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Old 25th October 2010, 03:11 PM
GCMfriend GCMfriend is offline
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Default Pater Noster


I should probably know the answer to this question, but I thought I would ask anyway.

Towards the end of the Pater Noster, we say "Lead us not into temptation." How could God lead anyone into temptation?

Did Jesus mean something other than the literal interpretation? Perhaps if you already know some of the Greek, your explanation would prove to be most enlightening.

I had a conversation with a friend who asked me this and I was stumped.
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Old 25th October 2010, 04:58 PM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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{6:13} "And lead us not into temptation. But free us from evil. Amen."

"In the Our Father prayer, Jesus teaches us to ask God the Father not to lead us into temptation. God Himself tempts no one, but He does guide events through Providence, permitting temptations of various kinds from time to time, in accord with His will. Prayer can assist us in responding to temptation without sin. But prayer can also obtain the Providence of God in order to avoid some temptations altogether. Certainly, no one living in this sinful world is free from temptation, especially we poor fallen sinners afflicted with concupiscence. But by God's Providence, some temptations can be avoided, and by God's grace, any temptation can be endured without sin, especially without mortal sin."

The Catechism of Catholic Ethics, n. 472.

See also, n. 467, 'Source of Temptation' which includes Peter Abelard's commentary on the Our Father.
Ron Conte
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Old 26th October 2010, 01:24 PM
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Brilliant. Thanks, Ron.
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