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4 Temptations of Christ?

The following was found on GoogleGroups (a website that archives newsgroups), in a series of articles where a KJV-only supporter was willing to explain any "contradiction" in the KJV that people wanted to submit. It is a perfect example of the "explanations" some KJV-only supporters will use to defend the KJV-only position. In fact, the entire "series of explanations", makes for some entertaining reading.:


Subject:      KJV Contradictions 26
From:         jwillard44@aol.com (JWillard44)
Date:         1996/08/23
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Organization: America Online, Inc. (1-800-827-6364)
Reply-To:     jwillard44@aol.com (JWillard44)
Newsgroups:   christnet.bible




>      Matthew 4:5-8 (The devil took Jesus to the pinnacle  of 
> the temple, then to a high mountain.)
>      Luke  4:5-7  (The  devil  took Jesus  up  into  a  high 
> mountain, then to the pinnacle of the temple)
>  
> Which did he visit first? the Mountain or the temple?

     Note the following comparison of events

Matthew 4
  Place           Temptation          Answer
--------------  -----------------   ----------------------------
Wilderness      Stones to bread     Not live by bread alone
Temple pinnacle Cast thyself down   Thou shalt not tempt the Lord
Exceeding High  /Fall down and      /Get thee hence, 
  Mountain      \and worship        \Worship Lord thy God only
 ----------- devil leaves --------------------------

Luke 4
  Place           Temptation          Answer
--------------  -----------------   ----------------------------
Wilderness      Stone to bread      Not live by bread alone
An High Mtn.    Worship             /Get thee behind me,
                                    \Worship Lord thy God only
Temple pinnacle Cast thyself down   Thou shalt not tempt the Lord
 -- and when the devil had ended all temptation, devil leaves --

     The  two mountain temptations differ.  The Matthew version is  an 
exceeding  high mountain, the Luke version, an high mountain.  In  the 
Matthew  version, the temptation is to "fall down and worship me",  in 
Luke,  "worship  me".   In  Matthew,  Christ's  rebuke  includes   the 
admonition  "get  thee hence", and the devil leaves ("Then  the  devil 
leaveth  him").  In Luke, the admonition is "Get thee behind me,"  and 
there is yet another temptation.
     Their is a clue in Luke that more temptation follows the event on 
the temple pinnacle, for the Bible says "When the devil had ended  all 
temptation,"  not  "Then the devil leaveth him."  So the  sequence  of 
events is as follows:

  Place           Temptation          Answer
--------------  -----------------   ----------------------------
Wilderness      Stones to bread     Not live by bread alone
An High Mtn.    Worship             /Get thee behind me,
                                    \Worship Lord thy God only
Temple pinnacle Cast thyself down   Thou shalt not tempt the Lord
Exceeding High  /Fall down and      /Get thee hence, 
  Mountain      \and worship        \Worship Lord thy God only
 ----------- devil leaves --------------------------

     Now   as   is  true  with  most  passages  that  appear   to   be 
contradictory,  when you spend the time and effort to understand  what 
is really said, you find a great deal more information.  In this case, 
note the progression.

     1. stones to bread  -> Jesus not hungry
     2. Worship Satin    -> Jesus get kingdoms of the world
     3. Attempt Suicide  -> Messiahship recognized*
     4. Fall and worship -> Kingdoms of the world & the glory

     * Promise of protection was for Messiah

     Each  successive  temptation  promises a  greater  reward.   But, 
temptation 4 seems like a step backwards.  If, and I say if, because I 
don't think it can be proven, but, if the Exceeding high mountain is a 
spiritual  mountain (God's throne is spoken  of as a  mountain),  then 
Satan  transported Jesus to someplace in the Spiritual realm in  order 
to  tempt  Him.   If  he  can do that  to  Jesus  Christ  (with  God's 
permission),  imagine what power he has over the unsaved (again,  with 
God's  permission).   Perhaps, he might abduct some  of  them?   Think 
about it.


                  Joel in Ogden

"Move not the ancient landmarks" - Solomon

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