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Quote from: St. James
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
God does not predispose us to evil, but we can predispose ourselves by habits that indulge and deceive ourselves. Thus our fall is called "sin," amartia, a grave and guilty strategic error on our part. God is from whom we part by such habits and to whom we can return, always, and the return can be miraculously quick by his loving power. And throughout our experiences he regards us with favor and even delight (harisma, "grace"). He "alone loves mankind" (certainly we do not properly love ourselves and each other). And he will save us -- there is nothing stronger than his intention to do this.