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Did Satan tempt Christ only after he fasted forty days?

Apparent Conflict

Ellen White:

No
"Forty days He was tempted of Satan" (Early Writings p.155).

Bible:

Yes
"After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry" (Matthew 4:2 NIV). "The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread" (Matthew 4:3 NIV).

Solution

Luke 4:2,3 reads: "Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread."

This “No” creates a conflict within the Bible itself. Indeed, most every criticism raised against the writings of Ellen White has a parallel in the Bible.

The solution is simple: Jesus was tempted during the entire 40 days. However, some Bible writers chose to focus on the events that transpired at the end of His fast, probably because they seemed most important for the point they wanted to make.

Principles Employed

2 and 3: Reading more widely helped us to see the bigger picture which poses no contradiction at all.

 

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