Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Temptations come in many forms. When we discussed temptations in a recent Bible Study (most of us are 60+), we could only think of food as our major tempter.

Kids today have many temptations like drugs, sex, gossip, etc..

Consider Daniel (from Book of Daniel in the Bible), he was a young man in his teens when he was uprooted from Israel. The king (Nebuchadnezzar) decided to groom Daniel & other royal captives as bureaucrats in Babylon. So he was given royal food to eat but being a loyal follower of his God, he was not supposed to eat food that had been used in sacrifices to the false gods. So he asked to eat vegetables and water instead of the meat & wine; he was allowed to do it for a short period to see if he was fit & he was.

But Daniel was a young man in a foreign country a captive; and the temptation to conform was great but he didn't. A object lesson for the rest of us!

“I deal with temptation by yielding to it” Mark Twain

“'Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.” William Shakespeare

“I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it” Mae West

How like herrings and onions our vices are in the morning after we have committed them. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Those who flee temptation generally leave a forwarding address. ~Lane Olinghouse

temptation (n) a desire to do something, esp. something wrong or unwise : he resisted the temptation to call Celia at the office | we almost gave in to temptation. • a thing or course of action that attracts or tempts someone : the temptations of life in New York. • ( the Temptation) the tempting of Jesus by the Devil (see Matt. 4). ORIGIN Middle English : from Old French temptacion, from Latin temptatio(n-), from temptare ‘handle, test, try.’

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