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165. The Temptation of Adam

1. Man, dowered with free will, had to exercisethat free will in choosing or rejecting God. Had there been notrial, no temptation, man would have had a kind of mechanicalprogress from Paradise to heaven, and the greatest of his gifts,the gift that makes him most like to God in his being (that is,free will) would have been a vain and unused gift. Free humannature had to have a chance to choose freely, and this was given inthe temptation. There was no need for Adam to succumb to thetemptation. He had a perfect human nature, and he had supernaturalgrace and supernatural gifts. No creature could harm him or forcehis choice, against his will. That Adam sinned, that he chose toabuse freedom instead of using it, was his own fault.

2. The manner and order of the first man's temptationwere entirely suitable. The temptation was rounded and complete. Itappealed to the intellect and will; the appeal was made through thesenses; into the whole event of the temptation there entered one ofthe man's own species, the woman; one thing of the animalorder, the serpent; and one thing of the vegetal order, the treewith its fruit.

"This is the greatest wisdom -- to seek the kingdom of heaven through contempt of the world. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"Whom do you seek, friend, if you seek not God? Seek him, find him, cleave to him; bind your will to his with bands of steel and you will live always at peace in this life and in the next."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"A tree that is cultivated and guarded through the care of its owner produces its fruit at the expected time. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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