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The Why of Temptation – Part Two

by Norman P. Grubb

Desires Darkened by Sin

Our desires are now being directed downward into selfish ends. So the desires of which we are compounded are now in between the two. In the devil’s case, there is nothing between the two—they’re all going downwards. They have become channels for self ends. So you get covetousness, pride, envy, lust, in place of love, joy, and peace, gentleness, meekness, faith.

That same evil person infected our forefather, Adam. He was warned, “if you eat of that false tree you will know good and evil.” He was never meant to know evil. Evil was supposed to have been an unknown, undiscoverable thing. He was only meant to know good which meant that everything he had was to God. All powers and desires and delights of his being were in the service and worship of God and his brother beings. But he took of that false tree and so he entered into that false knowledge of which Satan is the progenitor, the evil use of desires, and all humanity entered right into that realm. So all our desires have been occupied in our lusts. We’ve been following selfishness, covetousness, vanity, pride, lust. We’ve become familiarized with that kingdom of darkness.

Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “Temptation”