If your HAND causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life MAIMED than with two HANDS to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your FOOT causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life CRIPPLED than to have TWO FEET and be thrown into hell. And if your EYE causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one EYE than to have two EYES and be thrown into hell, where “‘the worms that eat them do not die, and the fire is not quenched.’
Dear friends, we have always been represented about hell as a place for eternal torment and heaven as a place for eternal bliss for your spirit or soul.
Some even say it’s a place for a resurrected body, wether a glorified body or which is raised corruptible.
When you read these verses Jesus spoke about entering hell with hands, feet and eyes and entering heaven without a perfect body: Maimed, one eye and crippled.
Does this not challenge your theology? Does this not challenge your ideas of what your pastor had fed you about heaven and hell?
Sure some of you would say Jesus was being metaphoric here.
Do you really think so?
Jesus wasn’t. He was quoting this.
“And they will go out and look on the DEAD BODIES of those who rebelled against me; the worms that eat them will not die, the fire that burns them will not be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.”
He was speaking about the impending destruction of Jerusalem. He was telling people to leave Jerusalem at all costs.
The bodies mentioned in Isaiah 66 are real dead bodies of Jews and proselyte Gentiles who died in AD70.
Those who enter life are those who left Jerusalem. Some crippled, maimed and blind. They escaped the onslaught of the Romans.
This is what Jesus meant by heaven and hell.