As a Christian, what do you think of Pope Francis' proposed change to the Lord's Prayer?

Accordingly here is what your referring to: “Pope Francis said the common rendering of one line in the prayer — “lead us not into temptation” — was “not a good translation” from ancient texts. “Do not let us fall into temptation,” he suggested, might be better because God does not lead people into temptation; Satan does.

 

“A father doesn’t do that,” the pope said. “He helps you get up right away. What induces into temptation is Satan.”

 

In essence, the pope said, the prayer, from the Book of Matthew, is asking God, “When Satan leads us into temptation, You please, give me a hand.”

 

 

 

 

The problem with this change, beyond the reasoning offered, is that it changes the context of the text. This is not an unusual exercise of the church, doxologies are short hymns of praises to God in various forms of Christian worship, often added to the end of canticles, psalms, and hymns.

 

But these doxologies are not part of the original text, as in the Lords prayer in Matthew 6:13 "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever, Amen." Jesus never said this.

 

To the broader point of the Francis amendment, the original translation of “lead us not into temptation” is an acknowledgment of the test God does with men. It is to say that God is in control of all things and an acknowledgement of Gods sovereignty and mercy.

 

 Consider Job 1:8–12

8 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

9 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

12 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.

 

 

 

 

Job 2:3–6

3 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.

4 And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.

5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.

6 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.

 

 

These accounts in Job illustrate how God is in control of all things, even what Satan can do to you. Moreover, what happened to Job was permitted by God and committed by God, the reason God permitted this, was to demonstrate the capacity of man to man himself, you never know what you can do, until you try, once you achieve a thing you have confidence to do more. On the other side of this test, was lifelong blessing and restoration for Job.

 

James 1:13

13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

 

 

In the Genesis account with Abraham and his son Isaac, the test of Abraham was not about God trying to figure out if Abraham would kill his son and trust God, it was about Abraham learning if Abraham would follow through and kill his son. God wanted Abraham to know the depth of his own heart. Again the reward of God to Abraham was that he became the father of many nations.

 

 

There is an inherit danger in the actions of the Popes suggestion, when a small changer here and there takes place, we miss what God has actually said, the value of the verse and lead us not into temptation has ramifications beyond the experience of the men in the examples of Job and Abraham, they effect generations to come. If not for Job, how little could man endure in our understanding f suffering in context and the blessings of God on the other side? If not for Abraham the promise of the Messiah through his linage would not have been fulfilled.

 

We cannot take such actions lightly, the subtlety of this is how Satan is able to slowly but surely make your faith ineffective by removing what God has said and your ability to believe what truths that reside in His word.

 

To remove these words is to remove context, understanding and the broader lessons of how God operates with man. Gods words are replete with a series of sub messages within the text, which in part is a manifestation of what makes Gods word inspired. The only way to remove this inspiration is to remove the words which are the keys that unlock it.

 

 

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