How Do the Pure in Heart See God?

   “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8).

   “This verse means people that go all out, not halfway, will see God,” says Matthew, age 9.

   Lukewarm Christians make Jesus nauseated to the point of vomiting. I’m not making this up. Read Revelation 3:16.

   Have you ever been in love and heard the words “I just want to be friends?” Remember that sick, sinking feeling? You almost wish you’d heard “I never want to see you again.” It’s better to know where you stand than to be offered a half-hearted relationship.

   “If your heart is good and doesn’t think bad things, you shall see God,” says William, 10. “But you also have to believe in Jesus, for works cannot take you to heaven.”

   Yes, it’s bad thinking that gets us into trouble. It’s especially bad when you’re counting on good deeds for entrance into heaven’s gates.

   The religious leaders of Jesus’ day upheld a tradition of thousands of laws created as a fence around the law given to Moses. The idea is that you won’t steal a cookie if you can’t reach the cookie jar. This resulted in a religion of rituals focused on outward cleanliness.

   Jesus challenged the prevailing religi ...

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