According to the Bible, God does not change:
I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. (Malachi 3:6)
Essentially God’s nature is forever the same, he isn’t changing over time, so for example God’s nature is to always be perfect, God is always all-knowing and so on, he didn’t gain these attributes or part of his nature after.
Now comes the problem though, at least if you believe Jesus is God in the flesh, as this was a clear change of nature. According to Christian theology, or at least Christian theology concerning those who believe in the deity of Jesus. God who is Jesus became man in the flesh, he became a very real human being, he was true blood and flesh, and had the true human nature.
God basically took on a new nature by becoming a man, this is an obvious change, and so we have a contradiction. If God became fully human and took on this new nature, which is a change, this then contradicts Malachi 3:6 and so the theological belief here is in contradiction with the Bible. Now if there is no contradiction, then the next problem is that this theological belief is therefore false or at least it’s not biblical, because the Bible makes it clear that God does not change, yet according to Christian theology he did change, and very much so by becoming a full human being. Either way you have a problem.
Christian apologists try to argue that there is no problem, they claim that God didn’t change his nature, he merely added onto his nature, so when he became a man he didn’t take away anything from his nature, he was still all-knowing, all-powerful, and everything else he always was, he merely adopted a new aspect to himself by taking on the man nature.
This is one of those moments where Christian apologists really do lower your intelligence, with all due respect. Christian apologists are basically saying God did change his nature, but instead they word it differently, instead of saying God did change, they merely say he ‘added’ to his nature, so they’ve said the same thing but in different wording to make it seem that no change has taken place.
If God ‘added’ a new nature to himself, then that it is a clear change. Was God always a man? No. Did God later on become fully human taking on the human nature-attribute? Yes. Therefore you have a clear change in nature, just because he ‘adds’ something onto himself does not mean there’s no change, adding something to yourself is clearly a change.
So either Christian apologists accept the biblical contradiction, that God did change thus contradicting Malachi 3:6, and therefore bringing the entire Bible’s reliability into question. Or they admit that their theology is indeed not biblical as it is in contradiction with the very Bible they supposedly believe, there is no middle or in-between.
25 “Of old You (Hashem) founded the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
26 “Even they will perish, but You endure;
And all of them will wear out like a garment;
Like clothing You will change them and they will be changed.
27 “But You are the same,….
Here we plainly see the unchanging nature of GOd….Even though the heavenly bodies were out and are changed. GOd does not change. He does not add human nature in an incarnation event, otherwise he would be changing His garment and therefore His word would be untrue.
“If God ‘added’ a new nature to himself, then that it is a clear change. Was God always a man? No. Did God later on become fully human taking on the human nature-attribute? Yes. Therefore you have a clear change in nature, just because he ‘adds’ something onto himself does not mean there’s no change, adding something to yourself is clearly a change.”
The addition is there to INCREASE something in God otherwise addition makes no sense. God added something to know what?
Do experience what?
To do what?
The word add itself is defined to mean to increase .
Increase in what?
Why is the INCREASE important for God?
Define the word ADD
: to join or unite so as to bring about an increase or improvement
: to say further : append
: to combine (numbers) into an equivalent simple quantity or number
: to include as a member of a group
Number one is applicable to the christian god.
God doesn’t change! He is fullness before anything happened in time. His character doesn’t change and according to Revelation 13:8 the Lamb(Jesus) was slain from the foundation. Jesus didn’t come and manifest as a change but to fulfill God’s eternal purpose to make us one with Him after Adam gave it away.
God and man are different beings with different natures and attributes. Thus, God suffered change of both nature and attributes when he supposedly became a man.
Adding another different nature and different set of attributes to His existing nature and attributes entails real change.
Thus the hypothesis of the incarnation entails real change in God which contradicts the Bible that says God doesn’t change!
What a very poor written article! (Who writes these awful articlea) seriously. Anyways, when God says He doesnt change this obviously means chracter. God is the same yesterday and today and forever. His character never changes nor does his laws. There is a grave mistake when the author makes a synonym or equal significance of the words nature and person.
When the Bible talks about God’s unchanging nature it refers to his unchanging character and not the form he takes. God came in the form of a man but was still the same loving, good, merciful, holy God.
If you think God changing his form contradicts Malachi 3:6, then I could even help you argue that God did it many times in the Bible. The holy spirit often manifested himself as wind, fire, cloud etc. In fact in the book of revelations, John saw Jesus in the form of a lamb. So God can and has changed his form several times. But the point Malachi was trying to make is that his character remains the same forever.