103. Can God be tempted?
God can't be tempted.
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. James 1:13
God can be tempted.
One of God's commandments is "Don't tempt God." This commandment wouldn't be necessary if it is impossible
to tempt God.
Ye shall not tempt the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 6:16
When the people complained about the lack of water, Moses accused them of tempting God.
Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we
may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye
tempt the LORD? Exodus 17:2
Malachi says that people who do wicked things tempt God.
They that work wickedness ... tempt God. Malachi 3:15
Jesus quoted the commandment "Don't tempt God" when he argued with Satan.
Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Matthew 4:7,
Peter accused those that require Gentiles to be circumcised of tempting God.
Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the
neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to
bear? Acts 15:10
And Judith warns the leaders not to tempt God.
Who are you that tempt the Lord? Judith 8:11
And Jesus (whom many Christians believe is God) was tempted.
Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
Jesus ... Being forty days tempted of the devil. Luke 4:1-2
Jesus ... was in all points tempted like as we are. Hebrews 4:14-15
- Christian Responses
- Answers in Genesis
- See also:
- Is it OK to test (or tempt) God?
- Has God ever tempted anyone?
- Is Jesus God?