Please help me understand this:
In Genesis 22 God commands Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. The word used in most translations to describe this act of God is that God “tested.”
In James 1:13, we are told that God does not tempt anyone.
What’s going on here?
Is there a difference between “tempting” and “testing” that you can help me see? I found this (to me) lame attempt. This strikes me as just another of those “we are proving there are no contradictions by telling you there are no contradictions” lines of alleged argument that some Christians have actually made a living off of.
To distinguish between testing and tempting here seems really, really strained to me. Or is it only testing, not tempting, a man to sacrifice his son because it is God who makes the request?
Or maybe it is like this. If I were told to offer up my child as a sacrifice, I wouldn’t consider it a temptation because there would be not a bone in my body inclined to do so. Temptation, then, carries with it an assumption that “this is something that you would (or might) like to do though you know you ought not do.”
So when James writes that God does not tempt, as opposed to test (which Genesis 22 clearly indicates God does [or did]), could he mean that God does not nudge us, lure us, draw us toward things we know we ought not do but we have some urge to do anyway?
I look forward to your input.