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Manipulation is temptation

Tempting is morally wrong because it is morally wrong to try to cause TE
[the person tempted] to do what is morally, or prudentially, or aesthetically,
or legally, wrong.

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Jesus was tempted three times. The temptations were hedonism (hunger/satisfaction), egoism (spectacular throw/might) and materialism (kingdoms/wealth). Temptation is a desire to engage in short-term urges for enjoyment that threatens long-term goals. Temptation also describes the coaxing or inducing a person into committing such an act, by manipulation or otherwise of curiosity, desire or fear of loss something important to a person. Desire means wanting a flashy car, or a juicy steak. Will is the strength and condition you have to start something and follow it through, to take action. It’s fitting that another word “willpower” has “will” in it, because in a way it’s the strength in you to carry out your actions, is that deceive is to trick or mislead while tempt is to provoke someone to do wrong, especially by promising a reward; to entice. As recounted in the Gospel of Matthew, Satan tempts Jesus as he is fasting – he invites him. The devil specifically asks him to turn stones into bread. He also dares Jesus to throw himself down from a temple while calling angels to the rescue.

How does the Bible define temptation? Temptation in the Biblical sense is a situation in which one experiences a challenge to choose between fidelity and infidelity to one’s obligations toward God. … God is never unfaithful to His own word. Man, however, by being seduced or deceived, trusts creatures, thereby testing God’s patience.

Temptation can be a serious issue when its long-term consequences lead to loss of job, home, health, livelihood, or relationship. If you experience a strong desire to act in a way you know isn’t good for your health or well-being and struggle with these feelings, talking with a mental health professional can help.

What does it mean to resist temptation? If you resist doing something, or resist the temptation to do it, you stop yourself from doing it although you would like to do it.

A Contemporary Account of Temptation

Day’s account is a good starting place for reflection on the nature and moral
significance of temptation because it is one of the few recent philosophical
efforts to make sense of temptation. Moreover, as Day rightly notes, temptation
is an important but neglected phenomenon in Christianity and Anglo-American
criminal law, the two domains with which he is mainly concerned.4
Day’s conception of temptation implies that to tempt involves intentionally
engaging a person’s desire for that which is in some sense wrong. Though he
concedes that tempting may be unintentional, and gives an example of a
beautiful woman unconsciously and unintentionally tempting her husband’s
best friend to commit adultery with her, Day insists that temptations are usually
conscious and intended. In keeping with his focus on the active dimension of
the core moral meaning of the term, Day thus defines “temptation” from the
standpoint of one person tempting another: “a tempter (TR) tempts a temptee
(TE) by offering (TE) something which (TR believes) will please (TE).”5
Furthermore, temptation requires that the subject desire that which he thinks
is in some sense wrong. Temptation thus occurs when a tempter engages a
temptee’s wrongful desire in circumstances in which the temptee’s resistance
is weakened. Moreover,
Tempting is morally wrong because it is morally wrong to try to cause TE
[the person tempted] to do what is morally, or prudentially, or aesthetically,
or legally, wrong.6
Thus, tempting and being tempted are always immoral, since trying to cause
someone else to do that which is in some way wrong is immoral, as is desiring
to do it. Day claims, too, that “tempt,” like “provoke,” is a success-verb,
implying that the subject did that which he was tempted to do. As he puts it:
“All degrees of provocation cause PE [the person provoked] to do X, just as
all degrees of temptation cause TE [the person tempted] to do X.”7
Finally,
Day claims that because all temptations are immoral, they must be disguised
as offers.8
On this view tempting involves deliberately exploiting the wrongful
desires of a person in a weakened state to resist them; tempting and being
tempted are always immoral; “tempt” is a success-verb, implying that the
TEMPTATION AND THE MANIPULATION OF DESIRE 373
subject did that which he was tempted to do; and temptations are disguised
offers. The following is a paradigm of temptation on this view.
Frank is a recovering alcoholic actively involved in a rehabilitation program.
He has gone without a drink for five months and is gaining confidence in his
ability to control his desire for alcohol. Frank is nevertheless aware of his
vulnerability and generally avoids situations in which alcohol is present. At an
office party for a retiring colleague and close friend, a co-worker who knows
of Frank’s condition encourages him to have a drink in honor of his departing
friend, suggesting that “One drink for your friend’s sake isn’t going to hurt,”
and “Just have one to celebrate.” Frank thinks his co-worker’s proposal is
reasonable and is tempted to have a drink.
This example illustrates Day’s conception of temptation, as Frank’s
imprudent desire for alcohol is deliberately exploited by his co-worker in
circumstances where Frank’s resistance might reasonably be expected to be
weaker than usual. Such manipulation is certainly morally dubious, and the
co-worker’s use of language to minimize the danger inherent in the situation
effectively masks the temptation as an innocuous offer to have a drink.
Furthermore, Frank is morally at fault for being tempted, which on Day’s view
means he is morally blameworthy for yielding to the temptation to have a drink.
Because of its emphasis on the intentional, conscious activity of a tempter in
interpersonal temptation, we may refer to Day’s conception as the manipulation
theory of temptation.

