Catholic Candle note: Catholic Candle normally examines particular issues thoroughly, at length, using the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas and the other Doctors of the Church. By contrast, our feature CC in brief, gives an extremely short answer to a reader’s question. We invite readers to submit their own questions.
Q: In the Our Father, it says “lead us not into temptation”. Why would God lead us into temptation? (And if these words do not actually mean “lead us”, why does the Our Father say “lead us”?)
A: Sacred Scripture sometimes speaks of God doing what He permits to be done. For example, in the Book of Exodus, God says He will harden Pharao’s heart, whereas God permitted Pharao to harden his own heart. Exodus, 4:21. In these words of the Our Father, we are asking God to not permit us to be conquered by temptation and so to commit sin.