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Shamoun on Matthew 5:27-28









Sam Shamoun has written yet another article on the prophet’s marriage with Zaynab, it is obvious he is running out of papers to write so he is simply repeating himself to make it seem like he has anything meaningful to say.


The purpose of this article is not to respond to his points on this marriage, since this topic has already been extensively dealt with. I will however be responding to a small point Shamoun made when he quotes the Bible to use it as a good argument Islam, namely Matthew 5:27-28, apparently Shamoun did not know he was damaging his argument that helping it.


Shamoun claimed:

There are several problems with this set up, not the least of which are the moral ramifications of this episode. The God of the Holy Bible, Yahweh Elohim, has this to say about those who have desires for married women:

"You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart." Matthew 5:27-28




How nice of Shamoun to quote these passages, yet it seems he is shy or ashamed to quote the rest of the passages. Since he is shy/ashamed of quoting the rest, I shall be more than happy to quote his Gospel for him. Let us read Matthew 5:27-30:


  27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:  28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.  29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.  30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. 


So note what the passages continue to say, they say if your eye commits an offense, such as looking at a lady lustfully you should then pluck your eye out! So why did not Shamoun quote this part to show what else people should do when they stare at a women lustfully. Now ask yourself, can you actually follow this law? And, why do Christians not follow this rule and put in place? Shamoun loved to quote verses 27-28, but why does he not implement the rule to punish this action?


But now Shamoun much like his Christian brethren will claim that verses 29-30 are not to be taken literally, and that Jesus did not literally mean for a person to pluck their eye out. For instance this is what one Christian commentator did:


Pluck it out, etc. It cannot be supposed that Christ intended this to be taken literally. His design was to teach that the dearest objects, if they caused us to sin, were to be abandoned; that, by all sacrifices and self-denials, we must overcome the evil propensities of our natures, and resist our wanton imaginations. Some of the Fathers, however, took this commandment literally. Our Saviour several times repeated this sentiment. See Matthew 18:9; Mark 9:43-47. See also 3:5. (http://www.studylight.org/com/bnn/view.cgi?book=mt&chapter=005)

I will not argue with Christians on this, if they say this isn’t supposed to be literally I will say okay, however so, this then also means that verses 27-28 are not also to be taken literally. Just as verses 29-30 were not literal; the same applies to verses 27-28, Jesus was simply trying to make people avoid looking lustfully at women since it could lead to evil actions and the inevitable sin of fornication.

So Christians should make their minds up, if they believe verses 27-28 are literal, which is looking at a female lustfully is adultery, then they should also agree verses 29-30 are the literal punishment for this bad act.




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