This stanza of the Lord’s Prayer recorded in Matthew 6:9-13, , “Lead us not into temptation,” does not go well with the Pope, the verbiage is set to be changed by the Vatican under the direction of Pope Francis in order to clarify that God does not, in fact, tempt people.
The Daily Express reported that, experts have been studying the biblical text for 16 years and recently concluded, “from a theological, pastoral and stylistic viewpoint,” the centuries-old wording used in English translations of the Bible is incorrect.
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Rather than translating the line as, “Lead us not into temptation,” the researchers found, the passage should read, “Abandon us not when in temptation.”
The pontiff argued that the wording is “not a good translation” which birthed the shift in language one year after.
“A father doesn’t do that, a father helps you to get up immediately,” Francis said of the line in question. “It’s Satan who leads us into temptation, that’s his department.”
To be sincere many believer have been having difficulty in understanding the actual meaning of this phase in the Lord’s Prayer.
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According CBN, the late theologian Charles Spurgeon explained during a sermon in 1863 that the word “temptation” in the New Testament passage actually holds two meanings, both the actual temptation toward sin and the facing of trials.
While Spurgeon made clear God does not tempt us, he does make the case God will often send us into trials and situations in which temptation toward sin is all but guaranteed.
“God tempts no man,” Spurgeon said. “For God to tempt in the sense of enticing to sin [is] inconsistent with his nature, and altogether contrary to his known character; but for God to lead us into those conflicts with evil which we call temptations, is not only possible but usual.”
The 19th century preacher went on to say God will lead us “to battlefields where we must face the full array of evil, and conquer through the blood of the Lamb; and this leading into temptation is by divine grace overruled for our good, since by being tempted we grow strong in grace and patience.”
For example, Jesus himself endured the kind of circumstances referenced in the Lord’s Prayer. In Matthew 4:1, the Son of God was “led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” The “Spirit” in the passage was referring to one part of the triune God — the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
It’s obvious the Holy Spirit wasn’t tempting Jesus because to do so would be to abandon the triune God’s immovable nature. But in that space — “the wilderness” — Satan was responsible for tempting Jesus.