RELIGION ROUNDTABLE

God never changes

Is God perfect? Yes! How do we know that He doesn’t make mistakes, has had a bad day, or regrets what has happened on His watch?

We know that He doesn’t make mistakes, has never had a bad day, and has never regretted what has happened on His watch because He is the ABSOLUTE perfect ONE.

These questions usually pop up because people try to figure out how a perfect God could have created sinful humans and fallen angels (demons), or how a perfect God could have created something that was imperfect.

As for God, His way is perfect (Psalms 18:30), and He is love (1 John 4:8), perfect love. Perfect love has no fear. People who fear tell lies, and it is impossible for God to lie.

When we choose not to love God, He does not fall out in the floor and throw a temper tantrum. He wants us to love Him, but He knows that the choice must be ours, and that outside of free will choice, there can be no true love.

God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He is always love. He does not change.

We like to compare people by saying that one is more loving than the other, but God is love even if you were comparing the most loving Christian in the world with the most vile person in the world.

Those who love God, and accept His free gift of love through His Son, will spend eternity with Him, and those who reject Him won’t, but there will be no regrets on God’s part.

— Bob McClain, Living By Faith Ministry, Oxford

God is not like us

We believe we worship a “personal” God, which is to say we believe that God knows us and makes Himself known. He reveals Himself in prayers answered or events in which He has taken an active part.

Virtually all of us have had moments in our lives when we can’t imagine how we survived — a car accident, a fall from a tree, a financial disaster or just simply overwhelmed by life and living.

Some people might just say they were “lucky” or they made it through by their own great intellect and strength. People of faith might go one step further and suggest we survived by the grace of God when He intervened in our lives.

When we suggest that God is “personal” we are not saying that God is like us. We are made in His image, not the other way around.

God is not like us — forgetful, petty, sinful, prone to mistakes and failures.

We should enjoy our “personal” relationship with God and not assume that, because He speaks to us or makes His presence felt in our lives, He is anything like us.

— Ed Sellers, Church of the Good Shepherd, Anniston

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