Temptation is the arousal toward a sin through the promise of some pleasure or product.

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

1 Corinthians 10: 13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
— New Testament

3 Temptations


Also referred to as "the lust of the flesh", hedonism is all temptation that is concerned with our feelings of pleasure. Whether in body or mind, hedonism calls us to do that which most pleases us or satisfies us, separating us from doing the will of God which is deferring to the well being of another.

It is the opposite of love, ethical treatment of others, purity, mercy, suffering, fortitude and courage. It is the sin of the heart.


Also known as "the pride of life", egoism tempts us to abandon obedience in search of personal might and success with no regard for God's kingdom or man's needs.

It is the opposite of faith, truth, obedience, humbleness, service, prudence and caution.  It is the sin of the mind.


Also referred to as "the lust of the eyes", materialism is the desire for wealth, money and status that rejects the need for God or the giving away of ones self. It never rests in Christ because it is insatiable in it's desire for more.

It is the opposite of hope, beauty, poverty, sufficiency, giving, temperance and self-control. It is the sin of the soul.