Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Changes To The Lord's Prayer????


     This is just a “weigh in” and maybe a little lesson in logic.  For me personally, when I began to think of God, Jesus, The Bible and how they influence our lives more logically and less emotionally, my relationship with God began to blossom like never before.  I have learned to try and put my basic emotions aside when trying to decipher God’s plan for me and try to look at every situation more logically.  As a result, I have achieved a personal peace and happiness I would have deemed heretofore impossible.  That being said let me get to the point of this short post.

     The big story in the news today is the Pope changing the wording in the Lord’s Prayer.  After 16 years of research into this particular matter, he wants us to change the phrase “Lead us not into temptation” to “Abandon us not when in temptation”.  As with most people, I balked a little when I first heard this but after some logical consideration, I have come to the conclusion he is correct.   Logically put, The Lord does not “lead” us into temptation.  Satan is the one who tempts us and he does so every chance he gets.  He is the evil one who seeks to tempt us into behaviors that will distance us from our God.  It therefore stands to reason that it is actually a little silly to ask God not to “lead us into temptation” because that is not what he does to us.  When Satan tempts us, many of us need God’s help to avoid that temptation so it just make sense that we would ask God not to abandon us when Satan is dangling that delicious looking hook in front of us.

     Those of you who know me know that there are many aspects of many religious dogmas to which I simply can not subscribe.  By the same token, there are many aspects to which I do subscribe simply because I can see the logic.  I have yet to discover any organized religion to which I can totally believe and in which I can immerse myself.  My advice to all has always been to establish your own personal covenant with God.  The personal relationship you and God establish between you is not necessarily identical to the relationship He establishes with someone else.  Therefore, think for yourself but be careful to never disparage the relationship someone else has established with God.  We are all individuals and it only makes “logical” sense that the established relationships we have with God are also distinct, indivisible entities as well.

     May God shower you with His love and remember, God is good all the time and all the time, God is good.