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Old 04-04-2010, 05:58 PM   #115
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Default Re: Red Letter Church

Originally Posted by orthodoxymoron View Post
Seriously! How do we know when to take a text literally, and when to start rationalizing! Use your brain! It should be obvious that Jesus is using the technique of exaggeration to make a point! He is telling us to take sin very seriously, and to understand how destructive sin is if it is followed to its logical, or actually illogical, conclusion! Obviously, Jesus does not want people to gouge their eyes out! But think about it...if an affair with the married girl next door led to lying, jealousy, anger, and even murder...perhaps a missing eye would be the least destructive option!

good point

if the attraction leads to an affair

who knows the consequences

Jesus admonishes

to watch the thoughts and check the emotions

for these lead to action
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