questions and answers: christianity tied in knots

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Q: Did Jesus experience temptation like other people?

A: Yes, he did. He experienced temptation like any other human being but he never sinned.

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin. (Hebrews 4:15)

Q: Does that mean he was tempted sexually?

A: He was tempted in every way.

But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Matthew 5:28)

Q: If he was tempted sexually, would he not have to want sex at some point? And if he wanted sex, did he not commit the thought-sin of Matthew 5:28? Or was he asexual and never actually wanted sex with anyone? Would it be fair if he had a low sex drive and could live without feeling sexual desire towards anyone?

A: He experienced temptation and he didn’t sin. He was tempted by the devil himself.

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (Matthew 4:1)

Q: So the god Spirit led the god Jesus to be tempted? Can gods be tempted?

God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone (James 1:13)

Conclusions

Jesus didn’t experience real temptation because you can’t be tempted sexually unless your body wants sex, and according to the Bible lust is sin.

OR

Jesus experienced real temptation because he had a normal human body that wanted sex, and therefore committed the thought crime of lust that he condemned.

OR

Jesus didn’t experience any temptation because the god God can’t be tempted.

 OR

Jesus isn’t one being with the god God because the god God can’t be tempted and Jesus can.

OR

The Bible doesn’t make any sense at all and this is just one small illustration of one small part that is patently absurd.

 

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