The Lord’s Prayer

 A look at the “Lord’s prayer”

by Mushafiq

  The Lord’s Prayer, also known as the Our Father or Pater noster, is probably the best-known prayer in Christianity. On Easter Sunday 2007 it was estimated that 2 billion Catholic, Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Christians read, recited, or sang the short prayer in hundreds of languages in houses of worship of all shapes and sizes. Yet, Christians do not understand the essence of this prayer as understanding it would result in a severe blow to the very root of Christianity. Christianity does not lay much emphasis on the forgiveness of God. They believe that since “the wages of sin is death” (often quoted out of context) therefore, God had to incarnate in this world and die for our sins, so that we could be reconciled with God. However, this concept of atonement is contrary to the teachings of Jesus (pbuh) himself.


Let’s analyse the Lord’s prayer as taught by Jesus (pbuh). The Lord’s Prayer is recorded in Matthew 6:9-13. It is as follows:

9.After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name.
10. Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11. Give us this day our daily bread.
12. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Here Jesus(pbuh) teaches his disciples to ask for God’s forgiveness. But the forgiveness is likened to our forgiveness to illustrate an important point. How do we forgive someone who owes us a debt? Do we forgive him and at the same time ask back the debt? NO. When it is forgiven NOTHING IS PAID.
Suppose someone slaps us without any reason and then after sometime realises his mistake and asks for forgiveness. Should we forgive him? Of course. But then should we slap him back? No, that would be ridiculous.
Similarly Jesus illustrates that God forgives all if only we ask God for forgiveness. If we sincerely repent and decide to improve ourselves and stay away from the major evils God will definitely forgive us. The concept of Atonement through the blood of Jesus crumbles to pieces when God’s forgiveness is understood properly. This is perfectly consistent with Old Testament concept where “God forgives sins for His own sake”.
The Prophets never taught the pagan concept of Atonement through someone’s sacrifice. God knowing that we are weak will accept our sincere repentances and blot our sins when we sincerely turn to Him. Can Christians answer this simple proof from their own Holy Bible? I will be waiting for the answer.

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13 Responses to “The Lord’s Prayer”

  1. cxjiek says:

    Sorry that I did not really understand what you are trying to say. And I still don’t. Anyways, thanks for your post that has caused me to think and rethink.

    “Do we forgive him and at the same time ask back the debt?”

    No, of course not, I guess you are right on that. I thought it was about canceling the dept of debtors.

    “This is perfectly consistent with Old Testament concept where “God forgives sins for His own sake”.”
    I thought that the main message Jesus has come to tell us is “Kingdom Come” meaning when God’s kingdom is established. I thought that Jesus died to demonstrate His Love. I thought that Jesus died as an atonement because last time in order for a the Israelite to get forgiveness of their sins, they can only do it once a year with many rituals-the high priest risking his life, animal sacrifice…now we can call out to God in Jesus name because His death clean us by having all our dirt on Himself. Jesus as the bridge. No need for any more animal sacrifices and long detailed ritual because God really Loves us that he was willing to live a normal live with people hating Him when he could just stay in His heaven and control every thing. To have personal relationship between creator and creation?

    Does this answer your Qs?

  2. Ibn Anwar says:

    Greetings,
    No, Jesus did not die for anyone Cxjiek. And no the Jews were not restricted to sacrifices for the forgiveness of their sins. Refer to the following link for further details http://unveiling-christianity......sacrifice/

  3. Ruwayda says:

    Salam,

    A very Good point. Nice 1. (A bit short?)

  4. Abdul-Qadar says:

    Good short and very potent article which requires a christian response…

    Let’s see what they can come-up with?…

    ….Jazak’Allah Khair.

