You can listen and hear, but you cannot hear without having at first a willingness to listen.
People define God’s law as they see fit. Instead of stretching definitions to suit our own benefit, what if we strictly defined the law in accordance with God’s original intent.
Exodus 20:13 KJV Thou shalt not kill. Seems clear enough, but man changes it to thou shalt not murder. We search out excuses. It’s okay in war, it’s okay in self defense, it’s okay if someone breaks into your home, it might be okay if adultery was involved, maybe there are extenuating circumstances, maybe it’s only manslaughter.
Exodus 20:9-10 KJV …thou shalt not do any work,… Yet, man says it’s not work if it was necessary. It’s not work if you wanted to do it. Even if it was work, surely God won’t hold it against me.
If you’ve never read Corinthians you may skip this paragraph. For those of you desirous of learning and keeping the law, keep reading. 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 seems pretty clear. The only question is what is Church. Is it a building? Is it a time? Is it a combination of the two? Is it whenever and wherever two or more are gathered together in Christ’s name? This like all of God’s law depends on the heart of the listener.
When you read or hear the law seek understanding. When you have understanding seek strength. When you find yourself seeking excuses – you should know you are definitely walking in the wrong direction.
When you realize your walking in the wrong direction, there remains 1 John 1:9. Turn and define (live) the law favorably within God’s original intent. Why? Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:14 KJV
I’ve heard this said or asked about the teachings of Jesus Christ. Or phrased another way, did he really mean that?
If it’s in the Holy Bible KJV, my resounding answer is YES.
The hearer is having difficulty with a hard teaching of our Lord. You may find a rabbi or a preacher who changes the meaning by misinterpretation or softens it so that it is of little effect, but the Truth is the Truth.
Cut off your hand. Pluck out your eye. If they offend, it is better to enter life maimed than to burn in Hell. Matthew 18:8-9.
Matthew 10:34 KJV
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Luke 12:51-53 KJV
Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:  For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.  The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
And many other teachings.
If Jesus said it, he meant it, and unless it was a parable he was generally very clear about it.
1 Corinthians 14:33 KJV
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.