“And lead us not into temptation . . . ” – Q&A #4

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: How do we know for sure that God will deliver us from evil?

Answer: If you have hope and faith in the testimonies of those who have already proven God’s love and power, you can gain the courage to prove it for yourself. Then you will
understand and know that God can deliver us from evil.

What does the Bible record? Think of the stories of God rescuing Moses and the Children of Israel at the Red Sea (Exodus 14); delivering Daniel from the Lion’s den (Daniel 6); saving the Hebrew boys from the fiery furnace (Daniel 3); and David versus Goliath (1 Samuel 17).

“And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly
kingdom: to whom be
glory for ever and ever.” (II Tim. 4:18)

“The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.” (II Pet. 2:9)

Also recorded in the Bible are the healings of Jesus that demonstrated God’s power.
Mary Baker Eddy writes:

“Sickness, sin, and death, being inharmonious, do not originate in God nor belong to His
government. His law, rightly understood,
destroys them. Jesus furnished proofs of these statements.” (S&H 472:9)

Today, in Christian Science, we have testimonies from numerous people who have been healed through an understanding of God and His laws that deliver us.

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

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Temptation - #4

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