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  • Redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb

    The issue is not about the heart as a vital organ, a muscle that pumps blood throughout the body. Neither is this issue concerned with romantic, philosophical, or literary definitions.

    Instead, we’ll focus on what the Bible has to say about the heart. The Bible mentions the human heart almost 300 times. In essence, this is what it says: the heart is that spiritual part of us where our emotions and desires dwell.

    Before we look at the human heart, we’ll mention that, since God has emotions and desires, He, too, can be said to have a “heart.” We have a heart because God does. David was a man “after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22). And God blesses His people with leaders who know and follow His heart (1 Samuel 2:35; Jeremiah 3:15).

    The human heart, in its natural condition, is evil, treacherous and deceitful. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” In other words, the Fall has affected us at the deepest level; our mind, emotions and desires have been tainted by sin—and we are blind to just how pervasive the problem is.

    We may not understand our own hearts, but God does. He “knows the secrets of the heart” (Psalm 44:21; see also 1 Corinthians 14:25). Jesus “knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man” (John 2:24-25). Based on His knowledge of the heart, God can judge righteously: “I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:10).

    Jesus pointed out the fallen condition of our hearts in Mark 7:21-23: “From within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man unclean.” Our biggest problem is not external but internal; all of us have a heart problem.

    In order for a person to be saved, then, the heart must be changed. This only happens by the power of God in response to faith. “With the heart one believes unto righteousness” (Romans 10:10). In His grace, God can create a new heart within us (Psalm 51:10; Ezekiel 36:26). He promises to “revive the heart of the contrite ones” (Isaiah 57:15).

    God’s work of creating a new heart within us involves testing our hearts (Psalm 17:3; Deuteronomy 8:2) and filling our hearts with new ideas, new wisdom, and new desires (Nehemiah 7:5; 1 Kings 10:24; 2 Corinthians 8:16).

    The heart is the core of our being, and the Bible sets high importance on keeping our hearts pure: “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

  • It’s not just Christians who say that…

    Also

    Many people believe that the soul/spirit is in the heart.

  • Correction… All YOUR heart does is pump blood.

    2 Corinthians 3:13-15
    New King James Version (NKJV)

    13 unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. 15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.

  • It’s a ffgure of speech you MORON!

  • When people say "heart," they aren’t referring to the organ.

  • "heart" in scripture refers to the seat of the emotions and intellect – one’s innermost being

    we know it today as the brain

    it’s figurative language as in "Let’s get to the heart of the matter."

    Stay in school.

  • Well, they like to use allegories. That’s there way of dodging a proper demonstration

  • The diaphragm that allows you to breathe is controlled by the brain and in times of emotional distress it tenses up a bit causing a feeling near the heart. so that is what the feeling in the heart is, you feel it in times of extreme sadness, nervousness, or happiness.

  • I think they are referring to a metaphorical heart and/or they believe there is more there than we have been able to discover.

    Btw your heart doesn’t just pump blood, it is also a minor endocrine organ. =)

  • It not meant to be taken literally. It simply means a persons innermost being, their subconscious if you will.

  • I am already disturbed. Please come in

    If you look up a chart on where our electro-magnetic energy is centered, you will find it is not the brain.

  • Christians aren’t referring to the literal heart, but the figurative heart; "the seat of all motivation" or the conscience of man.

    Jeremiah 17:9…"The heart is treacherous than anything else, and is desperate."

    Proverbs 4:23…More than all else that is to be guarded; safeguard your heart, for out of it are the sources of life.

    Romans 10:10…For with the heart one exercises faith for righteousness, but with the mouth one makes public declaration for salvation.

    I too place the Bible’s knowledge over mans…God made man and every part of his body, giving him the ability to think and grow and learn and appreciate his Creator and all things created.

    Romans 1:20-21..For his invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship; so that they are inexcusable. [21] because although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God nor did they thank him, but they became "empty-headed" in their reasonings, and their unintelligent heart became darkened.

    That sounds like many so-called intelligent folks today. ~sigh~

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