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Does God Change His Mind

Does God change His mind, or does He change the situation? Can God repent of doing something?

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God is not a changing God. He is a person who will always be the same. That person is a merciful person, who does not lightly deal out punishment. He warns us and warns us. Then when we do evil, he often says 'I warned you, but I will give you another chance.' Eventually the chances run out.
---frances008 on 5/28/08

Yes>>>God can repent on doing something. And yes, God can change His mind. And yes God can change the situation. He can do all three.
---catherine on 5/28/08

Hebrews 13:8 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever."

If a passage seems like God changed His mind, it's probably a good idea to study it out and really look for what's going on.

About Gen 6:6 describing God's pain over the wickedness of men He'd created, the KJV uses "repented", but other versions say He was "grieved", "very sad". It is difficult for human words to describe God's emotions, but I dont think He repented like we repent.
---Todd1 on 5/28/08

God doesn't change His Mind or "HIS WORD"!
---Elisabeth on 5/28/08

God knows the beginning from the end. I believe Prayer changes us and bring us into submission. When the Lord has accomplished His will in our heart as in the life of Job for an example, it may seem our prayers are answered, but maybe in fact it was already waiting for us at the appointed time.

We don't always get what we ask for, but we do receive according to His will, when we pray according to His will.
---kathr4453 on 5/28/08

Prayer changes things! God can and does answer prayers and requests.
---lisa on 5/25/08

God is an immutable God. In times when man thinks that God changes, it is just that we cannot fully grasp His standards and principles in dealing with His people. His judgment lies on His unchanging standard and principle of holiness that he will give grace and mercy to those who will repent and punishment and wrath to those who will not repent. Blessing to those who obey and curse to those who are disobedient. He exercises His unchanging attitude toward the repentant and the sinner.
---ryan3888 on 10/11/07

Perhaps it is just that God changes the situation. I am so glad that you asked this question. Repent>>Means God's grieving, Deep breathing of distress, pitying, and changing His mind. God can most certainly change His mind about the evil He had planned to do.God can also change His mind about His good intentions.This is not limited to one section of the OT but can be found throughout the law, the prophets, and the writings. Read all about it>>Exodus 32:12,14. and Jeremiah 8:10.
---catherine on 10/8/07

There are many times in the Bible when God changed his mind. Only to prove that man can't do it by himself. The one that comes to mind is when God insisted that Israel should not have a king, but with the persistant pressure from the Israelites, He allowed it. It's been a mistake ever since.
---Steveng on 10/1/07

God does not change, we have to change to adapt to his teachings, not the other way around.He is the same yesterday,today, & forever.
---Candice on 10/1/07

Of course God changed His mind! When Jesus was here on earth he told the people not to worry about the ten commandments and that His death would cover up their sins. He also said that His grace was sufficient, so don't worry, be happy! Clearly, the above is nonsense! God is the same today and for ever and will not change! Just don't use Paul's writings and you will be fine.
---Dr._Rich on 10/1/07

Many times prayer changed God's plan of doing something. Once is when Moses prayed for God not to destroy the Israelites and he didn't. God also changed his mind about destroying Nineveh in 40 days. They repented and God didn't destroy them. I wonder if they wanted to stone Jonah for a false prophecy? God can do what he wants to. He is God and changes not from being exactly that. Which gives him the permission to change his mind when he pleases.
---john on 10/1/07

Multiple texts tell us that God never changes. The account of the flood speaks of God being sorry that he made man. This would seem to suggest that He changes but He really didn't. He didn't wipe out man entirely as He would have had he changed His mind over the whole earth drama.
I imagine that He really hated to allow sin to reveal its true nature but knew that it was necessary to eliminate it once and for all.
---robin8683 on 10/1/07

God does not change.
He loved man.
He hates sin.

When man continually sinned, God was deeply grieved and repented(regretted) having made him.
God is omniscient and He foreknew but this does not mean he does not feel for His creations.
---Andrea on 10/1/07

Well...WE certainly need to change OUR minds about things...since we are wrong, mistaken, and because He has better for us than we have set out for. But...if **He*** changes about something > it's not because **He***was wrong. He changes, but not because He has changed from how He is or from the good He was going to do. Man sinned-so, before the flood, so God had to repent from how He had things ready to bless with man. He couldn't use a bunch of horseflies to operate a bee hive producing honey (o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 10/1/07

Only if you say that God controls every action of men and of Satan do yuo have to use the word "repent" for the times he changed His mind.
If you allow that men have free will, then He is responding to their actions.
---alan_of_UK on 10/1/07

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