Last week, Pope Francis suggested that the Roman Catholic Church should consider revamping the Lord’s Prayer, also known as the “Our Father,” to make it more clear.
According to the pope, the way the Lord’s Prayer is currently translated suggests that God could lead his followers into temptation. However, as Francis explained, only Satan can tempt.Handout/Getty Images/Pai Shih/Flickr
The Lord’s Prayer currently reads:
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
The pope offers that it should instead read:
“Do not let us fall into temptation, but deliver us from.”
His Holiness continued:
“It is not He that pushes me into temptation and then sees how I fall. A father does not do this. A father quickly helps those who are provoked into Satan’s temptation.”
The French Catholics have already adopted the change, putting it into effect the first week of Advent. The pope suggested that Italian Catholics should do the same.
Some people had strong reactions toward the pope suggesting to make a slight change to the Lord’s Prayer:
— Tiffany???? (@Tiffany83_) December 8, 2017
Our savior Jesus Christ gave us the Lord’s prayer as the Bible tells us. Nobody should be able to change the words. #Orthodox
— Bill Sifounios (@billsifounios) December 11, 2017
Instead of changing the LORD’S PRAYER ?
We need to change the POPE
Can I get an Amen
— Carol (@Carolde) December 9, 2017
As a practicing Catholic myself, I don’t mind the shift the pope is proposing because I tend to agree with him when he says it is not my Father who tempts, but it is my Father who steers me right when Satan is tempting me.
And the Our Father is hardly the first Catholic prayer to be changed over the years. Take the Nicene Creed (also known as the Profession of Faith), for example, which had significant changes made to it in 2011.
Do you have a problem with the slight change in the Lord’s Prayer?