James 1:13-18 (KJV) “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: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”
Where does temptation come from? Some men say they that they are tempted of God; other men say they are tempted by Satan. Some men will say they are tempted by anything just so they do not have to look to themselves for the source of their temptation. Using simple deductive reasoning I will attempt to answer this question.
In verse thirteen James answers the question if man makes the statement that he is tempted by God it is a false hood. Since God cannot be tempted by evil, God would not use evil to tempt man. Therefore man cannot be tempted by God to do evil. So if temptation is not of God where do we look for the source of temptation?
At this point it would be very easy to use Flip Wilsons catch phrase “the devil made me do it”. Some are very quick to blame anyone else even the devil. We need only look at the beginning of the Bible to see the blame game already starting. Eve “the serpent made me do it”. Adam “God it is your fault you gave me the woman”. The truth is as Adam and eve listened to the serpent they began to lust for the knowledge they would gain by eating of the fruit. This lust turned into sin when they ate the fruit. Eating the fruit brought death into the world. This seems to easy an explanation, yet every day this same game is played out in most people’s lives.
So in completing the argument that God cannot tempt man, we as believers have found the true nature of God. A good and perfect being that is a pure and perfect light. Since we are truly his greatest work, being created to fellowship with God on a daily basis, remembering the closer we walk with God the further we walk from temptation.