What About The Tough Scary Things That Jesus Said?

dragadiddle asked a question:

How do you interpret Matthew 7:21-23?

Hey my dear friend, you’re referring to this very scary passage said by Jesus:

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

Please allow me the grace to say something tough here.

Jesus said really hard things that we tend to skip over.

He said that it’s better to cut off your hand to stop sinning than to enter hell with two healthy hands.  Is that a metaphor?  Or Jesus keeping it real?

He talked about a place of unceasing anguish and tormenting fire, where “the worm never dies.”  By worms, he meant that our rotting flesh will continually be feasted on by hungry worms.  Is that a metaphor?  Or Jesus keeping it real?

He said anyone who causes someone to stumble should tie a millstone around their necks and throw themselves in the ocean.  Millstones weighed like a ton.  He probably said this while pointing to a millstone, because all good preachers use object illustrations.

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