Sunday, March 25, 2012

God Was Tempted?




Was God really Tempted? There seems to be conflicting scripture passages, where in Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus is being described as being tempted in the wilderness by the devil while in James 1:13 it is stated that "God is not subject to temptation to evil." But do these passages really conflict with one another? In the scripture passage Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus, as God Incarnate, was tempted by the devil. In his humanity the God Incarnate was able to be tempted by the devil. But in His divine nature God is not able to be tempted by the devil, by evil. God sent Jesus, His Son, to be an example to all of humanity. In the wilderness Jesus is showing humans how to resist temptation and so no to the devil and all his wicked ways - all that is evil in the world.

Crossposted @ Catholibertarian 

3 comments:

Patrick Button said...

Well put. The fact that Christ could be tempted makes his Passion and even greater sacrifice.

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Marco said...

Patrick, excellent point. When trying to understand the nature(s) of Jesus., Hypostatic Union