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French Christians to recite new version of Lord's Prayer

by Tola Mbakwe

A new version has been created so it does not seem like God leads people to commit sins.

For decades the French have prayed "Lead us not into temptation" found in Matthew 6:9-13.

Instead, Catholic priests will ask worshippers to pray "Do not let us enter into temptation". This way, the responsibility of a person sinning is placed on the person, not God.

The French Conference of Bishops approved the change earlier this year. 

However, Monsignor Guy de Kerimel, the French Catholic Church's chief liturgist told AFP: "In itself the translation wasn't wrong, but the interpretation was ambiguous."

Whether or not a new version was needed was a controversial debate between theologians for almost two decades.

But the national council of evangelicals of France, CNEF, doesn't agree with the change.

According to AFP, the group acknowledged that the new version does not implicate God in a person sinning, but said "it waters down God's sovereignty".

French-language Protestant churches have also approved the change. 

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