“And lead us not into temptation . . . ” – Q&A #3

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: Who, or what, is “the evil one”?

Answer: In the previous lesson, we read that the original translation of this line of the
Lord’s Prayer, was “deliver us from the evil one.” Who is this “evil one”? The Bible calls it Satan or devil. It is not a real person, an animal, or a thing. The Hebrew word for Satan means an
“adversary or opponent.” The word for devil means “slanderer.” As explained in Christian
Science, we see that the evil one, Satan, or devil, is simply a lie and a liar. There is no
substance to it at all.

It is important that we understand what this devil is, in addition to knowing what God is. Mary Baker Eddy explains:

“It is of infinite importance to man’s spiritual progress, and to his demonstration of Truth in casting out error, — sickness, sin, disease, and death, in all their forms, — that the terms and nature of
Deity and
devil be understood.” (Mis. 192:6)

In your study of the life and teachings of Jesus, you will see how he identified and handled the devil or Satan.

“Our Master, in his definition of Satan as a liar from the beginning, attested the absolute power- lessness — yea, nothingness — of evil: since a lie, being without foundation in fact, is merely a
spiritually, literally, it is nothing.”  (Mis. 108:6)

The Evil One is nothing! Think about what this means for our world.

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

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Temptation - #3


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