What does Satan Actually Do?
the title is really the reverse of what I want to ask. Had a conversation tonight about how the devil tempts us.
Except my thought/question is this - where do the Scriptures ever explicitly state this?
Is it not, rather, the case that,
- Our own sinful nature is what is blamed when we are tempted (e.g. James 1)
- The devil then accuses us - ie tells us that grace/Jesus is not sufficient
- The devil also forments persecution of the believer (1Peter 5, much of Revelation).
Only once is there (it seems to me) a recorded instance of the devil tempting one of us (as opposed to Jesus) - the snake in the garden. Is that the only one? If so then why do we make such a big deal of the devil "tempting us"?
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