Inadequacies of the Manipulation Theory

Though the manipulation theory of temptation is in some respects plausible,
it is largely a description of one side of a relational phenomenon. Put simply,
there can be no tempting if there are no temptees, and there can be no temptees
if people have no wrongful or unruly desires.

Is temptation necessarily immoral? Day’s manipulation theory asserts that
“both tempting and being tempted are always morally wrong,” and thus that
when a tempter tempts someone he acts immorally, since he manipulates
another person’s desire for that which is wrong.11 This is plausible in standard
cases of deliberate interpersonal tempting, but the notion that a tempter
deliberately tempting someone to commit non-moral wrongs is immoral and
the idea that the person tempted is immoral for desiring that which is nonmorally wrong are dubious propositions.


On the manipulation theory, the immorality of tempting and being tempted
should be clearly distinguished from the wrongness of the object of temptation,
for the object may be merely legally, prudentially, or aesthetically wrong. As
Day says:

One must distinguish yielding to temptation, which is always morally
wrong, from the wrongness of that which TE [the person tempted] is
tempted to do, which must be wrong in some way (e.g. prudentially, or
legally, or aesthetically), but need not be wrong morally.12

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Avarice is a more formal than greed. It suggests a desire to accumulate more and more wealth; and also to hold on to what one has accumulated, hence also suggesting miserliness. It is almost always associated with money and possessions and is not used for food.

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Greed (Latin: avaritia), also known as avarice, cupidity, or covetousness, is, like lust and gluttony, a sin of desire. … As defined outside Christian writings, greed is an inordinate desire to acquire or possess more than one needs, especially with respect to material wealth. It is cruel and morally wrong to tempt, to manipulate desire for personal gain or avarice. 

Difference between Seduction and Manipulation

Key Difference:  Manipulation uses a tactful and artful approach to influence a person. It takes advantage of the stereotyped or natural way of thinking. On the other hand, seduction influences a person by generating temptations which are usually based on false promises. Both are generally considered to be deceitful acts.

Seduction and manipulation also falls in the category of an influential behavior. Manipulation involves the parties which are conscious of the matter involved. It makes use of the encoded schemes which are present in the human naturally. The mindset is almost fixed in dealing with matters of day to day life, and manipulation takes advantage of this scenario. It is a type of cheating as the manipulator always hides his or her true intentions.

An example of manipulation is when a child asks her mother to take him to an amusement park. The child is aware that mother has no time for taking him to an amusement park. When mother says no then the child offers that he will go out with friends in that case. Mother gets manipulated and gives him the permission to go out with friends. Some of the manipulation techniques include free sample technique,door in the face, etc.

An example of seduction would be a person who does not believe in fate or luck but still buys lottery tickets after watching the tempting advertisement.Usually, both seduction and manipulation try to wrongfully take advantage of the target. However, manipulation is tightly associated with the cultural programming of the individual or prior encoding.  Manipulation is regarded as to be the most unethical form of communication.

Thus, seduction and manipulation both are effective methods of communication intended to influence the other person. They are mainly different in the approaches used by them to get the similar results.

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Temptation and the manipulation of desire.

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