Lead Us Not Into Temptation : What Does It Mean? Essay

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Lead Us Not Into Temptation - What Does it Mean? By Mason Barge | Submitted On June 27, 2010 Recommend Article Article Comments Print Article Share this article on Facebook 2 Share this article on Twitter Share this article on Google+ Share this article on Linkedin Share this article on StumbleUpon Share this article on Delicious Share this article on Digg Share this article on Reddit Share this article on Pinterest The phrase "lead us not into temptation" is familiar to most Christians. It is from the Lord 's Prayer, a prayer given to us by Jesus (Matthew 6:13). But it causes a lot of problems for people trying to understand it. Does God lead us into temptation, and, if He does, who are we to tell Him what to do? The most popular opinion is that the Greek (which has three, rather than two, degrees of active/passive voice) suffered from a misinterpretation of the Aramaic, and that what Christ said actually meant "do not let us be led into temptation". There are direct Biblical contradictions in the idea that God might lead us to temptation. For example, St. James wrote: "When tempted, no one should say, 'God is tempting me. ' For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone" (James 1:13). St. Augustine himself re-translated the passage, "Suffer [permit] us not to be brought into temptation". If this interpretation makes sense to you or helps you in your prayer, by all means adopt it. So the most popular interpretation is that the English version of the

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