Some time ago on another board I started a thread asking if the following passage amounts to Jesus establishing a new law of divorce: 31 “Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery. To my shock, some people said, "yes," including people I never would have guessed would say "yes." They interpret the above to mean, "The old law says you must give her a certificate of divorce... but I am giving you this new law, that you must not divorce for any reason but sexual immorality." Pastors are even enforcing this new law in their churches. Since no part of the Bible contradicts any other part, we must apply the same reasoning to this text that immediately precedes the above: 27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. Therefore Jesus introduces here a new law. He is saying, the old law says you must not commit adultery. The new law says that if you look at anyone with lust, that makes you guilty of being an adulterer just like you would have been if you actually committed the offense of adultery. Now, granted, it's tough for Pastors to enforce this new law unless they can read minds. But I can guarantee that you pastors have a flock of adulterers on your hands, and I bet you're one of them (not that you'll ever admit it). Since the pastor isn't likely to enforce this new law, it's up to us to enforce it upon ourselves. What can you do to comply with this new law? Well, for one thing, Jesus said to pluck out your eye. If you don't, then you'll go to hell. It's better to go to heaven without an eye than go to hell with one. It's your flesh that is sinning, so get rid of it. That is, after all, what the new law says. Now, that sounds kind of harsh, but there's an upside to this new law of adultery. It essentially frees you from the new law of divorce. Since everyone experiences lust at one time or another, you can be certain your spouse has experienced it at least once during your marriage. He/she has therefore committed adultery, which means you are free to leave your spouse at any time and still claim, rightfully, to have a Biblical divorce. Right? Come on, now, let's be consistent. Regardless -- if the atonement rescues us from the fact that we are unable to follow the OT law, then why would Jesus issue new laws that are far more difficult to follow than the old ones?