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What did Jesus mean when he said to gouge out your eye and throw it away because it would be better to lose an eye than to sin due to your eye?


Matthew 5:29

NIV - 29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

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Eced7a1f c81d 42f4 95ea 9d5719dce241 Singapore Moses Messenger of God, CEO in IT industry, Astronaut, Scientist
Giving the reason why one should get rid of the offending member that may cause a moral fall and loss of the soul by some means.Would it not be more profitable to do this literally than to have all members cast into eternal hell? 

The whole idea is to get rid of offending members that constantly cause sin. (Mt 18:8-9) as Jesus is simply emphasizing the terribleness of eternal hell.

There is a better method than this provided by the gospel. If one will become a new creature in Christ by the new birth this problem of sinful members will be solved (2Cor. 5:17-18 Gal. 5:16-26 Rom. 6:16-23; 8:1-13 1Jn. 1:7; 2:29; 3:6-10; 5:1-5,18).

April 01 2017 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Jesus was using such graphic and extreme language for emphasis in stressing to his listeners that any effort that we might have to make in order to avoid sin (regardless of how difficult or even painful that effort might be, or how much it might seem to cost us in earthly terms with respect to "missing out" on the temporal benefit or pleasure that disobeying God might bring us) is better than enduring the eternal separation from God that will result from committing unrepentant sin.

April 01 2017 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Kenneth Heck
I believe at that time there was a general idea that evil spirits or demons could and did reside in particular parts of the body to influence men to sin through that part. By removing the offending part, the evil spirit would also be removed. This belief is ignored today, but hasn't been disproved.

However, Christ removed demons through his authority as the Word of God, and the Christian practice of exorcism continues on even today. We have a much better remedy now than the Jews did back then for demonic possession.

April 02 2017 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Aurel Gheorghe
In Matthew 5:29 Jesus is not talking in a literal sense - he is using a metaphor to teach an important lesson. It means that when we are tempted by what we see, we are much better-off to deprive ourselves of that particular brief moment of pleasure in favor of eternal life. If something is tempting us to sin, it is better to cut that thing entirely out of our view. 

In more practical terms, if something we see on TV or Internet makes us sin, until we get victory over that particular sin, we are better-off without a TV or Internet service. 

For David, would have been much better to go off to battle the enemy rather than going up to the roof of his palace and stare at Bathsheba bathing (2 Samuel 11:2-4). That one moment of lapse in judgment led to adultery and murder - although it appeared that David learned his lesson from this painful experience (Psalm 101:3). If someone would have asked David what he was doing on the roof, most likely would have said “nothing, just looking.” 

Jesus here is giving us practical advice on how to avoid situations that might result in habitual sinning (2 Peter 1:4).

April 07 2017 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Data Danny Hickman Supporter Believer in The Gospel Of Jesus Christ
First, Jesus didn't say "it's better to lose an eye than to sin due to an eye." He said 'it would be better to enter life maimed than to lose your soul.'

We don't lose our soul because we sin. We lose our soul when we don't confess our sin and ask forgiveness of the One who gave us our eye.His point is that our soul is our most important possession. I don't think any part of us compares to our eyes in our estimation. We don't use our soul the way we do our eyes, so He needed to be very dramatic to get us to understand.
Also, our eyes won't last forever anyway, our soul does.

June 19 2019 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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