Metanoia as a change of heart and mind is, together with turning away (epistrephein) from the dominion of heathen idolatry or Jewish phariseeism, the part of conversion, a hoped-for response to preaching Gospel.
According to Nazi resister Wilhelm Busch, when a person accepts Jesus, a real revolution begins in his life. The man who accepts Jesus begins a completely new life, and God gives him his Spirit who changes one's desires and even the way of thinking and entire way of living.
- David Bentley Hart (2009). Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies, 188. ISBN 978-0-300-16429-9. “At the center of his spiritual vision was an experience of metanoia, repentance, a humble return of the prodigal heart to the High God who calls his errant children home;”
- J.C.Hoekendijk (1975). "7:Missiological Observations", Christopaganism or Indigenous Christianity?. South Pasadena, California: William-Carey Library, 146. ISBN 0-87808-423-1.
- Wilhelm Busch (2001). Jesus our destiny. Brunen Publishing. ISBN 0-86347-024-6. “When I accept Jesus, a real revolution begins in my life. I reap all the benefits of the death of Jesus: his death deals a finishing blow to my past life; I am also raised up with him and live a new life, the life of a child of God; he gives me his Spirit who changes my desires and even my way of thinking. Accept Jesus, and you will know about these things by experience. Yes, it's true; the man who accepts Jesus begins a completely new life. Becoming a child of God means that not only our way of thinking changes, but also our entire way of living.”