gp169» God's Name tells us that God is in someway moving and changing towards his completed "state," for God is the BeComingOne, for God said his Name is, I will be that I will be, He is Yehowah -- He (who) will be. But the book of Malachi said that Yehowah does not change (Mal 3:6). Others speak about the "immutability" of God.
The fathers of the Church took the "immutability of God" theory from Greek philosophers like Plato and Aristotle. Plato believed that God was always perfect and any change was for the worse. Aristotle thought that God could not change because it would prove that God was not completely actualized in all His potentialities (Note Logic and the Nature of God, by Davis, pp. 41-42). But as noted by Davis, "now the 'God' Plato speaks of in his writings is different in several respects from the Christian God ... Again, Aristotle's God is not the same thing as the Christian God" (pp. 41 & 42). The immutability of God doctrine has more to do with Grecian philosophy than with the Bible.
gp170» The champions of the immutability of God theory say, "this immutability of God is clearly taught in such passages of scripture as Exod 3:14; Pss 102:26-28; Isa 41:4, 48:12; Mal 3:6; Rom 1:23; Heb 1:11-12; Jas 1:17" (Berkhof, p. 58-59). Yet when you study these scriptures you don't see anything that compares with the descriptions of the immutability doctrine just quoted from Berkhof's book (p.58). Shockingly, we see the immutability doctrine is described in almost the same words used by Plato and Aristotle when they characterize their God(s).
gp171» Plato's God was:
gp172» Aristotle wrote in his Metaphysics:
gp173» Plato wrote in his The Republic:
Therefore, according to this way of thinking, God does not change because he is already perfect, and any change would have to be "for the worse." But the theory ignores the Law of Knowledge among other things and limits what God can do. For one thing, change in and of itself is not negative. With the immutability theory God cannot create something new or change at all. Anything that cannot change is actually dead. Those who propagate an immutable God are describing a dead god, not the live God of the Bible. The immutability theory, when you understand the Law of Knowledge, is nothing but a naive theory, not very well thought out. But we cannot explain this until you yourself understand the fundamental Law of Knowledge, which we cover in Part 7 of the God Papers.
gp174» This unchangeable or immutable "God" of the great Grecian thinkers is not the one found in the Bible. The Grecian mindset could not and did not admit that God in any way at all could be becoming. Thus they refused to translate God's Name correctly. But God said His very Name was "He (who) Will-Be" or the "BeComingOne." The true God emphasized His Name over and over in scripture. Names in the Bible were used to describe certain important aspects of people. The true God said He was He will be, that he was Yehowah, or the BeComingOne. Some important aspect of Him is becoming. As explained previously, the real God used an imperfect Hebrew verb for His Name:
gp175» If God is becoming, then He is not immutable in the sense that the Grecian mindset taught. What the Bible teaches about God is not what the Grecian mindset teaches about God. The essence of God is called a "mystery" because hundreds of scriptures are being overlooked that would teach us what God's essence really is. Do we wish to believe what the Bible teaches about the essence of God, or do we wish to continue being blinded by the Grecian mindset? This is serious. We must pay attention to scripture, not to the theological courses taught inside the Grecian mindset.
gp176» One sense of God's changeability is that throughout the Bible it shows God changing his actions toward people depending on the people's good or bad behavior (Lev 26:3; Pss 18:25-26; Prov 3:32-35ff, 14ff, 40ff; Exod 32:9-13; Jer 18:7-10; etc). If Israel follows God's commandments they receive a just reward. If Israel does not follow God's commandments, they receive a judgment (note Deut chap 28; etc.). The same applies to others besides Israel, for the true God is the God of all (Rom 3:29; Eph 4:6). The true God judges according to the ways of people: "the soul that sins, it shall die ... the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him" (Ezek 18:20). Another sense of God's changeability is manifested in the God Papers. But this change in no way diminishes the Power of God. We cannot speak of this change yet. Do read on.
gp177» Scripture indicates that the unchangeableness of God is his unchangeable words, his unchangeable truth (Isa 31:2, 46:11, 55:11; Heb 6:17-18; etc.) and his all mighty power (Gen 17:1; 1Chr 29:12; Isa 44:24; etc). God gave his Word that he will not totally consume Israel (note Exod 32:9-13, 33:1; Lev 26:44-45; Isa 65:8-9), because it is through Israel that the true Seed or Savior was to come, so for the sake of His word and His Name Israel is not consumed (note Ezek 36:21-22ff; Isa 48:9). The statement of Malachi ("I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed") merely indicates that God's word does not change, for he has promised that the true seed would come from this nation. The word translated "change" in Mal 3:6 is Strong's #8138 which has more to do with duplicity or changing one's promises than changing one's nature or power. To keep his word, to not lie, God must not consume the nation before the Seed came. Read the "Seed Paper" [PR 1] to understand more about God's promises to Israel and how God kept these promises.
gp178» Jesus Christ is not the same "forever" as Heb 13:8 in some English translations say, for this is incorrectly translated since it should be "Jesus Christ the same [or the very one], and into the ages" (see Greek text; see "Age Paper" [NM7]). What is unchangeable about God (or Jesus Christ) is his words, his love, his promises, and his power. These things are unchangeable because God does not lie, and he has all the power and life in his hands. In fact God is life (John 5:26; Acts 17:28). The fact that God is life does not change. The fact that God is all-powerful does not change. The fact that God does not lie does not change. But since God is the BeComingOne, then something about God is now changing. What is changing about God was manifested in the Bible. The God Papers will manifest the becomingness of God. Do read on.
gp179» In Pss 55:19 it speaks of those who do evil as not changing: "they do not change" (NKJV). Does this mean they are immutable? Of course not. Those who use the "I change not" in Mal 3:6 to prove their immutability of God theory are taking scripture out of context and using it to infuse the Greek theory of immutability into Christianity. They are not using scripture to find out who or what the God is, but want to hold on to myth instead of finding the truth. The very Name of God is "He (who) Will-Be." Thus, in some way God is changing. The God Papers expound on this.
gp180» In Stephen T. Davis's Logic and the Nature of God, he admits,
This "classical doctrine of divine immutability" that Davis is writing about is the Grecian influenced ideas, which are not Biblical.
There are ways in which God changes over time, but one thing that
does not change is His power and the fact that God cannot lie (Isa
46:11; Heb 6:17-18; 1John 5:18). The true God has all the
power. But in someway God does change. The God Papers
amplify on the nature of these changes.
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