Casting out

Matthew 5:29 in the New King James Version of the Bible reads: “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.” For most of my life I interpreted those words to mean something along the lines of rid yourself of evil thoughts and deeds.

I now believe these words were meant for communities as a whole rather than individuals, and “right eye” is a metaphor for significant but evil people.

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