“Exploring Mathew 6:13”
I usually try my best to stay away from Biblical debates; however there is something that I feel the need to write about briefly as I continue my series Unmasking the Ancient Ways of Satan (https://angelcasiano.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/unmasking-the-ancient-ways-of-satan-part-1/) I don’t claim to have all of the answers; but I believe that this issue is too important to just over-look. It is important because it affects our prayer life and it also directly affects the way we see God, the devil and ourselves.
Some years ago I was just watching TV and jumping from channels to channel. I stopped as I listen to a Catholic Priest teaching on The Lord’s Prayer. He explained that our English translation of Matthew 6:13 was totally wrong. Let’s explore two of our most common versions:
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” NIV
“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.” KJV
We are asking God: “Please God do not lead us into temptation.” If this is so, we can placed the blame on God every time we are tempted and then we can blame the devil every time we fall; if we push the envelope, we can place the blame on God all together, because, after all, it was Him that led us into temptation. These translations and others alike are totally incorrect, if we accept these translations we must then admit that the Bible has a contradiction and we know that is not the case; somewhere down the line, we “Men”, mess something up. I guess that is why Paul encourage us to “Study and show ourselves approve”. Studying is more than just reading!
As we continue this discussion; I realized that the Catholic Priest was correct. I started to really study that verse and it absolutely made no sense. James 1: 13-15 tells us:
“13Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
James is not blaming God for our temptations; he is not even blaming the devil; what he is saying is that temptations start out of our own desires. As Reverend Cruse often says: “The devil will never tempt me with oatmeal.” Why? Because Cruse don’t like oatmeal. I did find a better translation for Matthew 6:13
“Keep us from being tempted and protect us from evil.” (Contemporary English Version)
Now we are talking! Now the responsibility falls on us. I surely welcome your comments!