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-Matthew 4:4 Did Jesus really mean for us us to live by every word of God when He talked about plucking out the eyes and cutting off the hands (Matthew 5:29,30)?

And cutting off the foot too:.Matthew 18:8,9 and Mark 7:43

First, of course we know that this means every word of God that is presently applicable, right? Hosea was told to commit adultery. We do not feel that we should live by this word because of other things we have learned from the Bible:.Isaiah 28:9,10; Hebrews 5:13,14; 6:1,2.

God was building what was to become the Holy Bible and had included in it what he wished for our learning. See 'Proof Of The Bible'.

Moreover as Paul said, we no longer know Him after the flesh, we are new creatures fully reonciled to the Father (why?) and these old things are long past away:.2Corinthinans 5:16-21.

Some religious crackpots will claim this is what it means. It simply means that if what you are doing in life (your hands.-.your work, your sight.-.what your attention is on) is not producing the positives you want, then it is offensive to you.. He is referring to things that offend, as verse 7 shows.

Jesus was saying that the spiritual things are.so.important, that avoiding distractions to them is critical:.Matthew 10:38,39 "And he that takes not his cross, and follows after me, is not worthy of me. He that finds his life shall lose it, and he that loses his life for my sake shall find it.".They are important because this life is for learning:.Romans 15:4 "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning....."

He wanted His disciples to understand the overall scheme of things on into eternity, and the importance of His presence in coming to earth:.John 14:6; 15:5.

The everlasting fire Jesus was referring to in Matthew 18:8,9 and Mark 7:43 was not some place called hell

Jesus is saying to get rid of those things that are offending your spiritual direction, because this is where the real life is! You have the power of the Infinite One; what is there that cannot be done? We are all different, and some will use that power more than others. But, for those that just cannot overcome their offending ways (perhaps pedophilics, serial rapists and killers, those entrenched with evil ways who may already be too far down the river of no return), the Infinite One has a way to save them.
    More. Also, 'What Does Christ Want?'


-Matthew 4:6 What about 'stubbing one's foot'?

Does this apply to us? Romans 8:29 says He was the firstborn among many brethren. We are called brethren. We are in God's family. Romans 15:4.

To keep us on track God is involved in all concerning us:.Luke 12:6,7. He is in control and we are His workmanship. He instructs the angels regarding you. They bring things to your mind (Hebrews 1:13,14) to help and protect you.

-Matthew 5:14 What did Jesus mean when He said that we are the light of the world?

John 1:6-9 shows us that Jesus is the light that is in us and that being so (as light), we will be compassionate to others (with all that means) as we live our lives. See the subject entitled 'Light'.

-Matthew 6:33 What does it mean to seek the Kingdom Of God?

Jesus was explaining certain principles of love to those He called (John 17:6) to be with Him (His disciples) (Matthew 5:1):.Matthew chapters 5-7 inclusive.

He was saying in effect to, focus more on enriching your soul, on eniching the mind things (like thinking and decision) that can rearrange your motivations (what you do things from; what impels your actions, like, why would you exercise, why would you go to bed early), the things that formulate your emotions (how you feel {positive or negative} about what it is that is presently before your mind) and the things that make up your expressions.(how you communicate). Your soul is what is you. Your body is what your soul uses to animate all these things that comprise your personality.

Jesus was saying to concentrate efforts on what is most important and that involved things to do with them, being in the Kingdom of God:.Matthew 6:19,20;.Jude 1:21 "Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life."

He was telling them the heart of the Father (John 17:8) that if they would be sure to put spiritual concerns regarding the Kingdom of God first, that the physical things would be looked after, as God and He both care deeply for them:.John 17:11,13,22-26. Notice also, that it is not a fear of punishment that pressures you into an eternal life with God, but rather an understanding of His mercy. 
    These things also apply regarding us today:.John 17:20.

-But what should a person do when the problems may be so great that there is really not much that one can do? Exodus 14:13, and, go into the dark and quiet, and, consider this..., and consider that the Great Infinite One always turns grief into hope.

Exodus 14:13,14 "And Moses said unto the people, Fear you not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day. For the Egyptians whom you have seen to day, you shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and you shall hold your peace."


-Matthew 10:39 and Luke 17:33 How do we lose our lives for His sake?

What is our life if not our time? What do we spend our time on? Many things unloving to ourselves and others?

-Genesis 2:20 Why didn't God create Eve earlier, so she could have been a help to Adam when he had to name all those animals?

This is interesting! It shows how God works. God knew that Adam would need a mate, but he waited until Adam could see a need for some help. Perhaps that way he would appreciate her:.Genesis 1:26,27.

-Matthew 5:34-37 Why did Jesus say not to swear (make an oath) by referring to such things (Matthew 5:36) as heaven, etc.?

The word swear means, to affirm, promise, threaten, with an oath; to promise or pledge with a solemn.oath, as though one had power to bring to pass what he says no matter future circumstances.

It is really claiming one is as powerful as God while still human. But, only God controls circumstances.....answer continues

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