God does not cause us to be tempted.

Tuesday, 2/18/14
Today’s reading from the Letter from James opens the question as to whether or not God intervenes in the course of worldly events to make things happen. I may be a heretic for saying this, but I think today’s reading tells us God does not directly intervene. Let’s review what the reading says.

No one experiencing temptation should say, ‘I am being tempted by God’ for God is not subject to temptation to evil, and he himself tempts no one.

That tells us only that temptations do not come from God, it does not say he never intervenes.

The reading goes on to say that the temptations we might see as coming from God or from the devil actually come from our own nature. “Each person is tempted when lured by his own desire.”    

The reading then says that only “every perfect gift is from above.” From that, rightly or wrongly, I take it that all that comes from God are his graces.

I base my understanding of that on Paul’s words from Acts, 17:27-28 “He is not far from any of us, for in him we live and move and have our being.” God influences all of our acts much as the ocean influences all the activities of a fish that spends its life swimming around in it.

So, this passage from James has me thinking that God does not directly cause either good or bad things to happen to us, but he does help us to accept and deal with whatever happens. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Was not Jesus healing the deaf, the blind and the lame not a direct intervention? Are we to believe that he limited his direct interventions to the 3 years of his public ministry? Why would he limit himself to those three years?

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