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Many times, true believe is a process.

We first start by following family traditions and trying to be nice good people.

This is because to our eyes, religion is simply a set of rules observed by nice people.  Therefore, if I am religious, I am a nice person.  Unfortunately, for many of us, this is not true.  None religious makes me a good person.  If anything, it could have the opposite effect.

Most of the time, a dramatic experience is necessary to bring us into the knowledge that we are incapable of being as nice as we believe we are.

Religion involves us into set of rules that if we conform to those rules, we may be called righteous.  The problem with that, is that righteousness is not about following rules.  It’s all about having a good heart.  In other words, is having a natural inclination to do good regardless of what we receive back.   If you analyze Jesus and his interaction with the pharisees, this was what he was meaning by being born again.

The path of righteousness is more like wake up, and know the true, stay alert, do not play fool.  Believe in God and the only way to understand the will of God is by getting to know what Jesus really mean every time he spoke.

The study of the gospels and following them, is the key to the true and the everlasting life that Jesus speaks about.

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The one who is not born again won't enter the kingdom of God

Receive the kingdom as a child
The new birth in Jesus Christ was very popular at one point, but it seem to be loosing importance in our churches today. The true is that the bible says that whoever is not born from water and from the Spirit will not enter the kingdom of God. To be born again seems to be vital to reach salvation.

First, we are born from water through baptism. We commit to believe and live according to the scriptures. In few words, we commit to fallow Jesus in everything he said. This part takes a great deal of self control and discipline. Few people are naturally well disciplined and have a great deal of self control. These group make wonderful religious people. Probably this is the group that won’t put our churches in shame.

But there is another requirement to reach salvation. We need to repent and born from the Spirit. This is easy to understand for all of those who are sinners to the eyes of everyone. It’s easy for those who have no sense of self discipline and neither self control to recognize that only a miracle from God can save them. That was the case of the women who cry at Jesus feet and dry his feet with her tears. She was repented from her heart. She could see that she did not deserve to be saved, that she needed The Lord desperately on her life.

But the big true is that we are all sinners and none of us deserve salvation for what we had done. Salvation is a gift to those who find grace on Him.

The second baptism or new birth is the one from the Spirit. Through the spirit, we gain a new heart capable of loving, full of faith, joy, peace. A meek heart, humble and good, capable of controlling himself. The fruit of the Spirit produces in us a sincere repentance and it convince us of sin. John 16:8 “GOD’S WORD Translation
He will come to convict the world of sin, to show the world what has God’s approval, and to convince the world that God judges it.”

The Holy Spirit also purifies our hearts giving us clean and pure heart according to God.

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