And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (6:13 Matthew)
A non believer asked me before. Why pray to God not to lead us into temptation if we believe that God does not lead human into the path of temptation. Wouldn’t that be contradicting?
I am not sure what the man is trying to say. Perhaps, to him, this particular Bible verse is contradicting. To me, it is not contradicting. In fact, it has a deeper meaning.
Yes, true, God does not lead us into temptation. God would never do that. But it is our very own desire that puts us to the path of temptation and the evil that consequently will lead us to sins and infidelities. It is our own desire that throws us all into the pit of damnation. It is our own weakness that made us desire the forbidden fruit, not God. It is… ourselves that destroy whatever that we have… with our own bare hands. God himself said that the destruction of the world would be caused by the human.
What leads us into temptation is ourselves. We have no restrain. We have no such control over our limbs, especially when sinful delicacy is placed before our eyes, and we would do whatever it takes to have a bite of it, regardless of the consequence.
Temptation is like poison. Poison may look beautiful. Seductive. Delicious. But it would destroy without fail. It’s just a matter of time before the poison takes effect and paralyze our bodies. The consequence of drinking poison is usually fatal, beyond repair, and yet the beauty of it tempt one to drink it up for it’s almost irresistible to resists it’s beauty.
So when we pray to God not to lead us into temptation, that would mean we’re praying to God to protect us from ourselves. Not from Him, for He could never hurt us in any way.
Perhaps there would be time where He would test our faith, our endurance. But those… are not exactly temptation. If one looked closely, God didn’t exactly put us into the path of temptation. It is us human who puts ourselves in the path of temptation.
I may not make any sense, but for those who have seen poison and the effect of it, would understand what I’m talking about. Yes, our Holy Father does not put us into the path of temptation, but He shall deliver us from Evil, when the time is right… for He shall not let us endure more than we can endure.
Cleffairy: How does one distinguish poison from medicine? I’m afraid, there’s no exact way to distinguish the two until it was consumed.