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: If God does not lead us into temptation, who does?
Answer: Remember the evil one we learned about in a previous lesson? It is sometimes called the devil or Satan. In another lesson you will learn a new name for the evil one:
animal magnetism. No matter what the name, the evil one tries to use people, places, and things — the objects of material existence — as channels for its activities, or so it seems.
We need to be careful about what we allow to influence us. For instance, if a friend has tried to tempt you into shoplifting, you would not want to follow him or her. Unless you can
encourage your friend to do right, it is best to keep away from such bad influences. This is where prayer to God can help, by reminding us He is there to deliver us:
“Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.” (Ps. 71:4)
“My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not . . . walk not thou in the way with them.”
(Prov. 1:10, 15)
“He who refuses to be influenced by any but the divine Mind, commits his way to God, and rises
superior to suggestions from an evil source.” (Mis. 113:14-17)
“Love and Truth make free, but evil and error lead into captivity.” (S&H 227:19)
Our loyalty should be to God, who will always lead us into the right path.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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