Thursday, March 10

Anyone have any suggestions about this?

Matthew 6:9 [NIV] “This, then, is how you should pray: " 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11Give us today our daily bread. 12Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.' 14For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Wait! The bolded part insinuates that God can lead us into temptation, right? Uh, I'm sorry... I didn't think God could do that. The "Devil" is the tempter.

I caught a website where this reilgious group states that God will tempt humans, and they used the preceeding scripture as an argument. I have no rebuttal. Taken at face value, it seems this scripture is implying that God can tempt. Stinkin' NIV! It always messes with me.

The New Living Translation reads completely differently.

Anyone have any help to impart?


sarah said...

I believe "lead us not into temptation" tells us that we are human and temptations will come. Jesus knew that. Jesus was tempted himself. We are tempted because we are imperfect. Something as simple as being tempted to choose business over family is a good example of being tempted. or choosing man rather than God. IT isn't neccessarily the evil one that tempt, it is just us wanting something perhaps we shouldn't want.

Sammie said...

Meg, it says "lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil" understanding, if you can call it that, lol, is that in praying in that manner, you're asking Heavenly Father to deliver don't want to be tempted, you're asking him to keep you from temptation. BUT, the Lord DOES allow us to be tempted. HE doesn't tempt us, he allows us to be tempted. Look at Job. He was the most faithful, and yet the Lord allowed Satan to tempt him and take everything from him, because Heavenly Father was so sure that Job would remain faithful. Does that help??