Wednesday Readings: Lead Us Not Into Temptation

The following citations from The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy were read during the June 1, 2011 Wednesday Testimony Meeting of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Chagrin Falls, OH. After the readings, those attending the meeting are encouraged to share proofs of God's care.  All are lovingly invited to attend the 7:30 p.m. Wednesday meetings at our church.

The Bible

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease and death

Gen. 1:27 God
God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 

Gen. 1:28 (to 1st ,)
And God blessed them,

Gen 2:6,7,16,17,18,21,22
But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.  And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. 

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.  #And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. 

And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 

Gen 3:1-6,9,11 Hast,12,13
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?  And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 

And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 

Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?  And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.  And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. 

Matt 6:9 Our (to ,), 13 lead (to :)
Our Father which art in heaven,

lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

Jer 29:8,9,11-14 (to :)
For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed.  For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the Lord. 

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.  And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.  And I will be found of you, saith the Lord:

James 1:12,16,17,18
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 

Do not err, my beloved brethren.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. 

Ps. 23:1-3
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 

Prov. 12:28
In the way of righteousness is life: and in the pathway thereof there is no death. 

Rev 3:10
Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 

Ps. 40:17 thou (to 2nd ;),17 O
thou art my help and my deliverer; O my God. 

Matt. 3:16-17 Jesus
Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 

Matt. 4:1-11
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.  And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.  And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.  Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.  Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.  Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.  Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.  Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. 

Ps. 23:4,5
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 

Ps. 18:19
He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me. 

Ps. 23:6
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. 

Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures

By Mary Baker Eddy

SH 569:3
Every mortal at some period, here or hereafter, must grapple with and overcome the mortal belief in a power opposed to God. 

SH 17:8-11
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
  ^And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth^
    ^us from sin, disease, and death.^

SH 16:15
  In the phrase, "Deliver us from evil," the original properly reads, "Deliver us from the evil one."  This reading strengthens our scientific apprehension of the petition, for Christian Science teaches us that "the evil one," or one evil, is but another name for the first lie and all liars. 

SH 22:20
Love is not hasty to deliver us from temptation, for Love means that we shall be tried and purified. 

SH 92:11-31
  In old Scriptural pictures we see a serpent coiled around the tree of knowledge and speaking to Adam and Eve.  This represents the serpent in the act of commending to our first parents the knowledge of good and evil, a knowledge gained from matter, or evil, instead of from Spirit.  The portrayal is still graphically accurate, for the common conception of mortal man--a burlesque of God's man--is an outgrowth of human knowledge or sensuality, a mere offshoot of material sense. 
  Uncover error, and it turns the lie upon you.  Until the fact concerning error--namely, its nothingness--appears, the moral demand will not be met, and the ability to make nothing of error will be wanting.  We should blush to call that real which is only a mistake.  The foundation of evil is laid on a belief in something besides God.  This belief tends to support two opposite powers, instead of urging the claims of Truth alone.  The mistake of thinking that error can be real, when it is merely the absence of truth, leads to belief in the superiority of error.

SH 289:8
  A wicked mortal is not the idea of God.  He is little else than the expression of error.  To suppose that sin, lust, hatred, envy, hypocrisy, revenge, have life abiding in them, is a terrible mistake.  Life and Life's idea, Truth and Truth's idea, never make men sick, sinful, or mortal. 

SH 280:21-24
The argument of the serpent in the allegory, "Ye shall be as gods," urges through every avenue the belief that Soul is in body, and that infinite Spirit, and Life, is in finite forms.

SH 153:31-2
Neither sympathy nor society should ever tempt us to cherish error in any form, and certainly we should not be error's advocate.

SH 529:21-29
  Whence comes a talking, lying serpent to tempt the children of divine Love?  The serpent enters into the metaphor only as evil.  We have nothing in the animal kingdom which represents the species described,--a talking serpent,--and should rejoice that evil, by whatever figure presented, contradicts itself and has neither origin nor support in Truth and good.  Seeing this, we should have faith to fight all claims of evil, because we know that they are worthless and unreal.

527:12-20 God
God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man."  It is true that a knowledge of evil would make man mortal.  It is plain also that mate-rial perception, gathered from the corporeal senses, constitutes evil and mortal knowledge.  But is it true that God, good, made "the tree of life" to be the tree of death to His own creation?  Has evil the reality of good? Evil is unreal because it is a lie,--false in every statement.

SH 165:1
  Physiology is one of the apples from "the tree of knowledge."  Evil declared that eating this fruit would open man's eyes and make him as a god.  Instead of so doing, it closed the eyes of mortals to man's God-given dominion over the earth. 

532:3-4 God,26-28
God makes and governs all.

  Fear was the first manifestation of the error of material sense.  Thus error began and will end the dream of matter.

The allegory shows that the snake-talker utters the first voluble lie, which beguiles the woman and demoralizes the man.

  Truth, cross-questioning man as to his knowledge of error, finds woman the first to confess her fault.  She says, "The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat;" as much as to say in meek penitence, "Neither man nor God shall father my fault."  She has already learned that corporeal sense is the serpent.

SH 569:14
Alas for those who break faith with divine Science and fail to strangle the serpent of sin as well as of sickness!  They are dwellers still in the deep darkness of belief.  They are in the surging sea of error, not struggling to lift their heads above the drowning wave. 

SH 407:6
  Man's enslavement to the most relentless masters--passion, selfishness, envy, hatred, and revenge--is conquered only by a mighty struggle.  Every hour of delay makes the struggle more severe.  If man is not victorious over the passions, they crush out happiness, health, and manhood.  Here Christian Science is the sovereign panacea, giving strength to the weakness of mortal mind,--strength from the immortal and omnipotent Mind,--and lifting humanity above itself into purer desires, even into spiritual power and good-will to man. 

SH 494:15 Jesus
Jesus demonstrated the inability of corporeality, as well as the infinite ability of Spirit, thus helping erring human sense to flee from its own convictions and seek safety in divine Science.  Reason, rightly directed, serves to correct the errors of corporeal sense; but sin, sickness, and death will seem real (even as the experiences of the sleeping dream seem real) until the Science of man's eternal harmony breaks their illusion with the unbroken reality of scientific being. 

SH 42:19-23
The belief that man has existence or mind separate from God is a dying error.  This error Jesus met with divine Science and proved its nothingness.  Because of the wondrous glory which God bestowed on His anointed, temptation, sin, sickness, and death had no terror for Jesus.

  The only civil sentence which he had for error was, "Get thee behind me, Satan."  Still stronger evidence that Jesus' reproof was pointed and pungent is found in his own words,--showing the necessity for such forcible utterance, when he cast out devils and healed the sick and sinning.  The relinquishment of error deprives material sense of its false claims.

SH 29:1
Christians must take up arms against error at home and abroad.  They must grapple with sin in themselves and in others, and continue this warfare until they have finished their course.  If they keep the faith, they will have the crown of rejoicing. 

SH 267:28-32
"Blessed is the man that endureth [overcometh] temptation: for when he is tried, [proved faithful], he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him." (James i. 12.)

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