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Questions about God & Providence

QUESTIONS:

Hello Father, I want to ask some questions . . . .

1.  How faithful is God?

2.  Can God be compromised or manipulated by any human being?

3.  Will God keep to his promises?

4.  Can God be made to change his mind when he has finally made a decision?

RESPONSE:

1.  How faithful is God?

Abraham’s covenant with God hinges upon human obedience.  If he and his tribe honor and obey him then they will be his people and he will be their God.  The history of salvation demonstrates that God again and again goes beyond these terms and is faithful even when his people desert him.  It is then that God calls them back to fidelity.  Christ is faithful to his Father unto the Cross.  Such is the measure in love for the fidelity of the Lord.  His faithfulness is everlasting.   

2.  Can God be compromised or manipulated by any human being?

No, God is above human manipulation.  God knows what we want and need before we even ask him.  However, such is the will of God and our disposition as creatures that God would have us call upon him.  Divine providence is a mystery that makes a straight path from our crooked lines.  Sin brings suffering and death into our world.  God is good and in Christ we find redemption. 

3.  Will God keep to his promises?

Yes, indeed, the primary promise has already been kept.  A messiah has come to bring healing and forgiveness to a broken world.  Jesus Christ is the divine promise fulfilled.

4.  Can God be made to change his mind when he has finally made a decision?

We may speak of God relenting upon punishment but this is how we experience such as creatures locked in time.  God stands outside time in eternity or in an eternal now.  The will of God is incontrovertible.  Philosophers speak of the creator-God as the Unmoved Mover.  God knows all things, seeing and sustaining all creation in time and into eternity.