Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cut it off

Mark 9:43-50 (ESV)
And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. [44]
[45] And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. [46]
[47] And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, [48] 'where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.' [49] For everyone will be salted with fire. [50] Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another."

This is the law. Cut it off. Tear it out. If it causes you to sin, get rid of it. And if you take this to seriously, well just take out your heart. Of course, Origin the Church Father, took this a bit seriously, and chopped off his man parts. His bishop then refused to ordain him because he was no longer a man. You just have to love church history…. You can’t make it up! But this interesting case study, shows you the absolute in ability of a person to get anywhere by the law. To follow through with this is self mutilation which is also against God’s Law! To really manage this a man would have to commit suicide, which itself is a sin.

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