When god says that if your right eye causes you to sin and the right also to cut them off...?

like this right here:

Matt 5:28-29 (NIV) [Jesus:] "But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, 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."

Does he really mean to cut them out or wha?

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  • Tiny
    Lv 6
    8 years ago
    Best Answer

    The “eye” spoken of by Jesus represents the power or ability to focus our attention on something, and the “hand” relates to what we do with our hands. If care is not exercised, these body parts may cause us to “stumble” and cease ‘walking with God.’ (Gen. 5:22; 6:9) When tempted to disobey Jehovah God, then, we need to take strong action, figuratively tearing out an eye or cutting off a hand. Basically we are being told to be careful what we allow our eyes to see because to keep looking at a women so as to have a passion for her, will eventually take root in the heart. Once it takes root it leads to sin.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Well..Jesus really meant what he said, but think about WHAT he said. Let's look at the remainder of the passage as well:

    http://classic.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ma...

    Now: does your eye make you sin? Well: maybe you think it does. Does your hand make you sin? Who is in control here - you, or your hand? Does your hand direct you, or do you direct your hand?

    "If your right hand makes you stumble". Does it? No; if anything, you make your right hand stumble! However, **IF** your right hand were a thing that caused you to sin, it would be better for you to cut it off than to suffer eternally with right hand still attached. Likewise, **IF** your eye were a thing that caused you to sin, it would be better for you to remove it yourself than to suffer eternally with it intact.

    Jesus was making a point, and the point can *absolutely* be taken literally. However, the point is not to instruct his followers to cut off supposedly controlling, sinful parts of their bodies! The point is that if some thing causes you to sin - even if that thing is as dear to you as is your own eye or your own hand - then your only reasonable choice is to remove that thing from your life, no matter what it is, no matter how painful that removal might seem. If you do not, the consequences are eternal.

    - Jim, http://www.bible-reviews.com/

  • 8 years ago

    That is just twisted. How can anybody read that and call the bible a "good book"?

    Lust is a natural feeling; it keeps the species going. How can it be considered evil or "sinful"? People are tormented by reading this kind of crap. I'm sure some poor person has actually done him/herself actual physical harm because of this sick, ugly verse.

  • No. He's just making the point that we need to take sin very seriously.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    its an analogy -_-

    don't take things so literal all the time ESPECIALLY the bible.

  • 8 years ago

    No it is hyperbole...a figure of speech.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Idk but I've always taken it literally and was just like that's nice..

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