Most of my friends have already heard this story, so bear with me!
My parents accepted Jesus as their savior during the 70’s when the “Jesus Movement” was in full swing. They were (and still are) radical about Jesus, preaching, soul winning on the streets..and in the clubs, and the bible.
The CRAMMED everything they could and had bible studies nightly with a group of friends who were just as radical as they were. These were young Christians who took the bible as the literal written Word of God.
One day, my mom & dad got a very disturbing phone call…one of their bible study attendees was at the hospital with an EYE PLUCKED OUT!!!!
My mom and dad rushed to the hospital to pray and comfort their friend. Then, they got the full story about what happened…
As it turns out, their friend was envious of a neighbor’s life. Jealous of her husband, her car, her home, and her job. She couldn’t stop looking at her neighbor through the window and wishing it was her own life. She was so obsessed that she went to scripture for the answer. What she read was, “if your eye offends you, pluck it out.” Matthew 18:9. AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT SHE DID!!!!