From the July/August, 2000 issue of Touchstone
Men in Full by Thomas S. Buchanan

Men in Full

If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.
—Matthew 5:29–30

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said that it is better for us to pluck out our eyes or chop off our hands if they cause us to sin, so that we not be cast into hell. This, of course, was presented as a last resort. That is, given a choice between painful and permanent dismemberment and hell, Jesus told us to avoid hell. Our desire to be with . . .


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