Pope Francis has introduced controversial plans to revise the English wording of the Lord’s Prayer so that features references to Devil.
In accordance with Francis, the prayer erroneously asks God to “lead us not into temptation.” The pontiff claims that the wording ought to be altered to incorporate Lucifer to make it clear that God shouldn’t be who led people to sin.
He informed the TV2000 channel: “It isn’t a very good translation as a result of it speaks of a God who induces temptation.”
He added: “I’m the one who falls; it’s not him pushing me into temptation to then see how I’ve fallen.
“A father doesn’t do this, a father lets you rise up instantly. It’s Devil who leads us into temptation, that’s his division.”
The 80-year-old additionally highlighted that the Catholic church in France had tailored the prayer, and makes use of the phrase “don’t allow us to fall into temptation” as an alternative.
The two versions of the Lord’s Prayer mostly utilized in England each say “lead us not into temptation”.
“I’m not conscious of any plans to vary the interpretation within the English-speaking world however you may actually see the logic of doing so,” stated Austen Ivereigh, the pope’s biographer.
“It isn’t God who tempts us into sin however the enemy of human nature. However custom and familiarity are additionally vital elements in weighing up any determination to change a translation.”
The Rev Ian Paul, an Anglican theologian, stated the pope’s feedback would make traditionalists nervous.
“The phrase in query is peirasmos [from New Testament Greek] which suggests each to tempt and to be examined. So on one stage the pope has some extent. However he’s additionally stepping right into a theological debate concerning the nature of evil.
“By way of church tradition, individuals study this prayer by coronary heart as youngsters. In case you tweak the interpretation, you danger disrupting the sample of communal prayer. You fiddle with it at your peril.”
The Lord’s Prayer, which is memorised by thousands and thousands of Christians the world over, seems within the Bible.