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Is What Jesus Says About Lust and Divorce Hard or Easy? – Matthew 5:27-32 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 08:39


This past Sunday, we looked at Jesus’ teaching on lust, marriage, and divorce. The question that Steve posed was: Is it hard or easy?


Q1 – Who suffers when I look at others lustfully?

The answer is the one who looks, the one who is looked at lustfully, and everyone else. While society tells us that sexual behaviour is primarily a personal matter, scripture tells us that it has implications on others in our community. It can lead to sexual addictions for the person who looks lustfully. The one who is lusted after becomes an object and loses his/her personhood. Those in the network of relationships (spouse and/or children) also suffer from a person’s lustful behaviour.


Q2 – What is Jesus’ point when he said “it is better to gouge your eye out or to cut your hand off”?

Common sense would lead us to the obvious fact that removing a part of our body will not prevent the act of looking or thinking lustfully. No one would interpret this passage literally; this is of course, a hyperbole to emphasize that this is not just an external behavioural problem.


Q3 – Is Jesus teaching behaviour modification or character formation?

Steve read an excerpt from C.S. Lewis, here is the link to the text: Mere Christianity – Is Christianity Hard or Easy? Essentially, God is interested in transforming us. “It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining in the egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary and decent egg; we must be hatched or go bad.”


Q4 – Why does divorcing your spouse, except for sexual immorality, make her the victim of adultery (Matt 5:32)?

The emphasis here is the damage and consequences that is caused by one spouse who divorces the other for unjustifiable reasons; and not so much the remarriage. In the Biblical times (and even in some parts of the world today), a divorced woman almost has to remarry for protection and sustenance. The marriage covenant is one way that God teaches us about the faithful covenant love that He has for us.


So is it hard or easy? What do you think?


Peace and grace, John

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 08:48