Today’s guest post is from Keith Johnson. Keith has served on Discovery’s Leadership Team and his family have been active at Discovery for almost a decade. On a personal level, I’ll add that Keith is a gifted business man and a sharp thinker who takes the challenge of the gospel seriously. Keith covered 3 questions for us, the post is the 3rd of 3.
Q: Could you please explain what Jesus means or is trying to tell men when he tells them to gouge their eyes out rather than get thrown into hell for looking at women with lust? It is in Matthew 6 somewhere.
A: To answer lets take a closer look at Matthew 5:29. “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” In the passage itself, Mark is trying to explain his reason “it is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell”. This verse is not to be understood literally, but in the sense that we should turn our eyes away from objects, usually women, which may lead to further impure thoughts, desires and actions. Furthermore, as mentioned in Matthew 5:28 “But I tell you than anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” So Matthew is trying to make a strong point here that nothing, including your eyes, are worth the price of hell. This overall sentiment is repeated in Matthew 18:9, Mark 9:43, Colossians 3:5.