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rearnakedchoke
02-06-2009, 03:23 PM
And if your eye offends you, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes to be cast into hell fire

Can this only be taken literally, or can it also mean other things, more specifically, If a person, or people let's say does not bring the best out in you and you have tried to deal with them, is it ok to cut them off, have no contact with them so as to try and make yourself a better person?

Maglorius
02-06-2009, 05:09 PM
This is where it gets fun in reading the bible and learning when to interpret the passages literally or metaphorically. I hope this is not literal because than I'd be walking around blind and with no eyes, have no hands and walking around on stumps. I think it is better to read the whole set of verses in MArk 9:42-50 because it is specifically dealing with sin in a persons life and what to do with it. For example in my life, I struggle with pornography and masturbation. Now if I were to take those passages literally than I should cut my hands off. But maybe it is talking more about the things that we keep in our lives that leads us to sin. So for me I have had to cut out things in my life for a time until I was mature enough to use them in a matter that was for God not for sin. I cut out television, internet, threw away anything that would tempt me into sexual sin. Anything like music or a magazine that used sex to sell something I quite reading, looking at and listening to.

I believe that the same goes for people as well. When I first became a Christian, I had to distance myself from some of my friends because all they wanted to do was get drunk and get layed. For my own growth in my relationship with Christ I had to cut off other relationships that would hinder my walk with God. Now recently God has put certain people back in my life that I quite hanging out with, because I believe now I can be that mature Christian who can love them and not be influenced by them but rather hopefully be a good witness for Christ.

rearnakedchoke
04-24-2009, 01:49 PM
Ok, so I am resurrecting this thread as I would like others opinions on this ... if nobody has anything to add, i guess it will fall off the list again .. thanks ..

CAVEMAN
04-24-2009, 02:57 PM
Ok, so I am resurrecting this thread as I would like others opinions on this ... if nobody has anything to add, i guess it will fall off the list again .. thanks ..

If you have a friend who brings the bad out in you AND has more of an ungodly influence on you than you have godly influence on them, by all means cut the relationship off. I believe that is applying the truth of Mark 9: 47. If there is anything in your life that you hold more dear than the LORD, then get rid of it. It is sin! What fellowship does light have with darkness? In the past year or so, I had to distance myself from an old friend because when we would get together and hang out, he was more of an influence on me than I was on him and it was an ungodly influence. I still talk to him from time to time, but we don't hang out much anymore.

You want hear something even more convicting? I was listening to Dr Adrian Rogers preach a message on the radio a few weeks ago and he made a very thought provoking statement:

"If there is ever a time in your life that you LOVED THE LORD more than you do now, your backslidden!"

OUCH!

warriorlion
04-24-2009, 09:03 PM
If you have a friend who brings the bad out in you AND has more of an ungodly influence on you than you have godly influence on them, by all means cut the relationship off. I believe that is applying the truth of Mark 9: 47. If there is anything in your life that you hold more dear than the LORD, then get rid of it. It is sin! What fellowship does light have with darkness? In the past year or so, I had to distance myself from an old friend because when we would get together and hang out, he was more of an influence on me than I was on him and it was an ungodly influence. I still talk to him from time to time, but we don't hang out much anymore.

You want hear something even more convicting? I was listening to Dr Adrian Rogers preach a message on the radio a few weeks ago and he made a very thought provoking statement:

"If there is ever a time in your life that you LOVED THE LORD more than you do now, your backslidden!"

OUCH!

Amen