Losing an Arm is Better than Hell

It’s hard not to want to soften the edges of the Sermon on the Mount becuase I really don’t think sin is so much more terrible than losing a limb. If I’m going to misread the text, it won’t be by cuting off my hand. It’ll be by blunting the message to salve my conscience.

Matthew 5:28-30 “If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out 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 be thrown into hell. 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.”

 

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