Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ruuuuunnnnnnn (run)!!!!! from your problems, as fast as you Can - Temptation Part 1

One of the hardest parts of being a Christian for me, is dealing with the amazing amount of Temptation I see around me everyday.

When we were being trained in EE, we were taught that a good definition for sin was doing something that God forbade, or by our inaction allowing something to be done or go undone that God forbade.

Since I am a science fiction freak, I immediately turned that into something I already knew, the "3 Laws of Robotics" from Issac Asimov. Just to make sure you know, this is my memory tool. The source for what is sin, and what is not, is always the bible.

1 John 3:4 (KJV) "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."

1) You may not violate God's law, or, through inaction, allow a God's law to be violated.

2) You must obey any orders given to you by God.

3) You must use your own judgement when you can't use the first two laws.

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So, what is temptation in light of the three laws? 

The word temptation in the KJV of the new testament is used 15 times, and it is always the same Greek word.  What does it mean in Greek?  "A putting to proof (by experiment [of good], experience [of evil], solicitation, discipline or provocation); by implication adversity." - Strong's Concordance

In other words, temptation is either a test (from God), an experience of Evil (Satan), or a life moment that requires self control, by implication a moment of adversity, just because we live in the world.  God, Satan or life.  That's temptation.

The bible mentions many ways to avoid temptation.  This article is 1 part of my research into how to avoid and survive the second type of temptation; an experience of evil.

Let me give you an example that I have always misunderstood until I read the verse I am about to quote.  An acquaintance of mine once told us that Hampton Beach in NH should be closed.  Why, you ask.  Because women wear wearing bathing suits (if you are generous in definitions of what a bathing suit is) that caused him to be tempted (by adultery or lust - not things God would throw at you), and since it was tempting him, it must be evil.

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My thought about that for over 10 years was, "don't go there. Your issues are not everyone else's issues." Turns out, I was right, kinda. The bible verse that tells us how to deal with this type of situation is: 1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV) - "No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it."

 Escape is defined, by as "to slip or get away, as from confinement or restraint; gain or regain liberty: to escape from jail."

Think escape from jail.  How would you do that?  RUUUUNNNNNN.  Run fast, run far, but above all run away.  Don't hang with people who are asking you to sin. Don't stay at a beach that makes you want to break the law. Don't remain where you are in danger.  Escape.  Run.



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