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Metanoia is a Greek term used repeatedly in the New Testament to mean repentance or penance. It comes from the Greek words "Meta", meaning after, beyond, or with, and "Noia", meaning thought.

Metanoia as a change of heart[1] 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.[2]

Real revolution

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.[3]


  1. 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;” 
  2. J.C.Hoekendijk (1975). "7:Missiological Observations", Christopaganism or Indigenous Christianity?. South Pasadena, California: William-Carey Library, 146. ISBN 0-87808-423-1. 
  3. 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.”