God Does Not Change?

Supposed contradiction and verses:

 God doesn’t change, but He does?

 DOES NOT CHANGE:

Malachi 3:6

For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

 James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

 1st Samuel 15:29

And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

  

DOES CHANGE:

Genesis 6:6

And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

 Jonah 3:10

And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

 Answer:

   As you have read this you see the word repent several times, and that is the word people get hung up on. To repent means to be sorry for, or to have compassion for. It also means to change, it is context that must be taken into account, so is there a contradiction? In 1st Samuel 15:29, the word repent is used in the same fashion of the Hebrew word “shanah” which means to change or alter. Men change or alter who they are and what they stand for as they experience life. God is constant, His ways have never changed, nor has what is considered good or evil in His eyes. In Genesis 6:6, its not saying He made a mistake and changed His mind. Its saying He felt sorry for what had happened to mankind. You can feel sorry over something even when you know its going to happen. In Jonah 3:10, God did not change. The city of Nineveh changed their ways and as doing such no longer deserved the judgment that was coming their way. That’s not change, that’s grace. No contradiction!

In His Grace,

            Mike Harris



 

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