“Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God,’ for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone” (James 1:13).

“In the beginning” saw not only the birth of creation but also the origin of placing blame. Adam blamed both God and Eve, while Eve sought to blame the serpent. We are part of a long, rich history of passing the buck. That God cannot be tempted by evil literally means he is “inexperienced in” such things. To be sure, the source of our temptation is to be found neither above us nor below us, but in front of us. It is the reflection we see in the mirror.

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