Does God Tempt Anyone
James 1:13 says, "...for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone." If that is so, then why was the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil put in the Garden of Eden? I know there must be a reason, but I can't think of it.
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---Casey on 9/19/06
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God tests us.
The devil tempts us.
---paul on 9/11/08|
In order to not be robots, and preprogramed, God had to give man choice. In order for man to obey Gods will, there had to be something that he could disobey. God only gave one commandment, and man could not even obey that one thing that God asked. If there had been nothing for man to obey, then, he would not have had free choice. God is drawing to himself, a people, that will obey his commandments.Jesus said if you love me, Obey my commands.
---gayla on 8/17/08|
God put it there and said "do not eat of this" that is not tempting. What Satan did was temptation. I believe it was placed there as a test to see if man would obey Him. A test ( to see if you will trust and obey God)- is different from being tempted. Temptation - trys to get you to sin -to disobey.
---Linda3939 on 8/15/08|
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
But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
---Mary on 11/23/06|
"God cannot be tempted" That verse in James when read in context means that God by His "holy nature" has no capacity for evil, or vulnerability to it. (Haba. 1:13; Lev.19:2; Isa. 6:3; 1 Peter 1:16). "does He Himself tempt anyone" In this context, James is speaking to born again believers in Christ. God purposes trials to occur and in them He allows temptation to happen, (He does not tempt Himself), but He has promised not to allow more than believers
---lisa on 11/23/06|
2. can endure and never without a way to escape (1 Cor. 10:13). They choose (speaking to believers only) whether to take the escape God provides or to give in (verse 14; 2 Samuel 24:1; 1 Chr. 21:1). These verses in James have to be read in context as to who he was speaking to and why he said what he said. God can do anything at anytime. He is Sovereign and in control of heaven and earth and in teaching us through His word He makes clear He is at liberty to do as His pleases.
---lisa on 11/23/06|
"tempt" and "test" were used interchangeably, but today we draw a dinstinction between the two. tempt in reference to God, more correctly is called a test or try, in order to temper our faith. But when it is of evil, it is to get one to sin, it is tempt or deceive. The tree in the garden was not the error, but the error in the garden was the serpent's lie, the disobedience of eating of the tree, and the unrepentance after the sin.
---Eloy on 11/21/06|
Because, God will withhold nothing from us; good or evil.
---ShawnM.T. on 11/21/06|
God doesn't temp to evil--he doesn't make evil look enticing. However, God tests the faith of his servants by providing the choice of obedience or disobedience, having already made good enticing by truth, knowing that a wicked heart will give ear to the devil who will try to deceive one that the evil is enticing. This is the difference between tempting and testing. Testing, while encouraging one to do good, tests intent by providing the option for compromise, but tempting persuades to compromise.
---Okebaram on 9/24/06|
To those who replied to my question here...I've wondered about that for a long time, so really appreciated you taking the time to explain it. Thanks again.
---Irene on 9/22/06|
The Father tempts no one, He gives opportunities for us to know & reveal what lies within, and to prove ourselves to ourselves. That was the purpose of the tree. Without knowing error there can be no understanding of truth. Temptation is an enticement, man is enticed when he is drawn to his own lust & entrapped.
---Josef on 9/22/06|
It simply means "keep us from tepmtation" similar to the Psalmist's prayer: Psalms 27:11, "Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies."
It does not mean do not tempt us.
If you believe God tempts us, how do you deal with 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:"?
---Bruce5656 on 9/21/06|
greetings,the phrase in the lords prayer,"lead us not into temptation" is not in original form .the original phrase is "save us in temptation ,deliver us from evil".this will then allign with thomas'statement"God does not tempt".
---earl on 9/21/06|
In the Lord's Prayer, we pray to the Father..."and lead us not into temptation". Why is it worded this way if God doesn't tempt us? Thanks.
---Irene on 9/20/06|
Casey, Adam & Eve had no issues with God and visa versa, so when God put that tree there, God wasn't thinking any inpure motive to tempt them. God's thinking was probably, "I can trust my servants Adam & Eve to obey me." THEY themselves made the decision to disobey God. It was satan who tempted them, not God.
---Donna9759 on 9/20/06|
temptation is not of God. temptation is the flesh and the spirit in conflict over a decision.even jesus was tempted.God made man with free will, he never wanted robots.God desires that we freely choose to obey his word.you have many things in your home that tempt your children ,but yet you expect them,after you have taught them to obey your decisions, right?you don,t remove the things that tempt them,neither does God.Really we can,t learn without being tempted.
---tom2 on 9/20/06|
God did not tempt Adam and Eve, the Serpent did. God simply put the tree there, and it was not expecting too much of his Creation to obey Him.
---Madison1101 on 9/19/06|
God tests (proves) people but as the Bible says He doesn't tempt (provoke) people. The tree in the garden was a good tree, it was not a temtation. It was a test. Same with us as parents. We test(prove) our kids but we're not supposed to tempt(provoke) them.
---john on 9/19/06|
greetings,many people continue to believe that God places a object ,problem ,situation,a difficulty,a pain,a suffering,a hinderance or any type of enticement in their lives specifically for them to choose the good or the evil from it but when looking on the grand scale every one living will or dead has gone through the same or similiar experiences called 'life'.God is no respector of persons.there is nothing new under the sun
---earl on 9/19/06|
I believe the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was put in the Garden of Eden to test Adam and Eve's obedience to God.
---Helen_5378 on 9/19/06|
God did not tempt Eve to eat. Satan did and she tempted Adam. Gen 3:1-6
---Bruce5656 on 9/19/06|
The two accounts are trying to teach different concepts.
The Genesis account is Hebrew allegorical story coming out of oral tradition, it's purpose is to explaining the reason for sin in the world.
James is dealing with resisting temptation.
Analyze the block of scripture that James is presenting. There is no conflict if you understand the purposes of each account.
---Phil_the_Elder on 9/19/06|