How exactly do we know that this isn't meant literally? Do we only assume it because the thought that he might really have meant it is too scary? Who decides what is literal and what isn't? How is a person which simply reads the bible supposed to know that this isn't meant literally? What if a person reads this and wants to obey Jesus and then cuts off her hand or plucks out her eye? In fact I heard that there was a woman which did this and then expected God to heal her. Most christians will say that this woman was crazy because she did this, but what if she simply didn't know it any better? After all where do we know that this isn't meant literally?