Jesus Tempted with Lust

Jesus and children - engraving by Lepold Flumeng from early in 20. cent.Before I begin, I want to clarify that the RAMP Solution to porn addiction is not religious based meaning that the RAMP Solution does not cure porn addiction with prayer or scripture study. The RAMP Solution teaches how the brain became addicted and then gives effective strategies and activities to help heal the brain and thereby cure the addiction.

However, it cannot be ignored that those who are religious will most likely have a higher propensity for porn addiction (read: Religion’s Duality: How it Causes and Cures Porn Addiction). For those that are religious I give you this topic to consider: Jesus felt lust and was tempted to misuse lust.

Now there is no scripture to validate the statement that Jesus experienced lust but I give you these scriptures to consider:

St. Luke Chapter 4:2-7, 13

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.

13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.

I’ve never fasted for 40 days so I would not know how hungry that would make someone. However, I have been without food for a few days. And after about the second or third day the body stops craving food. As long as you keep drinking water the body will begin to slow the metabolism.

If Satan was willing to use bread as a temptation, it would seem that lust would be a temptation that Satan would use to tempt Jesus. It might have been included in the glory of the kingdoms of the world, or when Satan returned to Jesus after a season. But I am convinced that at some point in time Jesus was tempted with lust.

The desire for food is a basic one and one that can make one grumpy and irritable (Read: Triggers and the Acronym TROUBLED), but I would definitely not call it a desire that defines me or causes significant changes in behavior. A more defining desire is the desire to be intimate with a woman. The desire of lust is much more defining and can cause great changes in my behavior. Lust, when properly used, is good. It is a defining feature of manhood (Read: Sexual Desire: essential to an Enjoyable Life). If Jesus felt hunger which is a very basic and animalistic desire, how much greater and important is the desire of lust? Jesus begin “the son of man” must have felt such a defining desire as lust.

When I first thought this, I wondered if it was blasphemy to think that Jesus felt the desire of sexual intimacy. But as my understanding of how defining lust is for men, I don’t think this is contradictory to perfection. The desire for sexual intimacy is not a sin or a curse but a blessing. When this desire is used correctly it can be a source of great power and a source of revelation. It gets us out the door and challenges us to become greater. It can pick us up and challenge us to try again. It builds us and turns us from boy to man.

From the perspective of Satan, what would be more debilitating to man than to take away his desire for true intimacy? What would be better than to have men hate their desire for sex, if you desire the destruction of man? Porn is the perfect destroyer of lust. When you are caught up with porn it takes your confidence away. Porn twists lust from a blessing to a curse (Read: Man Wants to Divorce Wife so He Can Watch Porn). Good Shepherd - old lithography

If you think it is blasphemy to think that Jesus felt lust. I would challenge you to reconsider what lust truly is or can be. I know from my own experience being raised in a somewhat religious household, that there was a negative connotation to lust and sexual desire. This was done in a way to protect me from the dangers of unbridled lust or the misuse of lust. However, the execution and the results were negative. Sexual desire cannot be damned up; it must be focused and guided. To try and ignore it or to try and stop it completely will result in failure. Focusing it and harnessing it is the solution.

If you are currently caught up in pornography, I would say you most likely have a negative connotation to lust. On your journey to healing your mind, you will need to change your attitude towards sexual desires. When you are healed from your addiction there will inevitably be times when you stumble across pornography by accident. With a heal mind that lacks the addiction you will be able to recognize the beauty of pornography but will not view it. Instead you will be able to reshape and refocus the desire to view pornography with activities that make you greater to your Modifying Behaviors. The desire to view pornography will be recognized as a desire that can be reshaped and refocused to your benefit.

In closing, please don’t think that the RAMP Solution is based in religion. It is not. You do not have to be religious to use its solution to porn addiction. The brief mention of religious topics is not meant to offend or exclude people from the RAMP Solution. However, it would be short sited not to bring the topic up as many of those who do get caught up with porn will do so from a religious context. Religion often tries to scare people from porn and this tactic can actually draw the curiosity of the religious.

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Comments

  1. One can understand that Jesus knew what sexual desire is from the command of his to tear off an eye or hand if it tempts one. Also, he said that anyone who looks at a woman with desire (lust) has also comitted sin (adultery); I believe this is true for wives of other men, not the wife of one’s own. Yet, Jesus might have had a sort of intimacy with Mary, the one that oiled his feet (and elsewhere called a sinful woman; she wasn’t, she was Lazarus’ sister). Mary was the first to see him alive after his death.

    • Very insightful comment. Thank you!

      It would clarify the virtues of sexual attraction if we knew more details of the relationship between Mary and Jesus. Unfortunately, they are unknown at this current time. However, overcoming porn/masturbation can help lead one to see the virtues of sexual attraction and it’s role in creating life and creating long lasting relationships. Sexual desire is a very powerful emotion that can cause one to overcome obstacles that would otherwise be impossible to overcome.

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