Does God Change?

01 Mar

Generally we have stopped addressing other bloggers articles because our response or rebuttal usually ends up with the same message– these people are wrong because they do not believe the Bible. We want to focus on other material our readers need to aid their Christian life. But today, we have gone back to analyzing different bloggers because their content demands a response. So we will continue looking at different topics found at different websites.

God Never Changes, But God Is Constantly Changing

This is the title of the article over at formerly fundie and it is false teaching at its best. There is no biblical verse telling us that God is constantly changing. In fact when you look at the different verses talking about God and his response to his creations’ behavior you will see that all of his actions come from one unchanging nature. God is not human where he needs to learn from his mistakes or different episodes in history.

The idea that is referred to in that title comes from those who do not understand God and who do not understand how God works or exists. They look at his actions and import their own ideas and interpretations instead of obeying scripture and follow the Holy Spirit to the truth about God and how he acts.

It usually works like this: I say, “Jesus taught us to love our enemies” and they say “But there’s all sorts of violence and enemy killing in the Old Testament, and God never changes.” This fancy trick can be applied to a host of issues– just quote a random verse, add to it “God never changes” and poof, the debate is supposedly settled.

(I take that back. I bet if you told them, “There was polygamy in the Old Testament, and God never changes!” they’d reject the argument.)

Here is an example of that faulty line of thinking. Yes Jesus told us to love our enemies because we are not judge jury and executioner of their behavior. We are not God thus we have our instructions from God how to deal with our neighbor. Also, the instruction of ‘loving your neighbor’ does not exclude the idea that the neighbor may need to be punished for his criminal acts. It is people who misunderstand the Bible that brings a lot of confusion into their lives, not the instructions of or actions of God.God still punished those who disobeyed him, even though he loved them dearly.

As for polygamy, God did not institute that facet of marriage. He did not say ‘go out and have multiple mates’, he said ‘a man shall leave his parents and cleave unto his wife and the two shall become one’. Just because humans did not obey that edict does not mean that God changed about marriage or how it should be conducted. And since God did not exclude punishment and discipline from love, he did not change in how to love others.

However, beyond the constraints of God’s love-essence, God does change. In Scripture we see both that God does change his mind, and does change in how he interacts with the world within given scenarios

This is another example of how people who misunderstand scripture get to the idea that God changes. God may have changed his mind, whether it be on an inheritance issue or upcoming punishment for sin, but when we look at scripture carefully we see that either God made an escape route from punishment possible, i.e. repentance of sin, which is consistent with his mature, i.e. John 3:16-17,  or that he made an exception as in the case of a few daughters seeking an inheritance in the land of Israel. Making an exception to one’s rules is not changing one’s nature.

The verses given later in that article do not show God changing.That is simply reading into the passages what those people want to see.

God is unchanging love. But the way he loves changes all the time depending on the circumstance

This is just not true. God loves us the same and even if he changes the method he uses to demonstrate that love that still does not provide any evidence that God changes. That author further states:

Ironically, the unchanging nature of God is the very thing that causes God to be constantly changing— because love always grows, changes, and surprises us in beautiful ways.

He now states that God doe snot understand love and needs to learn how to do it correctly. That makes God on the level of human and sinful. It infers that God makes mistakes and needs to learn from them. That is heresy and not inline with whom God is.

No God does not change and if we look closely at how the Bible describes God we will see that he isn’t like a human who needs to learn. He is omniscient so there is nothing about love he does not already know. The people who write those type of articles forget these little details and decide to make God fallible instead of the infallible Being he really is. They want a God like them not like who God is, perfect, holy, superior to all, all-knowing and who never changes. They want a god who makes mistakes because that makes them feel better about themselves and that they feel they can relate to a human god better than a divine, holy One.

And here’s where that ultimately matters: the Bible invites us to be imitators of God, and God it seems, is always asking: “What’s the most loving choice out of all the options available to me?”

The concluding words of that article provide support for that final point. The final question is also heresy as that is not what God is asking us to do. We have in 1 Peter, the words ‘be ye holy because I am holy’ which is vastly different from the idea proposed by that author in that quote. Being holy does not mean we do not love, it means that we do not sin in our activities, even when we have to discipline our children or false teachers.

No God never changes for if he did, then he would not be holy and could not ask us to follow suit.

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