“And lead us not into temptation . . . ” – Q&A #5

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 can God deliver us, if we cannot see Him to follow Him?

Answer: Because God is Spirit, we cannot see Him with our material eyes, or hear him with our ears. But that does not mean we cannot “see” or “hear” Him with our spiritual senses. God communicates through His angel messages.

Also, there have been people we could see who have brought God’s messages to us in
tangible form: the Prophets and writers of the Bible, Christ Jesus, and Mary Baker Eddy,
for example. We can follow God by obeying their messages.

“And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known.” (Isa. 42:16)

“Follow the directions of God as simplified in Christian Science, and though it be through deserts He will direct you into the paths of peace.” (My. 361:1)

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Ps. 119:105)

“Spirit imparts the understanding which uplifts consciousness and leads into all truth.”
(S&H 505:16-17)

“God is the fountain of light, and He illumines one’s way when one is obedient. . . . Be sure that God directs your way; then, hasten to follow under every circumstance.” (Mis. 117:27)

As we see from the above citations, God is able to lead us from temptation.

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

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Temptation - #5


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