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Explain Matthew 5:29

In Matthew 5vs 29, saying if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out it is batter to lose part of your body and not go to hell. Or if your right hand sin, cut it off. This does not sound like grace, but under the law. Why not just ask forgiveness ect... why did He say this?

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IN THEORY, this verse should be taken LITERALLY. Sin is so terrible, that IF there were no other way to overcome it, we should cut body parts off in order to stop ourselves from sinning. We would be better off for it. However, this NEVER comes into play because we DO have a way to overcome sin, thru a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. (Obviously a better alternative!!) I believe He said this just to make a point to make people realize just how destructive sin really is.
---Greyrider on 1/9/08


I beg to offer a different view regarding this verse. It does not refer to you cutting any body part but it calls you to look at things that disqualify you from the kingdom of God, like holding on to unsaved friends, alcohol,drugs etc, you should cut these from your sphere of life.
---runyamhere on 1/6/08


Because this was written to Israel, who were under the law. Grace did not come into being until Paul was set apart in Acts 9. That is one reason Paul states he is the Apostle to the Gentiles. Notice the changein the writings in 1-3 John, 1-2 Peter and James. these came after the meeting in Galatians 2.
---geraa7578 on 3/9/07


P.S. Our eyes are inspired (motivated) by our minds. Our minds use our eyes to transport & then sow (plant) thoughts in our other body members, causing us (our hands, etc.) to act out the desires of our HEART (MIND) whether they be good or evil.

Meditate on Gal. 6:7-10
---Leon on 8/21/05


"Sin begins in the mind [HEART] & will [inclination: desire of the heart]. That is where it must [literally] be rooted [plucked, severed/cut] out," (Source: Eerdman's Concise Bible Handbook)

See specifically MATTHEW 15:19 & ROMANS 2:17-29.
---Leon on 8/21/05




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It literally is better to lose body parts than to lose everlasting life! But if we cut off all our parts that sin, we'd have nothing left!

Jesus is not telling us to cut up our bodies! He's showing us that we don't have even the tiniest chance of being perfect enough to earn our way to heaven like he did.

But there is a better way - the only way for us sinners - confess with your mouth that Jesus is lord and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead! (Rom 10:9)
---Jeffrey on 7/27/05


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Sue, you're right! To understand what God is saying, the Bible must be taken literally wherever possible. (A parable, for example, cannot be taken literally.) But it also must be taken in context!

The context of Matt 5:29-30 is Jesus teaching how perfect we must be to earn our way to heaven by the works of the law. Romans chapters 1-3 show us the same thing.

We could go to heaven if we could be perfect. Christ did! But can we be perfect? And how perfect must we be?
---Jeffrey on 7/27/05


It's not about YOU! It's about Christ and what He has done FOR you. Think on these things.
---Tina5349 on 7/27/05


He was speaking of the individual members. If a parent, brother, sister, friend, or whomever causes you to sin, then cut them off and have nothing more to do with them. For it is better for you to go alone continuing living for the Lord, then to lose yourself to hell.
---Eloy on 7/27/05


I think it is saying that anything that is causing us to sin or be tempted we should avoid, cut ourselves off from or spend as little time with as is humanly possible. For instance we might have to work with foul mouthed, blaspheming colleagues but we don't have to mix with them socially. If we did we could be dragged down to their level. This could even mean spending less time with close family if they are trying to undermine our faith.
---Xanthi on 7/27/05




This is what I dont get: sometimes people say take the bible word for word, literally, then when a verse like this comes along, it's not to be taken literally. Why?
luv,
sue
---sue on 7/27/05


Matthew 5:20 "For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven."

The sermon on the mount is about Christ, not about YOU. Christ is the ONLY ONE who's righteousness exceeds that of the Pharisees. Put your faith in Him, not your own righteousness.
---Tina5349 on 7/27/05


Cathy,
God is no asking us to cut ourselves up bu He does want us to get rid of the objects that causes us to sin. EX. hbo=girly mag, abused credit cards etc.
---Pierr7958 on 7/27/05


The issue is not a matter of the eye, but of the heart. What good would it do to pluck the eye if the heart was not corrected! The verse follows Jesus' comments about committing a sin of the heart by looking at a woman in lust. Sin is always a matter of the heart. An unchanged heart and not an eye leads to hell.
---Mike on 7/27/05


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