Pope Francis wants to change one line in the Lord’s prayer due to what he believes is a mistranslation of the infamous prayer’s true intent. Found in the Gospels of both Matthew and Luke, the Lord’s Prayer or Pater Noster is commonly referred to as the “Our Father.” The prayer was first stated by Jesus Christ as part of the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus gave instructions on how to pray. Pope Francis feels that that line, “lead us not into temptation” is an error in translation as it assumes that God, the father, is the one who is leading people into temptation and ultimately sin. He states that a better rendering of the Greek would be to translate the phrase in English as “do not let us fall into temptation.”
Two additional Scriptures which could be used to either support or detract from Pope Francis’ dilemma are 1 Corinthians 10:13 and James 1:3. As Pope Francis’ issue is in regards to who is doing the tempting, 1 Corinthians 10:13 states that when a man is tempted, God will never let him be tempted beyond what he can bear or endure.
James 1:3 states that no one should say he is tempted by God because God does not tempt anyone.
It would seem that James 1:3 would be the main verse to support Pope Francis’ position that the translation is not the best or truest expression of Jesus’ intent in the Lord’s prayer.
You may see a video where Pope Francis’s change to the translation is discussed.
Pope Francis wants to change the Lord’s Prayer line “lead us not into temptation” to “do not let us fall into temptation”. He fears the original suggests God can lead people to sin. pic.twitter.com/rEWNvzeQDx
— ABC World News Now (@abcWNN) December 8, 2017
While the idea that Pope Francis wants to “change” the Lord’s prayer is a bit misleading, the theology behind the implication of changing the translation would have a far-reaching impact.
Many theological discussions center on how humanity is tempted by various sins. Some view that God tempts humanity to teach lessons and increase dependence upon God.
Others teach that temptation comes from the devil and it’s humanity’s job to preserve and endure temptation in order to win victory in life.
The final thought is that humanity is born sinful and therefore temptations arise out of the hearts of man. Essentially, it is neither God nor the devil that causes temptation but it is a result of the human experience.
These arguments are also debated with the discussion of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. The passage is in Matthew chapter 4 and most are familiar with it.
According to the passage, the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness and while he was there praying, the devil came to tempt him. The temptation came in the form of exchanging worship for God with the luxuries of the world.
Some have viewed the temptation of Jesus as being a depiction of all three theories: God led Jesus to the wilderness where the devil tempted him with earthly or fleshly desires.
Lead us not into…mistranslation? Pope Francis calls for news version of Lord’s Prayer wants the French version I’m not Catholic (have no problem with this Denomination btw) but should the Lord’s Prayer be changed? Share your thoughts ?pic.twitter.com/pjIvjJNK90
— Eye On The Sparrow (@2Chron169) December 8, 2017
What do you think?
Do you agree with Pope Francis that the wording in the English translation is confusing? Do you think it matters if people believe temptation comes from God, the devil, or human lust and desires?