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Where Is Anger The Same As Murder?

September 21, 2013

Mt 5:21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and
anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’  
22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

Mt 5:27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’  28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully 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. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.  30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

These statements are taken from Matthew 5:21-30.
Are they for real?
Or are they meant to me an example to show just how severe the punishment is for anger and lust?
Or was it “just talk” - something to try to get people to behave better?

Let’s take these in reverse order -

  1. It’s just talk - this sounds like something coming from someone who says Jesus is a good moral teacher.  It’s a good way to live - so we should do it.  The problem with that is - Jesus also said He was God.  
    If He wasn’t God - then He’s crazy and would be a horrible moral teacher!
    If He is God - then it’s got to have a deeper meaning.
  2. It’s an example to show the severity of the punishment - That’s good - as far as it goes.  It certainly does that.  But couldn’t it mean much more?
    Following Jesus is a process.  In His examples, Jesus talks about the seed in the Parable of the Sower -

Mt 13:1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.  2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore.  3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed.  4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.  5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.  6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.  7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.  8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.  9 He who has ears, let him hear.”

Our faith starts out like a seed -
by grace we have the opportunity to know Jesus.
What we choose to do with that opportunity is totally up to us.
As with the seen eaten by the birds - maybe we do nothing at all - maybe not even notice that an opportunity has been given to us - and it goes no further than being a missed opportunity.
The seed that falls in the rocky places with not much soil - we start to do something to get to know Jesus - but don’t really follow through with steps in our lives to really have Him take effect.
The seed that fell in the thorns - not only do we not try to do anything - we keep up with our old lives of sin and the opportunity is essentially killed by our own lifestyles and the refusal to change anything.
The seed that lands in the good soil - it grows - and becomes a tree - and then bears fruit.

  1. It’s for real -

Think about the example above - trees growing from seeds and then eventually bearing fruit.

Those trees need to be pruned -
have branches removed.

We are no different - we need to have “things” removed from our lives in order to grow in Jesus and bear fruit for God.

Could there be actual pruning for us as we grow as well?

If it’s for real -
if things we think have actual consequences -
and if those things affect us just as if anger was murder and lust was adultery -
it doesn’t happen in the life we know -
so where does it happen?

If Jesus said it -
and if He really meant it -
then it must happen -
but where?
Not if - and not when - but where?

Here’s a hint of a possibility -
I’ve written a couple articles on some of things we have learned from science about quantum physics -
not the details on how it works -
but the possible impact it has on us -
and knowing what we humans have learned - just how much more God can do.
You can find them here:
Quantum Computers - Quantum God?
Quantum Machines - Can They Tell Us Anything About God?

Essentially - one of the keys is the ability for a quantum computer to consider every possible combination of zeros and ones - meaning every possible outcome - at the same time.  If we can build one of these -just imagine what God can do.  I take that back - we can’t imagine.  Whatever you can think if - He really can do it better and faster and much easier than we can.