Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Does God Change His Mind?

I do not believe that Openness Theology is an accurate presentation of God’s truth. With such verses as Acts 2:23; Romans 8:29, 9:23; and Ephesians 1:11 amongst others, it is obvious that God both has planned and knows all things. With words such as “predestine,” “foreknowledge,” and “foreordained,” the Scriptures testify to the omniscience of God. If we believe the Scriptural claims related to these words, as well as prophetic citation and fulfillment, we must believe that God has fully determined all things. This can only mean that the future is not open. While systematic theologians argue from the point of immutability, openness theologians argue from the point of limited omniscience. If the Scriptures say that God changed His mind, it is in relation to the behavior of man, not the knowledge of God nor the unchanging nature of God. Both blessings and curses in the Old Testament are based upon the actions of men, with particular activity or inactivity resulting in a particular response from God. Using 1 Samuel 15:29, King Saul had disobeyed God’s command to fully destroy the Amalekites and all they had. While God did not specifically indicate a qualifying blessing/curse in accordance with Saul’s actions as king at his coronation/anointing, Deuteronomy 6-7 does indicate warnings and promises related to the command of God. The changing of God’s mind solely rests upon our repentance in relation to His curses and our obedience in relation to His blessings.

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