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Matthew 18:9, NIV:

And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.

Does this mean that people who are (or become) blind in this life will be blind in Heaven as well?

The logical extension of this idea would be, if you're in a car accident, and your legs are lost, and you become blind... then you die from complications a day later, you'll be a blind paraplegic in Heaven. Is this a fair understanding of the verse?

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  • I've never read "enter life" in this verse as entering heaven but as being born. So it is better to have been born (half-)blind than to live with full sight and end up in hell.
    – neil
    Sep 27, 2011 at 20:33
  • nope. the deaf will hear as well.
    – studiohack
    Nov 4, 2011 at 9:01
  • @studiohack: source?
    – Flimzy
    Nov 4, 2011 at 9:24

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Isaiah 35:5-6a,10 NIV:

Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
  and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
6Then will the lame leap like a deer,
  and the mute tongue shout for joy.
(verse 10 shows context of Zion)
10 and those the LORD has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
  everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
  and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

Just because you enter one way, doesn't mean you will stay that way. As the language of Isaiah is written you will be made whole. Besides Jesus wasn't stating you WOULD enter eternal life mamed, He was saying even if you were to enter heaven mamed, Wouldn't that be better than all of you being thrown in the fire of hell? Check out this link for other scriptures related to getting a new body in heaven, http://www.crossroad.to/heaven/contents/new_bodies.htm

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Also could this be somewhat of a theoretical question? Maybe it's not saying that you would actual enter heaven blind, but more along the lines of making the point that, even if that were the case, wouldn't that be better than the alternative?

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No, everyone who is blind or dumb or deaf in this age will be made whole in the age to come. If Jesus restored sight to the blind and made lepers walk while he was still with us here on earth, then surely he will do even greater to the saints who overcome the world in the age to come. If he did these marvelous things to mortal human beings, how much greater will the eternal saints receive from him?

This book of Revelation confirms freedom from suffering in the age to come

Revelation 21:1-4

He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them; [4] he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away. "

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