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Why Did God Tempt Us

God knows all! But why did He allow us to be tempted in the very beginning by forbidding us to eat of that one tree, "knowing" that we would disobey Him, and cause so many to suffer in hell forever? He created us to be Godly, yet knew man would betray Him, still He made it that way.

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In the Old Testament, "tempting" by God can best be understood as testing or proving. The Lord tests Israel to prove the true nature of her faithfulness to Him [Gen. 22:1]. His purpose is not to induce His people to sin but to confirm their faith [James 1:2-4]. Same was in the Garden of Eden. The Lord's testing of their faith.....Having resisted satanic temptation, Christ is able to comfort and aid His followers who are tempted in similar fashion [Heb. 2:18,4:15]. So the reason for all of it, to your question was to test Adam and Eve's faithfulness. They felled the test, my friend.++Here comes Jesus.
---catherine on 7/28/08

Rhonda, what you say is somewhat true but misleading. First of all Adam and Eve were the only one's who really had free will. They did not have a sin nature to have a desire to sin. They were not slaves to sin. They were pure. At least not until the devil appeared to her. Since the fall, all humans have a sin nature, that is why they are fallen. They have a will but it is not free from sin. They are slaves to sin. As slaves they cannot escape. They have no inclination for God. Every choice they make does not include God they are separated from God. The Bible describes them as doing the desires of their father the devil. They are considered spiritually dead. Why are they in this condition? Because God set the curse after the fall.
---Mark_V. on 7/28/08

If Eve sinned, He had to have allowed it, if He was in complete control of His creation.

somewhat true although very misleading ...this would lead many to believe that God chose Eve to disobey when He could have chosen for her to obey which is not true

God gave mankind free moral agency allowing us choice of obeying or disobey God

by free moral agency God "allowed" Eve the choice to obey or disobey ...Eve disobeyed by her choice

...Eve (like all mankind) has free moral agency ...with free moral agency Eve (like all of us) have a choices

if you sin today you cannot look to God and claim it was God who "allowed" me to sin today was your free moral agency that chose to sin
---Rhonda on 7/26/08

In short, God has to PROVE who deserves eternal life or punishment, otherwise, at the last judgement, some people could say to God "But I don't DESERVE to go to hell".

By allowing us to PROVE whether we DESERVE eternal life or not, God's judgement will be unquestionably JUST.
---more_excellent_way on 7/24/08

Edward, the word, "Omniscience" is given only to God. The word omniscience means "to have all (omni) knowledge (science). That term is properly applied only to God.
God did not give us freedom to test anyone to find out information. "He already has all knowledge."

Eloy, you said, "God is ultimately in complete control of His creation, is very true. He is Omnipotent. Nothing can happen without Him allowing it or by His permission. If a man disobeys without Him allowing it, he is not in complete control, and things would be out of control, and God would not be Omnipotent. Man would be. If Eve sinned, He had to have allowed it, if He was in complete control of His creation.
---Mark_V. on 7/24/08

God is perfect, above blame, and ultimately in complete control over all his creation. God's omniscience is not the evil, nor is God evil who made man, and even man is not the evil. But the evil was first exactly when Heylel the serpent freely chose to rebel against Almighty God his Maker, and lie and deceive the weaker vessel into disobeying God. Then secondly the evil was exactly when the woman freely chose to agree with the disobedience presented to her and disobey God. Then thirdly the evil was that the woman refused to repent from her sin, but instead she went and talked her husband into disobeying God Almighty also.
---Eloy on 7/24/08

See here, God did not hold a gun to Adam and eve's head and say eat that fruit so I can send a bunch of people to HELL. Now, it's late and I will try to get back with you on this tomorrow. Good night++
---catherine on 7/23/08

I have faith in the laws of physics and obey them, but I don't love them.

Our faith in Jesus should be borne out of love for God.

Our devotion should be based on the "GREATEST of these" (1 Corinthians 13:13)...
"So faith, hope, love abide, these three, but the greatest of these is love".

