“And lead us not into temptation . . . ” – Q&A #8

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: Is it possible to stop evil from tempting us?

Answer: There will always be some sort of temptation facing humans, until the time comes when all evil beliefs have been destroyed, or seen as illusion only. Some types of temptation can be difficult to detect without the help of Wisdom. But we can do much to silence the bad stuff that comes to our attention. Obedience to God’s commands is one step. Turning to Him in prayer is another. Calling forth moral courage in the face of sin, disease, and death is also necessary. And, we must be always on guard!

“To be delivered from believing in what is unreal, from fearing it, following it, or loving it, one must watch and pray that he enter not into temptation — even as one guards his door against the
of thieves.” (’01 14:19-23)

“When error confronts you, withhold not the rebuke or the explanation which destroys error. Never breathe an immoral atmosphere, unless in the attempt to purify it.” (S&H 452:12-15)

“Incorrect reasoning leads to practical error. The wrong thought should be arrested before it has a chance to manifest itself.” (S&H 452:4)

As Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying: “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” This is good advice for nations, but we can also consider it an individual reminder to be on the alert for
the many temptations of evil.

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

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Temptation - #8


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