Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea. And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.
Some older believers may think that they can behave sinfully without falling over. But see how Yeshu cares for simple believers like the child in verse 36. With strong language he says, ‘Never make them fall down by your own sinning.’
Better the pain of disciplining your self-serving actions and desires now than going to the unending hot hell.