Why Did Jesus Say To Cut Off Your Hand, Foot, and Gouge Out Your Eye?

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Matthew 18:8-9

8 If your hand or your foot causes your downfall, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into the eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes your downfall, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, rather than to have two eyes and be thrown into hellfire!

Why did Jesus use an extreme illustration of cutting one’s body parts to avoid going to hell?

Hell is so terrible that you have to take decisive action to avoid going there at all cost because it is eternal.

If you would cross reference the verses above with Matthew 5:27-29 it will shed more light on the meaning of Jesus’ illustration. See below.

Matthew 5:27-29

27 “You have heard that it was said, Do not commit adultery. 28 But I tell you, everyone who looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

1. Eye-Those who lust after women/men and material things. For these things are keeping them away from Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 6:9, Matthew 19:23, Mark 10:23, 1 Timothy 6:9-10).

2. Hand-Refers to those who steal because they are given over to covetousness that they will go to any length to get it. 

Ephesians 4:28

The thief must no longer steal. Instead, he must do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need.

3. Foot-Those who run off to commit murder for the sake of money or revenge. To murder someone, the individual must harbor deep hatred towards a person (Leviticus 19:17-19). Jesus is love but a murderous person has pure hatred which reflects Satan in their life. A person with deep hatred cannot open his heart to Jesus because it has become callous.

Isaiah 59:7

Their feet run after evil, and they rush to shed innocent blood. Their thoughts are sinful thoughts; ruin and wretchedness are in their paths.

How does a person cut off their hand, foot and gouge out their eye? By running to Jesus (by placing their faith in Him) who will cut them off and replace them with an eye that is used for seeing who is in need of help. The hand to rescue and the foot to run and tell someone the good news (Romans 10:15).

Without Jesus in your life, you are being used by Satan to do his will (2 Timothy 2:26) and also to satisfy your sinful desires but at the end, your reward will be hell. It’s not worth it, run to Jesus today and He will make you into a new man. See picture above.


Do Not Receive The Mark Of The Beast


Revelation 13:16-18

16 And he requires everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to be given a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark: the beast’s name or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom: The one who has understanding must calculate the number of the beast, because it is the number of a man. His number is 666.

Starting from Chapter 12:7 all the way through Chapter 13 which connects in sequence, the second half of the seven years of the tribulation, Satan gets defeated by Michael and his angels (the war in heaven). Satan is thrown down and comes in fury to the earth and establishes his supreme rule on the earth for a short time. The image of the Beast (the Antichrist) is put on the corner of the third temple in Jerusalem and he will claim to be God and demand worship. The Devil first goes after the woman which is Israel but Israel gets protected. He then changes his focus and goes after the Christians and messianic Jews spread out all over the world to force them to either receive his mark and worship the image he has set up on the third temple or go to prison or death.

Revelation 13:10

If anyone is destined for captivity, into captivity he goes. If anyone is to be killed with a sword, with a sword he will be killed. This demands the perseverance and faith of the saints.    


Revelation 14:9-12

9 And a third angel followed them and spoke with a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he will also drink the wine of God’s wrath, which is mixed full strength in the cup of His anger. He will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the sight of the holy angels and in the sight of the Lamb, 11 and the smoke of their torment will go up forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or anyone who receives the mark of his name. 12 This demands the perseverance of the saints, who keep God’s commands and their faith in Jesus.”

The question that a lot of Christians asks is, can a person after receiving the mark of the Beast have a chance to be saved? The answer is no. Receiving the mark of the Beast is not only putting a mark on you but that mark signifies that you belong to the Devil. Also, you have to give your alliance to the Satanic system and worship the Beast’s image. Anyone who receives the mark of the Beast will never get saved because in their hearts they have rejected Jesus Christ, look at verse 12 and see that it demands from the saints perseverance in the matter of not receiving the mark. A person who is truly saved will never accept the mark but one who claims to follow Jesus but receives the mark was never saved in the first place as seen in 1 John 2:19 which says, 19 They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. However, they went out so that it might be made clear that none of them belongs to us.

The Lake of Fire is a never ending torment for those who reject Jesus by accepting or receiving the mark of the Beast. Whatever you do, do not get the mark of the Beast but put your faith and trust in Jesus’ sacrifice, that He died for your sins and on the third day He rose from the grave and reigns at the right hand of God the Father.

