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Adventure of Faith

by Norman P. Grubb


There arises that constant question of our formerly sin—conscious selves. What about sin and temptation? This is where the revelation of no human nature but only the two Deity natures (we having been formerly Satan—I but now Christ—I) answers our ques¬tions.

The key is that temptation becomes asset instead of liability, just as James leads off his most practical of letters by saying, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations (trials is the same word)” How can that be? Be¬cause we are now loosed from that former suspicion that temptation is sin, and that therefore my response to it are sin. Both are false. The temptation question is plainly settled by the invaluable letter to the Hebrews where we see Jesus in His full human nature, particularly in chapters two through four with the one outstanding word in Hebrews 4:15, “Jesus . . . the Son of God . . tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin”. Perfect Jesus, perfectly tempted - Sinless.

Thus temptation is a necessary part of human living. The reason is obvious; we live in a world which is shot through with every form of self-sin solicitation, as we have said, so that in our mortal bodies we remain in contact with our fellow humans as light in a dark world, for we meet the same flesh-world assaults as all do, but we know how to turn them into assets and can show the way to others.

The vital difference is found in our new-mind consciousness. We used to mistake temptation for sin and were also suspicious of apparent sinful tendencies in the flesh. We rapidly took condemnation with every “drawing” of temptation on us – James 1:14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.

Actually, the “lusts” are just normal strong desires (the correct meaning of that ‘epithumia’ word in the Greek) by which the Universe, on all levels, surges forward all the way from Einstein’s equation which proves that all mass is really energy (E=mc˛), right up to the love-drives of personhood in God and man.

So temptation is merely by whatever form our human desires of mind and body are excited to respond (by the drawings of the deity spirit) through our flesh (depending on which spirit). The philosopher Spencer rightly said, “Life is response to environment”. We say, “which environment?”

Simple as This