“An Analysis of Matthew 5:29-30,” by Andrew J. Schatkin
Ladies and gentlemen and my fellow discerners, politically incorrect, and you who are interested in truth and honest discernment and not fooled and manipulated by political code words and media blitz largely consisting of political hype and lies, peoples of all faith and thought lines and processes, I ask you to join with me in the present task and enterprise of analyzing and seeking an understanding and grasp of one of the most troubling and thought-provoking of Jesus’s sayings found in chapter 5 of the gospel of Matthew verses 29 and 30. Following his teaching on adultery in verses 27 and 28, where Jesus says and extends and radicalizes the proper understanding of adultery where he says that everyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart, he goes on to say in a further attempt to extend and radicalize the meaning of the law. In Matthew chapter 5 verses 29-30, Jesus says ‘if the right eye causes you to sin pluck it out; better you lose your members than your whole body; and if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.’ Jesus concludes that ‘it is better that you should lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.’
My dear friends, you who seek to reflect and come to the true meaning of these verses of Jesus, the only begotten son of god who when he speaks and informs speaks from and in the mind of god from eternity, What is the meaning of what Jesus says here? This is astounding advice but what does Jesus mean? Are we to take these words in their literal sense to throw away our sinful member’s eye and hand lest we be cast into hell? These verses parallel Mark 9:43-47. Jesus, I think, means to inform and tell us of the import and importance of our moral decisions and the consequences of those moral decisions and moral violations. He wishes us to recognize and understand the priority of our moral choices: It is better to do without the offending member, the sin causing part of our body or soul or spirit, than lose all in hell.
Jesus here tells us that the slightest choice made to sin must be excised and removed as if the sin causes and is a disease and the offense must be taken out and removed. The son of god seeks to make us grasp and understand here that sin, if present, must be taken and eradicated from the body. Jesus is informing us here that any sin or sin tendency is deadly and we must deal with its presence with radical measures not to be taken literally here but to be dealt with in a spiritual sense, removing and repenting of the offense.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I do hope you have gained some understanding of this saying of the eternal god in Christ in these words and that in in my limited human understanding have come to shed light on the words of the eternal which no man of woman can truly and fully attempt to grasp or understand, vulnerable and shallow as we all are in our thinking.
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