TEMPTATION - THE REAL ISSUE
I Cor 10:13

"No temptation has overtaken you except such is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it."
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COMMON IDEAS OF TEMPTATION
GOD'S VIEW OF TEMPTATION

JESUS IS TEMPTED IN ALL WAYS BUT OVERCAME
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COMMON IDEAS OF TEMPTATION

We are tempted all the time.  No matter if we believe in Jesus or not, there are no exceptions.  Often times, we have our own views of temptations.  We think of it as breaching a moral standard.  Some of us will consider the benefits to ourselves or if it will hurt others.  If not, we can do practically anything.  Some of us will look at what the general society will view us if we were to do it.

Quite often, we don't think of temptations as temptations, rather we think of it as situations requiring a decision of a moral nature.  So, doing good and evil is purely a concept relative to one's background.  We have relative notions to being posed to decide to act on good or evil.

As Christians, we too succumb to the fact that we tend to behave as what we choose and decide on what we believe life should be rather than how God views us.  We too look at temptations as relative to benefits and moral issues.  Some have higher standards than others.  And so there doesn't seem to be absolutes but an imposition of a general social acceptance of what such morals should be.  Hence, temptations are non-issues. 

GOD'S VIEW OF TEMPTATION


In the book of Genesis where it records the first sin thereby outlining the fall of mankind, it is the result of temptation by Satan.  Adam and Eve were tempted by the devil and they failed.  And the result of them succumbing to the temptation of the devil drove them out of the relationsip with God.

Take another look at that passage in Genesis 3.  In general, you will notice that this temptation has nothing to do with moral issues.  Temptation has to do with getting you into an opposing position with God.  Instead of being with God, temptation leads you to being against God.  As simple as that.  Nothing to do with morals.  It has to do with your relationship with God.

Let us take a quick look at that first temptation.

The tempter came to the woman and said, "Did God really say not to eat of every tree of the garden?  It is crazy.  God made these and they are all good."

The woman replied, "No, no, we can eat but there's this one tree God said not to eat it or touch it in case we die."

The tempter said, "How can it be?  You won't die.  You know why God doesn't want you to eat?  Because when you do, you will be like God.  God doesn't want you to be like Him.  So, eat it and you can be like God."

Well, the rest of it is history.  Both the man and woman ate the fruit and were cursed by God and driven out of the garden of Eden.  Effectively, they lost their position to be with God and is now against God.  That is the result that temptations are trying to achieve.

The tempter, Satan, brings us into view with temptation so that he can effectively take us into a position against God.  It has nothing to do with moral issues.  In fact, the devil will want us to do good and be morally responsible as long as our position is against God.  That's the essense of temptation.   And yielding to it will cause us to be against God.
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