If you know me you know I cope with difficult verses by viewing them as allegory so that I can continue to obey God when a literal understanding of His word does not make sense
Jesus said if your eye causes you to sin cut it off and throw it away because it’s better you go to heaven blind in one eye than to have two eyes and go to hell
some men deal with that verse by avoiding malls and social media fearing the sight of attractive woman will arouse lust and sexual fantasy in them
some people avoid watching a video when a ted talks come only and choose only to listen to the sound out of a fear the sight of the person will bias them against the speaker
some refuse entertaining people who make them jealous or bitter so they can avoid sinning against them
my understanding is different. To me the eye is a symbol for judgment.
Better you do not know what is evil from what is good than that you, after knowing what is evil, react with vindictiveness and condemnation towards the evil doer.
To me knowledge of evil should be on experiential repulsion and emotional dissimilarity and proactive self control
Discernment of evil should NOT be based on combative aggression and bolstered hostility and violence - whether pragmatic violence through procedural neglect and transgression or mental violence through fantasies of revenge
This is why Jesus said to be careful how you listen to others
because there is a huge difference between somebody who listens to a word and interprets it through a carnal lens
And somebody who listens to the exact same word but interprets it through a spiritual lens
Likewise there is a difference between somebody who blows up a word by exposing it to the extremities of literalism
And somebody who shrewdly contextualizes and neutralizes the offence by rationalizing an explanation or sympathetic bias towards the person producing offensive language or action
So to me the eye is a symbol for the two humanities
the evil humanity of humanistic cultural idolatry
and the good humanitarianism of patience and peace
Not just the object but also the intention of the eye that evaluates that quality
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A very interesting take. It makes sense to me.