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Can a bad or evil person change, find religion, and become a good person who serves God? This seems hypocritical to me.

Jesus said that all men must be born again.

"Jesus answered and said unto him, 'Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God'" (John 3:3 KJV).

To be born again means your spirit, the real you, dies and is born anew. You actually become another person.

I (Paul and all Christians) am crucified (put to death) with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
(Gal. 2:20 KJV)

Therefore if any man be in Christ (born again), he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
(2 Cor. 5:17 KJV)
When a person calls on the name of the Lord and is born again (Rom. 10:8-17), the person he was dies. A new person is born on the inside and created in the likeness and image of Jesus (Eph. 4:24). He then has the ability to live as a good person, not a bad one. However, this is usually accomplished by the process of renewing one's mind by the Word of God.

Jesus called a sinful tax collector to be one of His disciples, and then He ate at his house. Notice the reaction of the religious people:
But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, "Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?" And Jesus answering said unto them, "They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
(Luke 5:30-32 KJV)
God changes bad people into good people from the inside out through Jesus.

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Joseph Cameneti
Web site: Believers Church
Joe Cameneti Sr. is the lead pastor of Believers Church, located in his hometown of Warren, Ohio. Pastor Joe, along with his wife Gina, pioneered Believers Church in 1983 following his graduation from Bible School. In addition to leading a thriving local church, Pastor Joe is the host of a weekly show called "BCTV." The program is aired locally, reaching over 30,000 people each month. Pastor Joe is a gifted communicator, skilled in the art of building bridges to unchurched America. Transparent and authentic, you'll walk away challenged and encouraged to connect with God in a deeper way.

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