Answering the Unasked
The Lord’s Prayer suggests we can be
led into temptation, which begs the question: Would God lead us into
temptation? Having been taught and shown again and again that God is the giver
of only good; God’s love for us greater than our love of our children, how
could He? Since Living on the Spiritual Basis removes gray areas and
contradictions from life, what does this clause really mean?
Living on the Spiritual Basis the temptations of lying, cheating, stealing, etc. have become obvious, the price paid if we transgress clear. Having demonstrated over these base temptations new temptations arise from spiritual pride. The natural desire is to bring the good news we have learned to those still suffering, a noble desire to be sure, but fraught with this new form of temptation. Write this upon your heart in capital letters: DO NOT ANSWER THE UNASKED QUESTIONS.
This is the temptation we are asking God in the Great Prayer to lead us away from. When speaking about spiritual principles we must ask ourselves if we are engaging in attraction or promotion. We will attract those who are ready to learn by our actions, our demonstration of Living on the Spiritual Basis. If we have to sell it, promote it; convince others they should want what we have, then there is something wrong with our spiritual house. Attraction is the true path; promotion opens the door to the temptations of self-glory, self-aggrandizement, a sense of superiority and infallibility, all aspects of spiritual pride. When we consider how many evils have been and are perpetrated by those promoting their beliefs to the extreme, the clause “lead us not into temptation” becomes crystal clear. We must remain ever diligent, and though it may break our heart to refrain, we never enter unbidden into someone’s spiritual house.
To be clear, the converse is true as well. When someone asks, we must be willing to stand and be counted in the face of any perceived earthly consequence, personal or otherwise, the temptation of self-centered fear denied. So whenever or wherever we are asked to share the Good News we must not shrink, for we have been put to the question and faith requires our answer.
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