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Can We Tempt God?

Can we tempt God to do evil?

It may sound strange but we do sometimes try to influence God to fulfill our personal desires. We do this by trying to bargain with God or make a vow with Him.

For example, we sometimes say to God, “Lord, if you give me this car I will serve you for the rest of my life.”

In other words, our faithfulness to God depends on the material possessions that He gives us.

Satan tries to encourage Jesus to jump off the pinnacle of the temple because God would send angels to catch Him before He fell to His death.

The devil’s plan was to entice Jesus to submit to His authority so that He would fall into sin similar to Adam and Eve. However, the devil failed because God cannot be tempted of evil.

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.  (James 1:13)

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