mind floating hither and thither, often from whence we know not. "Logismoi" is usually translated as "thoughts," though maybe in this usage it would be more ...


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It is what satan throws at you if you bite you sin. How to stop it. Don't take the bate. There is no such thing as sudden sin. It happen just like this you hear it in your ear, or you see it with eyes, then you want it with you heart so much you say it out your mouth then you do it "sin", seed time, it grew, then bam harvest you just did the will of satan. ...


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Temptation is one of those words that shows just how.... difficult English can be. I am assuming that when you talk about the temptations and Christ, you are talking about the temptations that were apart of his 40 day fast and the ones immediately following that fast? Now the scripture in Matthew reads: Matt 4: 1,3 ) 1. Then was Jesus led up of the ...


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Why did Satan tempt Jesus in the desert? Because Satan hates Christ and wants him to fall. What was Satan's motive in asking Jesus for a sign of His identity? Because Jesus was going to save people by living a sinless life and dying for them. Satan didn't want that. He was tempting Jesus to fulfill a lust of using God's divine power to satisfy his hunger ...


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Sin First, it is important to understand that God desires intimate, loving relationship with His people and between His people. The whole law is built upon this. "And [Jesus] said to him, '"YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD..." This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR..." On these two ...


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Beloved, God tests us to refine us and consecrate us for him in order that we may be closer to him, and that God may be glorified in us. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined and will test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will hear and answer them. I will say, It is My people; ...


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Jesus was tempted like us, in every way as us. But it goes beyond what we endure. Jesus could have called angels to drive the soldiers away from the cross and take Him down. He suffered horrible torture and pain and yet he endured without calling on angels or His father other then to ask for strength to see it through. We don't have that temptation, we ...


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As lining up with a response of mine to another question, it is clear that he is tested in his humanity, since he does not want to die (living is a good thing.) Death is an evil that the human recoils from naturally. This 'natural' recoiling is overcome, it would seem, by doing something even better, that is, the will of God, which is life itself. If this ...



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