Does God Change?

The idea that God changes or doesn’t change has significant impact not only on our theology but in our life and discipleship. Scripture speaks of God’s Law as being fixed rooted in the God of Scripture, who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. The universe is sustained and fixed in a law of order and uniformity that makes science possible and intelligible. Scripture doesn’t speak of God as being capricious, arbitrary, or creating a world of chaos. Rather God brings order to chaos and order needs consistency and uniformity.

There is a theology (Process Theology) which claims that God changes over time. The Scripture of God is true during the time it was written but as the culture and science changes we are all changing. Therefore the church must change. This theology paints a picture of everything in motion and then points the finger at the conservative line of the church as now being out of sync with the world around them and more importantly, God. Process Theologians, in my view, have abandoned the authority of Scripture, perhaps not all together, but their position allows them to dismiss any parts that they believe are contrary to their claims. I will be the first to admit I have not read much of the theologians who align themselves with Process Theology. Frankly it sounds like nonsense as soon as I begin reading, listening to podcasts, watching their videos, etc. But I have gathered, what I believe, is the essence that I’ve briefly described above. That being said, If I’ve stated something false, I’m free to be corrected because I would not want to misrepresent a position. On the other hand if I’m correct I’d ask to have my questions responded to.

The first challenge is from Scripture. God gives his Law to Israel through Moses. The commandments of God are written with the “finger of God”. (Ex 31:18) The Law is kept for life’s sake, to abandon the Law is seen as leaving the people of God and therefore to come under the curses of God. The Law is not to be added to or edited. (Dt 4:1-31) Scripture gives the testimony to the unfaithfulness of Israel who would in fact break God’s Law repeatedly. Their disobedience was committed centuries after Moses died yet God’s Law remained fixed to accuse them. They couldn’t point to the changing culture around them and find relief in God’s court, they only found condemnation.

The second challenge is from the Cross of Christ. I maintain the position that erroneous theologies are exposed at the Cross. In my estimation Process Theology is not exception. When Jesus dies on the cross he doesn’t die for his sin but my sin and all of those who would believe on him. Those who lived before him, were surrounding him, and who would live after him were all sinners. They were sinners because they broke God’s law. If Jesus died for someone who was a sinner for breaking a particular law, would someone who broke the law at another time be a sinner or obedient to God’s law? Could it be that Jesus died for a thief who later on isn’t a thief, a murderer who wouldn’t be a murderer at another time? Could the greatest sinner be more like Jesus by living a sinful life in point of history?

Thirdly I think it leads to a world that can never be intelligible. Process theologians affirm that God changes and therefore his laws change. But would they affirm the laws of logic change? Would the law of non-contradiction at one point in history be valid but not later? Could the law of excluded middle apply yesterday but not today? Would the law of identity mean something altogether different depending on culture and history? The answer is no, laws of thought don’t change, the group of sinners redeemed are guilty of an eternal law that is based on the eternal unchanging nature of God’s righteousness.