1 Thessalonians 1:3
"faith and labor of LOVE and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ".

1 Thess. 5:8
"But, since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and LOVE".
---more_excellent_way on 7/22/08

God gave us freedom to test us if we will obey or disobey him. He want us to love him as we are and not being controlled by him. =)
---Edward on 7/22/08

God made free will and the gift of freedom to choose: God did not make disobedience, woman did.
---Eloy on 10/13/07

God acccording to James 1:13, does not tempt us but allows us to be tried and tested. We have freewill choice to obey or disobey God. I have always believed that not only does God want to see if we are going to be obedient and faithful to Him, but I also believe that God allows things in our lives to test our love for Him. Anyone can say that they love God, but is that love that they profess shown by action? Something to think about.
---Cynthia on 10/12/07

Because God knew the free-will choice mankind would make, he lovingly and immediately communicated and supplied a new way for mankind to be reconciled with the Creator's first intention of victorious living.
---M._Dianne on 10/12/07

God does not tempt anybody. James 1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God", for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. God allowed Adam and Eve to show obedience. Obviously they failed. God is the creator of everything and it is up to us to be obedient.
---denna7667 on 9/14/07

God gave us a free will. He wanted us to serve him by our will. He did not want robots to serve him. Why did he create the angles if he knew some would follow the devil? The devil use to be the Number one angle. If he didn't create the angles man would not have eaten the forbiden fruit.
---Rev_Herb on 9/14/07

Isaiah45:5 " I am the Lord, and there is no other, apart from me there is no God."
and 45:7 " I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create diasaster; I, the Lord, do all these things"
---James_Michael on 4/7/07

If it does not say in scripture why God did something or allowed something, I do not think there is any point in speculating.
God tests peoples faith, but does not tempt.
---Ulrika on 4/1/06

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Happiness is subject to circumstances. True joy is found in Christ. You just haven't disovered your Source yet. If you want to experience the joy that is in Christ and is not dependent on circumstances, ask Him to reveal Himself as your joy. He will.
---Linda on 4/1/06

"I have a big problem with this also. I dont know but you'd think God would have had a better way for mankind. He made us. You'd think he would have made us happier.or something."

He does have a better Way. His name is Jesus.

Born of flesh, we are flesh. Born of the Spirit, we are spirit. If you have received Christ as Savior, who you are in Adam has been done away with and you have been remade in Christ.
---Linda on 4/1/06

peace joy and righteousness or in the Holy Ghost men were created to receive joy walking in the is said weep when we are born and rejoice wwhen we die. truly dieing to the flesh is what a born again person represents exzucuh
---Exzucuh on 4/1/06

Kila, I have a big problem with this also. I dont know but you'd think God would have had a better way for mankind. He made us. You'd think he would have made us happier.or something.
---susan on 4/1/06

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the tree was not evil it was the knownledge of the law of God, he intended for man to walk in his Spirit and have the mind of the Spirit or Christ but by eating the man received the carnal anti-christ mind without faith that brings death,speaking death, life and death are in the tounge.exzucuh
---exzucuh on 4/1/06

God tempts no man. Man is tempted when he is drawn by his own lust.
---Thomas on 3/31/06

The tree was not evil to the people, the people eating it was evil. If i had some young children and i cautioned them not to drive my car, or i cautioned them not to touch my guns, else they would die. But they chose to disobey and take my car and drive it into an accident and die, or take and play with my guns and shoot and kill each other, then i would not be at fault, the disobedient is at fault. It's the same with sin, the wages of sin is death, but obedience is life eternal.
---Eloy on 9/20/05

God tempts no one. we are tempted when we are drawn away by our own lusts. Temptation lets us know wnat is really in us. what our true character is all about.
God gave us free will to choose good or evil. It helps us to realize how dependent we must be on God to overcome our flesh. We cannot do it in our own strength.
---Tsuanne on 9/20/05

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, without the ability to choose, we are robots and love means nothing.
---steve on 9/19/05

