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Does God Change His Mind?

Dear Brother Ron

 

Does God change His mind?

 

(a) Yes. “The word of the Lord came to Samuel: “I repent that I have made Saul King...” (I Samuel 15:10 to 11)

(b) No. God “will not lie or repent; for he is not a man, that he should repent” (I Samuel 15:29)


(c) Yes. “And the Lord repented that he had made Saul King over Israel” (I Samuel 15:35).

 

Notice that the above three quotes are all from the same chapter of the same book! In addition, the Bible shows that God repented on several other occasions.

 

Achmad

 

Dear Achmad

 

The only reason why God would change His mind would be if He became aware of something he did not previously know. Since God exists in a reality beyond our concept of space and time, He has already seen the future and knows what will happen before it happens. This means it would be impossible to surprise God and make Him change His mind.

Furthermore, if God repented, this would mean that He had made a mistake. The dictionary tells us that to repent means that you regret a previous action. This means that God realized He had made a mistake. This would mean that He is not really perfect and not really God. This violates the most basic premise of monotheistic theology.

The verses cited here merely reflect the limited perceptions of the early Hebrews. Like most other religions, they tended to think of God as a being like themselves only better. In other words, God had to wait to see what we did before deciding what He would do. He was a reactionary God who reacted to human events. But if God is truly omnipotent, he can not be confined since no force is stronger than Him. This would include the forces of space and time. With our advanced understanding of the universe, we are now able to comprehend a God who is much more than a celestial Superman. We can now understand Him as the truly Ultimate Being. As such, He is not confined to our limited understanding of space and time.

We think of time as a one-way street that we travel in only one direction. To God, time is an open expanse in which He can move in any direction or all directions at once. One of my basic principles of theology is that God has a plan and the plan works. He knows the plan works because He has already seen its successful conclusion. So it would be impossible for any human to sneak up on God and surprise Him.

Of course our senses and mentality are still too limited to comprehend the totality of God. But we are getting there.

Best always