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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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The phrase is part of a couplet, so it needs to be read in that context. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. The phrase does not assume that God might lead us into temptation. Instead, it assumes that God does deliver us from evil. The couplet gives the impression that temptations will come, but prays that God delivers us from ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Only God can know what is in our minds. Even the saints and the Virgin Mary cannot know what's going inside our inner thoughts if we don't let them know (in our prayers). The same rule applies to our guardian angel. So the devil cannot know what goes in our minds. But we should consider Satan is very intelligent and he can read clues, as we can read in ...


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I love Acts 5 (verse 3): Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? ... Peter clearly implies agency of Satan here, and apparently, Ananias and Sapphira, while not necessarily believers, were held in that ...


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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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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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Catholics believe in the four senses of Scripture and that all Scripture should be interpreted, firstly by the literal sense (not literalistic, as in every must be taken as having literally happened). Allegory is only one of the spiritual senses of Scripture. See the reference to the Catechism beginning in paragraph 101. You may want to continue reading ...


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This may be a simplistic answer, but it came as something of an "aha!" moment to me when I first heard it many years ago: In general, it is probably not the best idea to ask God to do something God doesn't want to do, or to ask God not to do something God does want to do. Presumably God's will and God's knowledge of the situation is better than ours. So if ...


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Good question. As it turns out, there isn't an official Catholic position. That is, the Catechism does not address the question of why temptation occurs. What follows is an argument combining the thinking of several different Catholic scholars. First, the definition of temptation is An attraction, either from outside oneself or from within, to act ...


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If God cannot tempt anyone, what is the meaning of the following scriptures? James 1:13 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: 1 Kings 22:20-22 And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, ...


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Many people do not realize that believers and non-believers alike receive a default protection from God. They have a "hedge" around them similar to the hedge described as around Job. If it were not so, Satan and his evil spirits would do be able to do as they please. "Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has?" (Job ...


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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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