Revelation 15:2

2 I also saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had won the victory over the beast, his image, and the number of his name, were standing on the sea of glass with harps from God.

Here we see that those who are victorious are the one’s who refused to take the mark of the Beast and worship his image. Those that die for Christ by not taking the mark will stand in the presence of the Living God to praise Him. That is something to look forward to.

How did Jesus describe Hell?


Before I get into the study about hell I want to explain in detail both Hades and Gehenna so one can know the difference and see what happens in both. All references are taken from the Bible except for the Greek word definitions.

Hades is a transliteration of the word in Greek ᾍδης, ου, ὁ and it means properly, the “unseen place,” referring to the (invisible) realm in which all the dead reside, i.e. the present dwelling place of all the departed (deceased). Strong’s #86

Gehenna (Hell) in Greek is γέεννα, ης, ἡ which the transliteration is Geenna (Gheh’-en-nah). It means géenna (a transliteration of the Hebrew term, Gêhinnōm, “the valley of Hinnom”) – Gehenna, i.e. hell (also referred to as the “lake of fire” in Revelation).
Gehenna (“hell”), the place of post-resurrection torment (judgment), refers strictly to the everlasting abode of the unredeemed where they experience divine judgment in their individual resurrection bodies. Each of the unredeemed receives one at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11-15), i.e. a body that “matches” their capacity for torment relating to their (unique) judgment. Strong’s #1067

Everyone (believers and unbelievers) that died before the crucifixion of Christ went to Hades but after His death and resurrection, believers who die go to be with the Lord (Philippians 1:23). Now in Hades there were two places distinct one from the other like day and night. There was a chasm an abyss of a ravine that separated the righteous from the condemned. Let’s see this more in detail in the scriptures and what occurs in both places.

Luke 16:19-21
19 “There was a rich man who would dress in purple and fine linen, feasting lavishly every day. 20 But a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, was left at his gate. 21 He longed to be filled with what fell from the rich man’s table, but instead the dogs would come and lick his sores.

In the whole context of the chapter which I won’t be able to go through but the Lord Jesus Christ was speaking to those who would make money their god or preeminent in their lives instead of God and the consequence would result in going to Hades where the rich man went.

Luke 16:22-24
22 One day the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torment in Hades, he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off, with Lazarus at his side. 24 ‘Father Abraham!’ he called out, ‘Have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this flame!’ 25 “‘Son,’ Abraham said, ‘remember that during your life you received your good things, just as Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here, while you are in agony. 26 Besides all this, a great chasm has been fixed between us and you, so that those who want to pass over from here to you cannot; neither can those from there cross over to us.’

Both of these men when they died went to the same place in Hades but one went to be at the side of Abraham the patriarch escorted by an angel from God and was comforted in Paradise. The rich man who lived lavishly for himself and knowing that Lazarus was in want didn’t provide him with food and clothing, showing an absence of God in his heart through faith. Hades in verse 23 clearly teaches that it is a place of torment with fire revealing it by flames which caused his extreme thirst.

The righteous couldn’t cross over to those in torment if they wanted to and neither could those in Hades cross over to the other side. Hades is a place where people who reject Jesus as Lord and savior end up until the second death, the Lake of Fire. Nowhere in this illustration did the scriptures indicate to complete annihilation after some period of time.

Luke 16:27-31
27 “‘Father,’ he said, ‘then I beg you to send him to my father’s house— 28 because I have five brothers—to warn them, so they won’t also come to this place of torment.’29 “But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’ 30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said. ‘But if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ 31 “But he told him, ‘If they don’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.’”

That place was so terrible that the rich man begged Abraham to send Lazarus from the dead (resurrection) to warn his family of the reality of Hades so they won’t end up there with him. You can see that in Hades while being in torment one can still see, hear, smell, hunger and thirst indicating all of the human senses still being active. Just like the rich man, we must warn people from coming to this place of torment but sadly for him, it was too late. The reason why Abraham didn’t ask the Lord to resurrect Lazarus to preach and warn his brother of Hades/fire was because they wouldn’t believe him anyways. An example of this is seen after Jesus’ resurrection. Some people still didn’t believe in Him.

