"If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down from here" (Luke 4:9)

What does it mean to be beloved of God? Does it mean that one can jump off tall buildings and not be hurt? Does it mean that for a Christian, God is a divine safety-net who will enable his own to do stupid things without suffering negative consequences? Is the person who trusts in God exempt from the laws of nature and the vicissitudes of life that are the lot of all others? This is what the devil's temptation suggests. But God has broader concerns. He always considers how he can bless all mankind; not just do magic tricks for a few.

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