The Heart of the Problem
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......Is A Problem Of The Heart
Postmodernism views the heart simply as a very efficient pump that beats about 100,000 times a day as it pumps 5 quarts of blood a second.
The Bible views the heart as the very centre of human personality and the core of our being.
PROVERBS 4:23 Above all guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.
It's Not What Goes In - It's What Comes Out That Makes You Dirty In God's Eyes MARK 7:14-23
Many people believe that human beings are basically good. The Pharisees and religious leaders in Jesus' time had all sorts of rules and religious rituals to try to keep themselves ritually clean in an effort to impress God with their piety.
Jesus' disciples come to him and ask him to explain what he meant when he told the Pharisees that it isn't what goes into a person that makes him dirty in God's eyes.
"Don't you understand it either?" Jesus says to them.
"What goes into you goes into your mouth and then into your stomach, and eventually passes out of your body. It doesn't go into your heart.
The things that make a person dirty in God's eyes are in his/her heart. Things like........evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly and so on......"