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“We have had the strange experience of a churchless Sabbath – what has it taught us?
We have been brought to a point of decision as to whether we shall follow the laws of sanitation and segregation [“social distancing”], as suggested by our board of health or disregard all natural laws of disease and health and tempt God to perform a miracle in the preservation of our health.
When Satan tempted our Savior to leap from the temple/quoting to Him the promise of God to “bear him up” … He declined to needlessly exploit God’s power…
Intelligent Christianity seeks to discover all of God’s natural laws of disease and health and all the remedies deposited in nature for our relief, and it is the duty of every intelligent follower of Jesus Christ to both observe these laws and to teach others to observe them. For Christians to essay the task of exploiting faith by leaping from “pinnacles of temples”, turning “stones into bread”, handling poisonous serpents and exposing ones-self to death producing germs is inconsistent – both with the teaching and example of our Lord.
Christians do not discount their faith in the omnipotence of their God by keeping their bodies and homes and streets clean and no germ producing; by using care in traffic and travel, accepting vaccination, sprays, and disinfectants and keeping God’s own laws of health and life. Any other course is the fruit of ignorance and false teaching…”
See image of the entire article after the artwork “The Temptation of Christ”.
“Mark does not provide details, but in Matthew and Luke “the tempter” (Greek: ὁ πειραζων, ho peirazōn) or “the devil” (Greek: ὁ διαβολος, ho diabolos) tempts Jesus to:
Make bread out of stones to relieve his own hunger
Jump from a pinnacle and rely on angels to break his fall. The narrative of both Luke and Matthew have Satan quote Psalm 91:11–12 to indicate that God had promised this assistance.
Worship Satan in return for all the kingdoms of the world“. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temptation_of_Christ
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Luke 4:1-13 King James Version (KJV)
“4 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.
3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.
4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:
10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:
11 And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.”
King James Version (KJV)