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YHWH in The Dead Sea Scrolls
God Does Change
The purpose of this series is to explain in irrefutable manner that contrary to 1700 years of church history YHWH, the God of the Bible, does indeed change, and this is in absolute harmony with the Bible.
Yes, I believe the Bible, and the Nicene Creed, as written, simple English without Kantian “higher” and “lower” categories.
I believe what it tells me and believe a lot less what others tell me about the Bible unless it matches exactly what the Bible tells me.
Many people will immediately turn on a denominational filter, their denominational worldview and immediately question this before even reading the evidence.
Not to worry, read the Bible anyway and then after seeing the evidence, you decide which you will believe, but do not check your brain at the door of your church.
First and foremost, stop telling me you believe the Bible but then follow everything your pastors, teachers, and friends tell you which directly contradicts that Bible you tell me you believe.
You need to determine which you will believe when there is a conflict between what you are being taught in church and the Bible.
If you are going to make a claim about God you ought back that claim up with a scripture passage, not a single verse taken out of its context and, therefore be pretext, and not a collection of single verses, again, taken from their context, that back you up, that is proof texting and takes the context out of every verse to prove a specific point, which is not good hermeneutics nor exegesis, it is eisegesis.
Do you remember a cult group called The Children of God that surfaced briefly in California in the 1970’s? I was at a gas station back then and one approached and handed me a tract. I read it, and, having already read through the entire Bible could not for the life of me figure out where this text was from, so, since it was extensively backed up with references I started to look up each verse.
“Where” “each paragraph” “of the text” “actually” “had quotation marks” at the “beginning” and at “the end,” it should “have read like this paragraph” with “quotation marks” “almost” “everywhere.”
Why? Because I could not identify more than three or four words form any single Bible verse. The author had strung together the words he wanted to claim were from the Bible then found those words and quoted the passage as a reference.
It was all a lie. I won’t even call it pretext or eisegesis, they had created what they wanted then foisted it on people with little knowledge creating their own religion.
We can all agree this is a bad idea, so let’s not do it in churches, shall we?
That was the ultimate proof texting, but I have seen this is major churches to back up doctrines developed by the Apostle Plato, the Apostle Aristotle, and the Apostle Parmenides.
Apostles? No? Then why would you prefer their doctrine over what the Bible clearly says.
Pastor Tim LaHaye used to say, “When the plain sense of scripture makes common sense, seek no other.” And “A verse without context is pretext.”
Memorize those two Phrases.
If you are not a Christian or do not have a church background, those three “apostles” are Greek philosophers, and that is the point. The unchanging god outside of time who knows everything that will ever happen is Greek, not Judeo-Christian.
I have believed for a long time, having read the Bible through numerous times, that God is conditioned by other free will beings, that he changes what he plans to do, and sometimes what we are planning to do in the future (see the conversion of Saul in Acts). He makes dozens of statements that prove he can be conditioned and so can the future, “If, Then” statements: If you will do “X” then I will do “Y.” At times even using both sides of the argument adding statements like “if you don’t do X, then I will Z.”
Yes, I believe in the Trinity in the classical sense, that is, not some odd variety I made up, rather, the simple Trinitarian doctrine formalized at the Council of Nicaea and believed by Catholics and Protestants. We humans are created by him in his image, and thus, are also triune beings, that is, we have a body, a soul, and a spirit.
Jehovah’s Witnesses deny this, and this make God a liar and Satan a truth teller in what we call the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. Why? Because God said man would die the day he ate the fruit, Satan took the opposite stance and said man would not die. Without man being a triune being with a soul to die, Satan told the truth and God lied. Adam’s physical life did not die that day, his spiritual life, his connection to the living God died that day.
The Trinity is logically necessary to fit all aspects of God revealed in the Bible into a cohesive form that is really not difficult to understand when explained as I have already done.
Modern Hebrew, the Name of God
In the Bible, God, YHWH changes
I hate to burst your bubble, but this is the case throughout the Bible.
We scream about the way Julius Wellhousen, et al, ignored the text and just made up things then claimed they were true, rapidly falsified by archeology, but here, most seminaries are guilty of worse than that, they look at the text and then straight faced tell you that what is says isn’t what it means. The plain sense of scripture is ignored and the text reinterpreted to mean what their worldview, their denominational presuppositions tell them.
Protestants disliked, amongst other things, the Catholic inclusion of what the church fathers though as being equal to the scriptures, but this is exactly what they then turn around and do with Calvin or Arminius, or invoke the Catholic Thomas or Augustine to back them up.
This series is meant to pull the scales off the eyes of Christians because the extreme majority believes something that the Bible clearly claims is false, the idea that God cannot change.
It tells us this over and over again, and yet we build walls to prevent that idea from sinking in, we allow pastors and seminary professors to do irrational dances around the simple reading of the Bible to try to explain why it isn’t true.
If you are critical of what some Christians have claimed and only want some intellectual fodder to argue with them over, then keep reading, there is plenty of fodder.
God Can and Does Change
God can and does change, he is conditioned by the acts of other free will beings, angels, devils, and humans he created, and, I will argue, the largest change possible in the universe happened by and to him but his own will, his plan, and by his own hand because no one else could have made this kind of change.
The Unmoved Mover is a Greek god
In light of this it is strange than many deny anything at all can change about God. The term “unmoved mover” is a Greek term, not Biblical and it was foisted onto the church by unsuspecting people trained in Greek thinking then, when they entered the church they forgot to “renew their minds.”
We will look to see where this false idea came from, and answer the question: Did the idea that God cannot change anything about himself come from the Bible?
Here is a clue. The single verse used to support this false doctrine contains, in context, where YHWH had just changed his mind.
Change in its intransitive form means to become different or undergo alteration: To undergo transformation or transition: To go from one phase to another.
The Bible uses intransitives, or, in the Hebrew and Greek, imperfect tenses of God continually, and yet, almost anyone who has gone to a church for any period of time will claim God does not change.
So much for Sola Scriptura.