Rule out temptation by relying on God

Until I became a student of Christian Science, the subject of temptation always puzzled me. I knew that in the Lord's Prayer, given us by our Way-shower, Christ Jesus, we ask God, "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." Matt. 6:13.

For me the puzzle was this: If we are told to petition God not to lead us into temptation, this must imply that He is capable of subjecting us to temptings. I supposed that He probably did this as a matter of course, placing before us opportunities to engage in various sins. If we succumbed, according to the beliefs I accepted then, we'd better soon repent and turn over a new leaf or we'd wind up in hell rather than heaven. In other words, God was tempting us in order to prove our worthiness of reward or punishment hereafter.

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SECOND THOUGHT
March 5, 1984
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