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Questions tagged [temptation]

Temptation is an incitement to sin whether by persuasion or by the offer of some good or pleasure.

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Would men have ever sinned if Satan did not tempt Eve in the garden in the first place? [closed]

I talked with one of our fellowship members who had not been attending services recently. I then asked him how his spiritual life is. He told me he doesn't even know if God exist sometimes and said he ...
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Can the devil be considered guilty?

Not trying to be devil's advocate or anything, but I am curious about what most denominations and Christians believe about how the devil became evil. To go based off these two assumptions: The wages ...
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How does “Lead us not into temptation” need to be interpreted? [closed]

When we Christians recite the "Our Father", we always say: ... and lead us not into temptation ... From this quote I understand very clearly that God can lead us to temptation thus contradicting ...
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Can a devil use one prayer to prevent us from praying different one? (Catholic perspective)

We all know the importance of praying the rosary. But I have also been praying The Twelve-year Prayer of S. Bridget of Sweden. I noticed one very important thing. Anytime I got into a temptation it ...
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How does Reformed Theology reconcile Jesus' meaningful temptation and impeccability?

According to Reformed Theology (the predominant view or an overview of slight variations within), how is the impeccability of Jesus reconciled with the idea that his temptations were authentic to the ...
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Why sleep put apostles into temptation?

Matthew 26:40-41 NIV Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall ...
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Is there consensus between Christian commentators about how Jesus came to be atop the temple when being tempted by Satan in the wilderness?

After his baptism we read that Jesus went off into the wilderness fasting for 40 days and being tempted by the devil. Matthew 4:1-11 NIV: 1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to ...
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How does the LDS church back up the statement “I'm stronger than Satan”?

I have heard that I'm stronger than Satan for a few reasons. Because I have a body and he doesn't. Because he only has as much power over me as I give him. Because I am never beyond the influence of ...
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How do Roman Catholics interpret Luke 4:13, regarding the devil leaving Jesus “until an opportune time”?

Luke 4:13 (NIV) reads: When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him [Jesus] until an opportune time. What is the Catholic interpretation of the phrase "until an opportune time"? We ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, are humans the only beings that can be tempted?

If Jesus got tempted for 40 days does it mean Satan can tempt God? Are humans the only ones that are tempted because of flesh or even in spirit there is still temptation, or are angels and saints also ...
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If God cannot tempt anyone, what is the meaning of the following scriptures? [closed]

In light of James 1:13, I would like to know the meaning of the remaining scriptures quoted below. James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted ...
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What is the Catholic explanation for temptation?

I have recently been thinking: Why am I tempted to sin at all? If a Higher Power created me and the universe, as well as a set of laws for me to follow, why am I tempted to break these laws? Did he ...
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If God doesn't tempt us, why does the Lord's Prayer petition Him to “lead us not into temptation”?

Matthew 6:9-13 Jesus instructs us: “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven....
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Do Catholics believe that God is actively “fighting” Satan?

Do Catholics believe that God is actively "fighting" Satan? Or do they believe that Satan is a "tempter" who only tries to corrupt humans? I vaguely recall stories from the Old Testament when God ...
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Was Jesus' time in the wilderness the only time that He encountered Satan on Earth?

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, ...
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Do Catholics believe that Jesus' time in the wilderness was meant as an allegory?

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, ...
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What is the scriptural evidence for Satan “taking hold” of Christians' minds or implanting/whispering thoughts?

Just looking for some solid theology here. There is a premise that I have seen repeated over and over in Christian circles and it typically revolves around the paradigm that Satan and demons have the ...
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why can the devil offer riches? [closed]

Often people talk about the devil offering one all these material things if one should worship him. People even believe that they can become rich and famous if they sell their soul, Why is this!? The ...
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Do any Christian traditions think that evil desires are not sin?

There are several related questions already about this topic on C.SE, such as "What does it mean that Jesus was tempted in every way like us (yet without sin)?" and "What is temptation?". My question ...
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Why do Mathew and Luke present a different order of Satan's temptation of Jesus? [closed]

Matthew 4:1–11 and Luke 4:1–13 presented a different order of the temptations Satan offered after Christ completed his forty days fasting in the wilderness Matthew If you are the Son of God, command ...
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Does God tempt Abraham in Genesis 22:1?

In James 1:13 it says: 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: But in Genesis 22:1 it is written: And it came ...
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What is the basis for the argument that Jesus DID NOT have the ability to sin or give in to temptation?

While some people believe that Jesus could have given in to the temptations He suffered and sinned, others do not. They believe that Jesus could suffer temptation, but did not have the capacity to ...
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What is the basis for the argument that Jesus DID have the ability to give in to temptation?

I understand that some people believe that Jesus actually had the capacity to sin, that is, to give in to the temptations that He suffered. This seems to suggest that God has the power to sin. In a ...
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What is temptation? [closed]

Temptation, in the common secular sense, seems to indicate an attraction to something. Temptation The act of tempting The condition of being tempted. Something attractive, tempting or ...
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Why did Satan tempt Jesus in the desert?

In Matthew 4:1-13 and Luke 4:1-11, Jesus was in the desert for 40 days and tempted by Satan. Of particular interest is the first temptation. Luke 4:3-4 (NLT) 3 Then the devil said to ...
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Do God and Satan Celebrate Earthly Triumphs?

Many people talk about "A Never-Ending Battle Between Good and Evil". The Bible mentions specific interventions by God and Satan to influence earthly events. 'The Binding of Issac' stands out in my ...
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What if we were not tempted by the devil but rather, we failed God's test? [closed]

The bible lets us know that God does not tempt us into evil. James 1:13 "When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;" ...
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What does it mean that Jesus was tempted in every way like us (yet without sin)? [closed]

Hebrews 4:15 says that Jesus was tempted in every respect as we are. What does it mean that He was tempted "in every respect" as we are? For we do not have a high priest who is unable to ...
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Did Jesus undergo another temptation in the the garden?

The only temptation I know of in the bible concerning Jesus was when in the wilderness with the devil. A friend used Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ as his basis to claim Jesus was tempted by the ...
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What is the significance of the three distinct aspects of the temptation of Eve in the garden? [closed]

Genesis 3 indicates that there were three distinct aspects of the temptation of Eve: So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the ...
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What does it mean to test God?

I remember that while Jesus was being tempted in the desert by the devil, the devil had asked Him to jump down from a height, because the angels would be sure to rescue Him. But Jesus answered that ...
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Does God test us?

I was working on a different question and I found that I couldn't actually find anywhere that shows that God actually tests us. Psalms 26:2 (NIV) Test me, LORD, and try me, examine my heart and ...
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Can Satan read our minds? [closed]

I come from the assumption that God can read our minds. That we can pray silently and that God will hear our prayers. However, can Satan hear our prayers as well? Can he hear our other thoughts? I ...