I’m continuing to read through Puritan William Ames’s The Marrow of Theology, a little each day after my Bible reading. I appreciated his teaching concerning the character of the devil’s temptation of Adam and its continued character–
- The devil’s tempting is a fallacious or sophistical argument whereby, under the appearance of what is true and good, he tries to seduce into falsity and lead into evil.
- In this temptation, the good which he held out and pretended to promise was set forth as if it were the greatest of good things; the way to attain that good was pretended to be simple and easy; and that greatest of evils which hung over man’s head was hidden from him.
- The devil does the same in all the temptations by which he ensnares mankind.