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Temptation: Why does God Allow it?

December 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare, Temptation

Father Fortea, why does God allow temptation?

for post on temptationIf God does not want us to sin, why does He allow temptation at all? We have the answer in the verse that says, “Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness” (Jas 1:2).

Without temptation, there would be no opportunity for us to grow in virtue every time we successfully resist the allure of sin and remain faithful to God’s will. It is true that God could restrain the demons so that they would be unable to interfere in the history of humanity, but He allows their diabolical work so that it can be an occasion of virtue for us. In other words, we could say that God permits a certain amount of darkness in this world (temptation and sin) so that a purer and brighter light (virtue and salvation) can be gained. So God allows temptation because He knows that much good can come from it if we resist.



Editor’s Note:  To learn more about spiritual warfare and demonology, Catholic Spiritual Direction recommends Fr. Fortea’s excellent book, Interview With An Exorcist – An Insider’s Look at the Devil, Demonic Possession, and the Path to Deliverance.


Art why God allows temptation: Frontispiz zu: Blicke in die Traum und Geisterwelt. Erzählungen und Thatsachen von der Nachtseite der Natur, über Träume, Ahnungen, Vampyre und das Gespenst des Alpes (Frontispiece to: eyes in the dream and spirit world. Stories and facts from the night side of nature, about dreams, premonitions, Vampyre and the specter of the Alps), Friedrich Voigt, 1854, PD-US author's life plus 100 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.

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About Fr. Jose Antonio Fortea

Father José Antonio Fortea is not only an exorcist, but also a writer, and parish priest. He once thought he would lead what he has termed ordinary life as an attorney in Madrid, much as his father did before him, but sensed instead a vocation to the priesthood in his adolescent years. A theology graduate of Navarre University in Spain, Father Fortea wrote a thesis there on exorcism. He has been a practicing exorcist for several decades.

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  • patricia

    Temptation are sometimes hard to battle and especially the ones that you think are virtues too. Temptations are best conquered by confessing them and once in awhile asking for a blessing from your spiritual director and or friend or someone to pray to help you battle the temptation. I know sometimes my own prayers are not good enough to fight off temptations. I need Gods sanctifying grace and people that God has put into my life to help me through the spiritual battle as well as intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the angels and saints and prayers from the souls in purgatory and souls of the living. We are never alone when faced temptation our faith has to help us move fast and run towards the grace love and mercy of Almighty God.

    Merry Christmas!!!

  • Recently, at Christmas Vigil Mass, I found myself battling a lot of temptations. It was so hard to pray. I could barely tell where the temptation ended and my sin began. I really felt overwhelmed and lost. I prayed for help but my prayers were dry and felt tempted to doubt God because of their dryness. But that night God told me that a cup needs to be emptied before it can be filled. And sure enough, the next day, God was so very good to me. Thank you Lord! Happy 2013th Birthday!
    Merry Christmas!

  • tom

    Humanly speaking, is it possible to have righteousness without a contrary choice? Is this part of what you are saying? Thank you!

  • Paul Steward

    I went to vigil mass without my family alone and I feel aweful becoz some of my friends bring their family slong eith them. This is becoz my wife and my children busy preparing Christmas at the same time.

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