Adam and Eve and Temptation Essay

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Kyle Dudzinski

Ms. Cecelia

AP English 12

20 December 2010

Temptation Temptation has been around since the conception of our Earth. All civilizations, including the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, the British, and even modern day individuals, have fallen victim to temptations that the world offers. John Owen described temptation as “a knife, that may either cut the meat or the throat of a man; it may be his food or his poison, his exercise or destruction.” A temptation is an act that appears enticing to an individual, but is usually coupled with damaging implications that may lead to feelings of regret and remorse. A person may fall victim to temptation when he lacks the self control to avoid enticing situations and is
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Temptation is also rabid in most high school settings. Sex, illegal drugs, alcohol, cheating, and tobacco are all temptations students are faced with on a daily basis. Teenagers must each make personal decisions to either refrain from immoral conduct or succumb to the temptations of peer pressure, usually with the hopes of being accepted. The temptations of potentially destructive decisions are immense. It takes a strong-willed individual to stand up against the majority and hold true to his values. Not bowing to temptation is a difficult task for any person, but especially for a high school student who is more worried about his own popularity and appearance and has yet to grow his moral fibers. The temptations that the youth of our modern culture experience are very appealing, but their consequences are more damaging than ever before. Temptation surrounds our lives. Daily, we make decisions to either surrender to it or to persevere against it. It takes courage, bravery, and discipline to withstand temptation. William Butler Yeats wrote that “Every conquering temptation represents a new found moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.” When an individual overcomes the temptation of participating in an immoral act, he grows as a person and becomes morally stronger. With the knowledge of the results of a bad decision, a person can learn
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