religion doesn't change hearts

Philippines
September 13, 2008 8:07am CST
Jesus likened the religious Pharisess to a gorup of dishwashers who clean the outside of a cup while the inside dirty. He said, "Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you ar full of greed and wickedness. You foolish people! did not the one who made the outside make the inside also?" (Luke 11:39-40). Jesus knew that a person can change his image without changing his act (Matthew 23:1-3). He knew that religious credentials and ceremony cannot change the heart. He told one of the most religious men of His day that aunleass a person is "born again" by the Spirit, he cannot see the kningdom of God (John 3:3). Yet from that day until now, many of the most religious people in the world continue to forget that while religion can give attention to outward appearance, only Jesus can change the heart.
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@adoremay (2069)
• Philippines
19 Sep 08
Create in me a clean heart and put a new right spirit with in me. I think God changes the heart, not religion.
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• Philippines
20 Sep 08
you are certainly right.. it is God that changes and will change us.. however, it is trhough religion that we can know God..
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@adoremay (2069)
• Philippines
20 Sep 08
You see, you have to be full hearted with what you believe in. There is no such thing as gray in terms of black in white.
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@adoremay (2069)
• Philippines
20 Sep 08
black and white, I mean.
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• Philippines
13 Sep 08
Yes I agree with you religion will never change a person heart. In fact religion will just make one self-righteous and hypocrite. Unless a person be born again, he can never change.A man has no capability of transforming himself apart from the miracle of the new birth.
• Philippines
20 Sep 08
yeah.. and you are right.. a person can only be born again when he will receive JESUS as Lord and Savior....thanks..are you a christian?...
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@Zelmarq (11503)
• Cebu City, Philippines
20 Sep 08
When we open our hearts to Jesus and acept Him as our personal Lord and saviour we are new creations the new has come and the old has gone. No religion in this world has the power to change our hearts and can have a profound effect in our lives. Jesus is the only cleanser that can purify our hearts from this dark dark dark world we are in.
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• Philippines
20 Sep 08
how are you te?.. thanks for the comment. you are christian already. you knew it already then.. hehe
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@Zelmarq (11503)
• Cebu City, Philippines
20 Sep 08
Amen jing. Im glad God found me through using people to share the gospel to me. If i was not found maybe im still one of those clean in the inside and dirty in the outside, a filthy rag.
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• Philippines
21 Sep 08
clean in the inside and dirty in the outside?.. mm, i guess it is interchanged.. as it was to me.. i used to be that all clean and perfect outside, but deep in my heart lies the sins in private.. hehe.. maybe we are different... but i just thought it was interchanged...
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