Does Matthew 5:29-30 Literally Mean We Should Gouge Out Our Eyes If They Cause Us To Sin?

Does Matthew 5:29-30 Literally Mean We Should Gouge Out Our Eyes If They Cause Us To Sin? I answered that question on this week’s episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes: 

Principles:

  1. The Bible should not be interpreted literally; it should be interpreted correctly.
  2. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is teaching about “Kingdom righteousness, Kingdom living, and He is emphasizing how you don’t want to miss out on the Kingdom.
  3. We won’t be admitted into heaven by mutilating our flesh. We are made righteous by trusting in the work of Jesus on the cross.
  4. We must take the war against sin seriously.
  5. While we shouldn’t cut our eyes out, we should cut our eyes away from things that cause us to lust.
  6. If we got to heaven by chopping off those things that cause us trouble, then we would have to cut out our heart.

Scripture:

“If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you;  for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.” Matthew 5:30

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

“And He was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man.” Mark 7:20

“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries,…” Mark 7:21

“deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness.” Mark 7:22

“All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”   Mark 7:23

As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.”   Romans 3:10-11

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

“And He was saying to them all, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.’”   Luke 9:23

“I have made a covenant with my eyes; How then could I gaze at a virgin?”   Job 31:1

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”   Galatians 2:20

Additonal Resources:

Is There Such A Thing As Unforgiveable Sin?

Are There Different Levels of Sin?

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