Metanoia meaning

Metanoia means after or change (meta) thought (noia). In other words, a change of thinking. The word metanoia was neither religious nor was it necessary to change one’s mind about something bad. Therefore, the context of the word metanoia determines what a person had to change their mind. Repentance needs an object. It cannot be translated as “repent” and even worse, “repent of your sins”. A grave error was made by Jerome to translate metanoia into the Latin word for penance (though it was the prevalent teaching of the day).