Jesus Preached Self-Mutilation?

Jesus Preached Self-Mutilation

Jesus Preached Self-Mutilation?

Put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. Pro 23:2 Is Solomon sanctioning suicide?

If I have failed to show compassion, then let my arm be broken off at the joint. Job 31:22 Is Job encouraging self-mutilation?

If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out. Matt 5:29 Is Jesus requiring us to blind ourselves?

Your conclusion is undoubtedly that these are drastic measures and aren’t these commands extreme? Then you are right on target. They are exaggerated. And you have just defined the word “hyperbole,” an extreme exaggeration to get a spiritual principle across and to emphasize the seriousness of the offense or sin.

Solomon emphasizes the necessity of curbing your appetite; Job pleads for a loving concern for people; and Jesus clearly warns that lust is the same as adultery. So hyperboles are used to fix firmly these truths into our hearts and minds so that those who belong to God are preserved blameless before Him.

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3 thoughts on “Jesus Preached Self-Mutilation?

  1. DEAR LEON…… I JUST READ YOUR NEW “UMBILICAL” AND I LEARNED ALOT. I NOW UNDERSTAND WHAT “HYPERBOLE” MEANS. ALSO NOW YOU HAVE ME THINKING ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF GOD’S WORDS. HE LOVES US AND WANTS US TO WALK IN HIS PATH. I PRAISE GOD FOR YOU AND EMILY AND FOR ALL YOUR FAMILY AND FOR YOUR TEACHING ALL OF US THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. IN JESUS LOVE, RUTHE

  2. A very graphic title with strong and uncomfortable words – then you rightly and beautifully brought us to the Truth and Love of God. May we as believers, and the world of unbelievers, see the pain and destruction of sin and know the power and forgiveness of our Savior. Thank you and God bless you!

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