    With Dua,
    A-Q

  5. ibnsaad says:

    Good post, here is something interesting this is the Lord’s prayer in Arabic written down by a black slave, guess what he writes down
    instead….

    http://islamicarchives.wordpre.....ar-rahman/

  6. ibnsaad says:

    I never said good post :p, lol jk

  7. Mushafiq says:

    @Ibnsaad. What do u mean??? 😮

  8. Bfoali says:

    WOAHHH HE SAID JK, IM JK

  9. Hate muslims says:

    Hello dear sir (ibn Anwar)

    1) Islam may be gods fulfilled promise but why are Muslims so arrogant of being muslims?
    2)Why does in the quran god uses terror to giude his followers by using words “fear me” and hardly talks about gods love?
    3)Tafsirs are man made explanations then why do muslims scholars uses them to protect the quran against opponents who critique them when there are no. of mistakes in the tafsirs such as jalaylan tafsir about flat earth, so that doesn’t mean that there are no mistakes in other tafsirs including his?
    4) Dr Zakir naik when defending Islam stated “you should not judge a car by its driver and moreover there are always black sheep’s in the community” when the critics were opposing Islam about terrorism, so my question is , is that a coincident that the Muslim community contains most of the black sheep’s today?
    5)Why does the critics of Islam didn’t become Muslims , I mean Islamic apologetics have already defended Islam so if the critics were honest with themselves then they would definitely become Muslims right , but they didn’t! Why?
    6) Why do people critique Islam more than any other faiths from the beginning of your Prophet Muhammad’s ministry till now?
    7) Why does Muslim celebrate Eid ul Adha and sacrifice animals for their god which is extremely terrorizing in its very nature and why would a so called god allow a innocent animal to die for no reason?
    8) Why does in Islam it states that unbelievers will go to hell! Does that mean that majority of the world people will go to hell because the Muslim population is less compared to total of all the religions population? This is not the case with Islam only but with majority of religions…very illogical!
    9) What about astrologers? According to Islam only god knows the future because he is all knowing , perfect etc. but astrologers tells future does that mean god is not all perfect after all and prohibited his followers from visiting them because his followers will know that their god lied to them?
    10) Christians believe that they will keep on worshiping god in paradise! and Muslims believe that the will get whatever they wish!
    What do you think god will admit Muslims to paradise when they will not worship him anymore or the Christians who will keep on worship him?
    11)is that a coincident sir that day by day the votes in your site “Does this blog offer good info on Christianity?” becoming no day by day?
    12)according to islam when a muslim in his prayer have to concentrate and if does mistake it is said to be due to devil but science proved that human brain cannot think about one pariticular thing all the time so it means because of that they do mistakes!?

    Actualy sir , their is no god? But i still consider quran to be miraculous but that doesn’t mean that it is from god because there are so many things that happened with miracles in this world. People follow their religion due greed of paradise , only Christians follow due to love of jesus! but i am not Christian. And moreover the quran is outdated because god said he created horse mules camels for transport but no one uses them for transportation coz we have cars , airplanes etc. Stop deceiving yourself. Support secularism because this can stop worldly problems not religion!
    Can u answer all those 12 questions which I asked? One by one

  10. Ahmed SIRaj says:

    Salam, dear brother Ibn Anwar

    May Allah s.w.t. reward you in abundance for the good work you are doing.

    I would like to take this opportunity to answer Q. 2 from Hate Muslims (above). The question is as follows:

    Why does in the quran god uses terror to giude (sic) his followers by using words “fear me” and hardly talks about gods love?

    Obviously, this person has not read the Bible, though he claims to be very impressed with Christians who purportedly follow the true teachings of Jesus.

    ‘And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to FEAR the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul’ (Deut 10:12)

    “Now FEAR the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness.” (Josh 24:14)

    “FEAR the LORD, you his saints, for those who FEAR him lack nothing” (Psa 34:9)

    He said in a loud voice, “FEAR God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come.” (Rev 14:7)

    What did Jesus teach?

    “But I will show you whom you should FEAR: FEAR him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, FEAR him.” (Luke 12:5)

    And this is the best part …

    “The FEAR of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10)

    And Allah knows best!

    • Ibn Anwar says:

      Jzk brother Ahmed Siraj. Thank you for your beneficial input and your kind words. We hope to see more feedback from you in the future insha’Allah. Wassalam.

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