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Did God tempt us by dangling the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden?


Every day billions of people ask God to "Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil. And yet, the Bible says Eve WAS tempted by the fruit. We cannot blame the serpent, because in the garden; God put both the snake and the fruit. Also - we are mere mortals - and yet we do not believe the sins of the father and mother should fall on their children and all their children's children. However, God said that the stain of Adam and Eve would follow all of humanity (at least until the time of Jesus). What do you think?

 

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    Bill Russo (Billrrrr) 3 years ago

    I agree one hundred per cent. By the way, the supreme being (God) knew that they would eat the apple. Why even put it out there?


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    Bill Russo (Billrrrr) 4 years ago

    I agree that it was not a literal serpent. All of the Christian religion is based on parable and metaphor. In other words it is faith based, not fact based.


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    charlie (celafoe) 4 years ago

    good to see someone that understands this concept

    God bless you

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    Bill Russo (Billrrrr) 4 years ago

    Agreed. But as I commented to Dashingscorpio, it's somewhat depressing to think that 70 years ago when I was a baby, God knew my whole life until now and beyond. If it's already in His book, is it really free will?


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    Bill Russo (Billrrrr) 4 years ago

    Great comment Disappearinghead. I was trying to make a similar point when I said that every parent knows not to put temptation in front of children. They are going to fail. Perhaps God did it exactly for the reasons you mention.


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    Bill Russo (Billrrrr) 4 years ago

    Every parent knows not to put shiny things in front of children. They will always reach for them. Our Father certainly knew that: but he still put the fruit in the garden. All the scriptures and biblical quotes cannot change that fact. Just sayin'


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    Bill Russo (Billrrrr) 3 years ago

    Thanks for the insight. I have been contemplating these ideas for about 7 decades. As I am getting to the end of my life, I find I am much less fearful than when I was young and i am also now, less curious. I will know all the answers soon.

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    Bill Russo (Billrrrr) 4 years ago

    Knowing that God knows my whole life from first breath to last breath is a bit depressing. I always wondered what God would do if - at the last split second of his life, Hitler repented.


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    Bill Russo (Billrrrr) 4 years ago

    I think, as you noted, the bottom line is that God was responsible for the temptation and He knew that Eve would fail. He should not 'lead us into temptation."


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    Smrithi Manamohan 4 years ago

    I am a Hindu and we believe in karma.Your whole life is not charted out for you but the aspects that you cannot control like your gender, your birthplace etc. are what best suits you depending on your deeds in your past life if there was one.


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    charlie (celafoe) 4 years ago

    He will never tempt but will definately "Test"

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    Bill Russo (Billrrrr) 4 years ago

    Thanks for the very well presented comment.

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    Poon Poi Ming (WalterPoon) 3 years ago

    Freeway Flyer, based on your interpretation, how does Satan, the fall guy, fits in? Or are you saying there is no Satan?


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    Isa28 3 years ago

    I agree, belief in God is primary. I also believe that we face tests throughout our lives and how we deal with them takes us further down the path to God or not, depending on the choices we make.

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    Bill Russo (Billrrrr) 4 years ago

    Interesting take on the topic Cordelia Bay. At this stage of my life, the apple would not tempt me; but 30 years ago things were different. Age brings creases to the face, but smoothes over many of the brain wrinkles that trouble us in youth.

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    Bill Russo (Billrrrr) 3 years ago

    Like somebody else said, we can fail one or ten times, as long as we keep trying, we will be okay.

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    Bill Russo (Billrrrr) 3 years ago

    Good comment Lorirose. I think the bottom line is that Jesus is all about forgiveness and understanding. He knows how rough this life can be, what with poverty, ill fate, and sickness of heart & mind. He literally wrote the book on forgivenes

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    Bill Russo (Billrrrr) 3 years ago

    well said Laurie.

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    Bill Russo (Billrrrr) 4 years ago

    That's what I think too.

    That's what I think too.