“And lead us not into temptation . . . ” – Q&A #14

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 there a connection between the temptations of death and sin?

Answer: Mary Baker Eddy does make that connection in numerous places in her writings. She speaks of “those dead in trespasses and sins, satisfied with the  flesh, resting on the basis of matter.”  (S&H 316:29-31).

If you find it hard to believe that man can be delivered from death, perhaps you can start with the simpler task of being delivered from sin. Mrs. Eddy tells us the healing of sin will lead to the overcoming of death:

“The tenor of the Word shows that we shall obtain the victory over death in proportion as we overcome sin.” (S&H 427:19-21)

“Sin brought death, and death will disappear with the disappearance of sin. Man is immortal, and the body cannot die, because matter has no life to surrender. The human concepts named matter, death, disease, sickness, and sin are all that can be destroyed.”  (S&H 426:28)

“The death of a false material sense and of sin, not the death of organic matter, is what reveals man and Life, harmonious, real, and eternal.” (S&H 296:10)

Christ Jesus proved that God can indeed deliver us from death. Mrs. Eddy encourages us to work at this now:

“Man’s privilege at this supreme moment is to prove the words of our Master: ‘If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.’” (S&H 428:6) 

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

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Temptation - #14


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