In all my time of reading the Bible, it seems that I have come across some really scary and even punishmentous teachings in the book of Matthew. For instance, it seems as though Matthew 5:29 may as well say; "Lust is many thousands of times more serious and many thousands of times bigger a sin than the actual act of adultery, and there is no forgiveness for lust until the part of the body that has ever, even once, caused the person to lust, is destroyed and removed from the body." Also, it seems as though Matthew 5:31-32 teaches that the victim of divorce is to suffer lifelong isolation while the suspect of divorce gets away with it, and that in the event of a divorce, it is always the victim's fault. Also, Matthew 5:38-47 seems to teach that it is wrong to avoid, or stay away from, evil people, and to submit ourselves as sacrifices to enemies so they may murder us in cold blood. And as far as I know it, the reward for avoiding/ignoring/staying away from our enemies and not having anything to do with our enemies is a long and happy life with minimal persecution. Also, and this is the scariest, and in my opinion, the meanest of them all, Matthew 16:24-28 seems to teach that it is wrong and a huge sin to save a person's life, including one's own from deadly peril, basically for one to escape from deadly peril or get someone else out of deadly peril. For instance, if a good samaritan sees someone caught in a roaring and raging flash flood, the samaritan's instincts ought to be to rescue that person from the flood, especially using ropes, cables, life vests, and winches to drag the victim to safety, or at least call 911 and report the victim in peril to the paramedics, not let the victim float away and drown. Or if a person is seen falling off a cruise ship and into the ocean, the captain's first instinct ought to be to stop the ship, lower a lifeboat full of crew, and pluck the fallen passenger from the sea, not leave him behind to drown in the middle of nowhere. Or if someone is caught in a rip current, the person ought to be allowed to do what he/she needs to do to get out of the rip current, such as swimming parallel to the shore until he/she is out of the current and can swim safely back to shore, not just let him/herself get pulled out to sea and drown. Or if you are being assaulted, the right thing, in my opinion, is to get away from the suspect and report the suspect to the police, not just sit there and let the suspect beat you to death.
Basically, it almost seems as if the book of Matthew says that we are to live a short, depressed, and sad life on Earth, and to spend our entire lives on Earth crying and suffering non stop and endless punishment, not to mention earning absolutely nothing at all from our work and labor, the glass being absolutely bone dry empty at all times, and that life on Earth is to be non stop limbo. I'd say the only thing that could have been worse would have been if Matthew had said; "It is evil and morally wrong for any person to live more than 30 years, and any person who lives upon the Earth for more than 30 years will be automatically condemned and thrown straight into the Lake of Fire upon death, no apologies ever accepted."
When I think about it, it makes me feel as though Matthew 5:17-20 may as well have said; "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. No. In fact, I have come to expand and add on to the Law, and also to put into permanent effect a zero tolerance policy for all sin. The Lord is still extremely furious with all of you because of Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, and all of you are decendents of Adam and Eve. Because of that, you are all guilty of eating the forbidden fruit, and the Lord orders all of you to get down on your knees, cry, weep, mourn nonstop, suffer nonstop punishment without resistance or escape, and show the Lord that you are sorry for eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Unless your righteousness is equal to that of the Lord, you will never enter Heaven and will be thrown into eternal fire."