Gehenna (the Lake of Fire) is a place of eternal fire that will never end for those whose names are not found written in the Lambs Book of Life. Let’s see what Jesus said about Hell/Gehenna.

Mark 9:42-44
42 “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched— 44 where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’

Jesus is giving a strong warning about playing a role in deceiving or causing a believer to go astray. Hell is so bad that one will be judged according to his actions here on earth and receive the degree of fire according to how sinful he was (Matthew 11:23-24). The word here for Hell is Gehenna, the second death and its fire will never be put out. By Jesus saying that it is better to cut off your hands to stop sinning so you won’t go to this terrible place, Jesus used the strong emphasis to sever ties with anything that seems more important to you here on earth that you can’t live without but is keeping you from getting saved through faith in Jesus. It is not worth it especially if it brings you to Hell.

Mark 9:45-47
45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched— 46 where ‘Their worm does not die, And the fire is not quenched.’ 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire— 48 where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’

I cannot stress enough how horrible Hell will be for those who reject Christ. Jesus continues to tell His audience how awful that place is. Anything that’s keeping you from Jesus is never that important and He compares this to a body part. It seems impossible to live without it, yet He is saying to you “It’s better to do without it.” Hell is real and its fire is real that’s why Jesus repeatedly warned His listeners of their impending doom and the terrifying place that awaits them if they persist in rejecting Him. Now we will see verses in scripture describing the fires of Hell that will never end and is eternal.

Matthew 25:46
And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Revelation 20:10
And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Revelation 14:11
And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”

Matthew 25:41
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Matthew 3:12
His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

Wheat always refers to the righteous and the chaff to the unbelievers in scripture (Matthew 13:36-43).

Matthew 13:50
And throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Weeping means “to grieve audibly”) – bitter grief that springs from feeling utterly hopeless. (“wailing”) is usually accompanied by shrieks, brought on by uncontainable emotional (psychological) pain. Strong’s #2805

Gnashing of teeth: with τῶν ὀδόντων added, a phrase denoting the extreme anguish and utter despair of men consigned to eternal condemnation. Strong’s #1030

People in Hell will feel real pain not imaginary. Either we believe what Jesus Christ himself said about this matter or not. We must choose to believe and preach the whole message of the Bible which is God’s goodness, and in His goodness, He tells us the full implication of what His judgment entails (Hell).

I could go on and on about the fires of Hell but it would be too long. I hope one can see my point. Now I will show the verses that might seem to say that Hell is not a real fire but that one will be destroyed.

Matthew 10:28
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

In 2 Thessalonians 1:9 says “They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might”

If you get destroyed one ceases to exist right? Not according to this verse which by the way is referring to Hell. It says eternal destruction, so what does that truly mean?

The Greek word for destruction in 2 Thessalonians 1:9 is olethros which means ruin, destroy, death 1a) for the destruction of the flesh, said of the external ills and troubles by which the lusts of the flesh are subdued and destroyed. Strong’s #3639

The Greek Word for destroy in Matthew 10:28 in Greek is apollumi which means to destroy 1a) to put out of the way entirely, abolish, put an end to ruin 1b) render useless 1c) to kill 1d) to declare that one must be put to death 1e) metaph. to devote or give over to eternal misery in hell 1f) Strong’s #622

Basically it is saying that the function of the person and their purpose which God made them for is destroyed since people in Hell will do nothing but weep and gnash their teeth in severe pain (Luke 13:28). An illustration would be a shattered light bulb. Its function is destroyed and it ceases to work like it should. The broken pieces of glass and its components still remain, but not completely annihilating it.

What about Death and Hades being cast into the Lake of Fire. What does this mean?

Death is a synonym for Hades which are those who are separated from God because being with God is life and apart from God is death as seen in Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Sin brings death which separates you from God who is Life.

Revelation 20:14
Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.

Death and Hades mean the same thing. People who are in Hades are dead spiritually and the spiritually dead are in Hades, talking about those who rejected Jesus. People in Hades will be cast into the Lake of Fire in the great day of judgment which is the second death and the final destination of the unsaved with Satan is his fallen angels.

Hell is real and as Christians, our duty is to do what Jesus did and warn the people of this terrible and unimaginable place of never-ending torment before it’s too late for them.