If you guys believe literally in the bible, then why haven't you cut off your hands and gouged out your eyes? Are you forgetting all that masturbation and lusting visually after pornography? How can you tell that Genesis is literal and Matthew is figurative?
Best answer, posted by "LP S":
What is the subject of Matt 5:29?
the subject is in verse 13. The body being discuss in Mat 5:29 is the church body, as a whole. If a member of that church is sinning than you can kick him out of that church.
Look for the subject being discussed.
You've shown clearly the tortured logic of Christianity. It's "obvious" that Yahweh doesn't want you to cut your hands off. To me, it's equally obvious that the Genesis account is myth. This is what I'm trying to reconcile. There is no rational foundation for deciding what's literal and what's not.