No scientific achievement has attracted more interest in our day than the transplanting of a human heart. No doubt in future years we will see persons walking around whose blood is sent coursing through their bodies by the heart of another person. Probably such transplants will always be rare, however, for the right combination of donor and recipient will always be hard to achieve, technical problems will always be great, and the body’s tendency to reject foreign tissue will continue.

Not surprisingly, recent interest has centered on the physical aspects of this remarkable operation. If we shift our thoughts to the spiritual condition of the human heart (the mind, soul, and spirit, the entire emotional nature), we are confronted with truths of eternal import that God has revealed.

The Bible gives us the diagnosis of mankind’s condition, and it is depressing. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately corrupt; who can understand it?” (Jer. 17:9). Jesus tells us the symptoms of this condition: “Out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander” (Matt. 15:19).

If we are willing to face up to the truth, we know that these evil things lurk within our own hearts. The crime, violence, discord, and sorrow of life are the result of depravity in the human heart.

The divine laboratory is uncomfortably clear in its diagnosis. “I the LORD search the mind and try the heart” (Jer. 17:10a). This gives no comfort to those who would like to hide their condition from him.

God’s procedures are different from man’s. “The LORD sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7).

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