What is matthew 13:36-43 and mark 9:42-48 talking about?Are these people alive?
Matt 13:36-40 is talking about true versus false teachings. 41 does tell us that Jesus will also clean out from his kingdom, people who are doing lawlessness. The fact that both false teachings and false teachers will be cast into the fiery furnace shows that Jesus will not allow either to remain alive and well in his kingdom. Of course, these people continue living outside his kingdom, as they weep and gnash their teeth. Truth does not appeal to them, so they want to stay in their lies, but this does not make them happy. However, Mark 9:42 helps us to understand that they will drown in their lies. 43 to 48 helps us to understand that no matter what it is that stumbles us, no matter how much we love it or feel we need it, we must cast it away from us. Nothing is worth Jehovah finding us unacceptable. with affection from Marken