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Bible Q & A

Q. Why would Christ admonish the faithful to pray, “lead us not into temptation” (Matt. 6:13). It would seem that God would never deliberately lead a person away from good. Since God is always righteous and perfect and knows us well, would this scripture mean that God is always testing us?
A. God has set up this world and its temptations as a training ground for the life to come. The trials we are faced with give us an opportunity to exercise our free moral agency and develop the type of godly character that we will need as members of God’s Kingdom. James 1:13-15 reads: “let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted by God; for God cannot be tempted with evil and he himself tempts no one: but each person is tempted when he is lured and entice by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin; and sin when it is full-grown brings forth death.” In light of this scripture, we can conclude that Matthew 6:13 means that we are to ask God to keep us from situations where we will be tried severely. God, however, promises that we will never be tested beyond our strength (I Cor. 10:13).
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