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Is temptation the same as desire

Adam2
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3/20/2014 7:44:53 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
I don't think so. As a Christian, I believe temptation and desire aren't same. Because having a bad desire is sin already. As we all know, Jesus was tempted, but he did not sin. So temptation can't be the same as desire. Temptation is more evil persuasion.
Skepsikyma
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3/20/2014 7:52:56 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
They cannot be the same thing because they mean different things. With temptation, the subject is affected by the object, while with desire the object is affected by the subject. For example, if I tempt you, you are the one being affected by me. If I desire you, I am being affected by you.
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Juris
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3/22/2014 8:21:49 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 3/20/2014 7:44:53 PM, Adam2 wrote:
I don't think so. As a Christian, I believe temptation and desire aren't same. Because having a bad desire is sin already. As we all know, Jesus was tempted, but he did not sin. So temptation can't be the same as desire. Temptation is more evil persuasion.

As an atheist, temptation and desire don't have real meanings, it depends on the context you use them. Further, Jesus is nothing but an ordinary man.
R0b1Billion
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3/22/2014 10:09:19 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 3/22/2014 8:21:49 AM, Juris wrote:

Jesus is nothing but an ordinary man.

Then how do explain how he could shoot lasers from his eyes?
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Juris
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3/22/2014 7:21:27 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 3/22/2014 10:09:19 AM, R0b1Billion wrote:
At 3/22/2014 8:21:49 AM, Juris wrote:

Jesus is nothing but an ordinary man.

Then how do explain how he could shoot lasers from his eyes?

Oh. LOL! He is cyclops