“And lead us not into temptation . . .” – Q&A #2

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death.

Question: What is meant by “evil”?

Answer: Mary Baker Eddy spiritually interprets evil as “sin, disease, and death.”  We may not desire to be sick, or to die, yet these are temptations of evil. We must see them as false beliefs of mortal mind that need to be resisted in our thinking.

Although many people feel more comfortable in prayer simply thinking about how God is good, Jesus is showing us with this line of the Lord’s Prayer that we must also pay attention to what evil is trying to do, and how it operates:

“Jesus’ definition of devil (evil) explains evil. It shows that evil is both liar and lie, a delusion and
illusion . . . the
illusive claim that God is not supreme.”  (Pan. 5:18-19; 6:5-6)

“In the phrase, ‘Deliver us from evil,’ the original properly reads, ‘Deliver us from the evil one.’ This reading strengthens our scientific apprehension of the petition, for Christian Science teaches us that ‘the evil one,’ or one evil, is but another name for the first lie and all liars.” (S&H 16:15)

Liar.” So that is the name of evil! But evil uses its lies to tempt us into believing that its
suggestions are reality. That is how it operates. What do we do? We let God lead us away from temptation. Mrs. Eddy promises us that “He will deliver us from temptation and show us the powerlessness of evil, — even its utter nothingness.” (Mis. 114:28)

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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