Would God really lead us into temptation?


#1

We pray "lead us not into temptation?’ if God loves us, why would He lead us into temptation?


#2

God does not lead anyone into temptation. When we pray “lead us not into temptation” we are asking God to protect us from entering into or yielding to temptation. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) explains:

“This petition goes to the root of the preceding one, for our sins result from our consenting to temptation; we therefore ask our Father not to “lead” us into temptation. It is difficult to translate the Greek verb used by a single English word: the Greek means both “do not allow us to enter into temptation” and "do not let us yield to temptation”. God cannot be tempted by evil and he himself tempts no one; on the contrary, he wants to set us free from evil. We ask him not to allow us to take the way that leads to sin. We are engaged in the battle “between flesh and spirit”; this petition implores the Spirit of discernment and strength” (CCC 2846).


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