Posted by: biblestudyseattle | August 31, 2013

Self Impaling

At least one of Jesus’ teachings seems to suggest self mutilation:
“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.” Matthew 18:6-9

Actually Jesus is not recommend that we mutilate ourselves, but he is illustrating the severity of Gehenna (hell), otherwise known as second death. The bible will still be in existence as the whole world is resurrected in the Millennium. Imagine the Pharisees reading about themselves in the bible! There will be no confusion about the choices being offered: eternal life or complete annihilation. Consider:

“As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:10-12

Something else will endure all the way through the Millennium:

“In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the heart of Egypt, and a monument to the Lord at its border. It will be a sign and witness to the Lord Almighty in the land of Egypt.” Isaiah 19:19-20

This is referring to the Great Pyramid showing the world that God marked out mankind’s history ahead of time.


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