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How do we know God isn't tempting us?

Submitted: 10/6/2007
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Question: James says God cannot be tempted nor does he tempt. How do we differentiate the tests and trials or life which increase our faith and perfect us from being tempted by God?

Answer: God does not tempt anyone, but he does allow our adversary, the devil, to bring temptation our way. God then stands ready to provide us with a way out of the temptation (see 1 Corinthians 10:13). The Bible specifically states that God does not tempt anyone and that Satan is 'the tempter' (see 1 Thessalonians 3:5).