Brother Eloy, please read 1Jn 2:2,4:10, and I agree, the Father does have ultimate control at the last trumpet. Right now, He has given us time to establish His family, freely choosing to be sons or not. This is in our control, even though it's a free gift available to all, not all will choose to receive it. The dumb things we do that do not follow God's principles will cause a death in that area of our lives, but God is not the One doing the killing. He loves us; His wrath is appeased!
---sam7944 on 9/1/05

sam7944, When God hardened pharoah's heart, it was from pharoah refusing to submit and the consequence was stubborn hardness: as Lot's wife became hardened by her disobedience, but Lot was saved. The same sun melts butter, and hardens clay. If freewill is misused to sin, the consequence is destruction decreed by God; if we obey him, then he blesses us as he decrees. And when he takes all principality and powers and rulers of darkness, and destroys them into the everlasting fire, that indeed is control.
---Eloy on 8/28/05

Eloy, you are so right on, but I believe God is really not in complete control. He gave us freedom, right? Doesn't that also mean freedom to reject Him, sin, follow Him, stand on our heads, whatever? I know that puts the responibility right back on us, but then, we are the ones that are free to make our choices , good or bad. We always want to blame the devil, or our messed up childhood, or our mother in law, but it is really our own heart issues that drive us. We can't blame God either.
---sam7944 on 8/26/05

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God allows temtation so we can choose him in love and make a liar out of the devil.

Revelation 12:10- he has accused you day and night!
Jesus did it all for us, forever putting down the testimony of your accuser.

Yours is to testify to the truth, and join in with all of Heaven letting the spirit live in you; breaking the bond of the flesh.
God is out to establish his children in his image as in the beginning, and those who "suffer in Hell forever" have chosen it.
---Pharisee on 8/25/05

He made freewill. "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own wants, and enticed. Then when want has conceived, it brings forward sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forward death." James 1:13-15. God is perfect, above reproach, and ultimately in complete control over all his creation. Praise God.
---Eloy on 8/25/05

It is like having kids, we know at some point they will disobey us, hate us, and reject us. However we still have kids to raise and to love and one day that love comes back tenfold. God did not want just some dog around, but someone who loves him freely and unconditionally like he loves us.
---geraa7578 on 8/25/05

God doesnot tempt us, what tepts us is us using our freewill.He allows things to happen so our spiritual walk can grow, but he doesnot give us anything we cannot handle.
---candice on 8/25/05

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if you read Romans, God gave us a free will as He did Adam and Eve and He prepared by knowing they would sin, so Jesus would come
read ICORINTHIANS 10:13,
if God didnt love us, He would never have sent His Son Jesus so all could "accept Him and salvation" they who go to Hell choose to live now and think not of eternity,
---michele on 8/25/05

God is a gentleman. He created us with a will of our own, meaning we can make choices and Adam and Eve made a choice. He doesn't override our choices but he does provide a way of escape as it says is 1 Cor 10:13, he also provided an avenue of reconciliation back to him which was His Son Jesus Christ through death and resurrection we can have the FREE gift of life eternal, so many go to HELL by choice, we weren't damned to hell, we have a choice and we can choose life everlasting by accepting Christ.
---Melissa on 8/25/05

God did not 'tempt' us. He gave us a choice. He wants us to love him because we want to, not because we were programmed that way. He knows the ultimate outcome of every choice we make, but he does not know what our choice will be. He gave Adam a choice but did not know what he would do nor did he 'cause' anyone to go to hell. That is also a choice of our free will.
---David on 8/25/05

First, rest assured, God does not tempt anyone.
Second, God did build into his system the possibility, NOT the obligation to sin. He gave us the free choice to obey or disobey but, He never has and never will force our choice. No PREDESTINATION.
Now it is a fact that He knows everything. He does have FOREKNOWLEDGE and from that He
that "man" would make some bad choices, so He prepared the plan of salvation for you and me and as many as will accept Him as Saviour and Lord.
---Pierr7958 on 8/25/05

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