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I Don’t Grow Mold: Does God Change With His Creation?
I Don’t Grow Mold: Does God Change With His Creation?

When I was younger, I loved to bake. (These days, I’m lazy and only bake when I have a craving ) I would bake anything from cupcakes to brownies to cookies. Of course, as we all know, if you don’t gorge yourself with baked goods right away, they often go stale – or worse, moldy.

However, never once did I look in a pantry to grab a cookie, only to find not only have the cookies gone bad…but so have I!

Yep, that’s right – your girl has never had mold grow on herself.

That’s because my state of being is not dependent on things I’ve made. For the most part, what I have made is dependent on me. Deep Roots functions because my team and I work hard. And yes, my cookies get eaten or not depending on what I choose to eat. The things I have made are sustained or go bad by my own choices.

Open theology states that God is constantly changing and growing with His creation. This doctrine makes two assumptions: (1) God is constrained by the creation He made, and (2) God is capable of changing.

Part of open theology’s argument is that God is within time, and thus His knowledge of future events can change as those events unfold and change themselves. It suggests that God’s mind and knowledge can change as man’s does naturally. In essence, it causes God to be finite and limited in His ability, removing His omniscience and immutability.

As I explained in this post, God is incapable of changing in any way, including changing His mind. I also explained in this post that God is outside of time, and thus not constrained by His creation.

Yet, is His creation truly changing? I believe 110% evolution is NOT true, albeit that is a post for another time. Thus, man can’t be truly changing, because we haven’t evolved in any way. The only ways that mankind has changed are (1) the rise in degenerative diseases, like cancer and AIDS, and (2) the lowering life length (supposedly the average life expectancy now is 76.5 years for American men, which is higher than the 1950s when it was only 65.6 years, but we still live very short lives when you consider Adam lived to be 930 years old (Genesis 5:5)).

Bottom line: If we’re changing as a human race, it’s bad.

I don’t pay too much mind to global warming or anything related to that. Often times, you find that documentaries on these subjects are false and propaganda. I’m not too concerned, though – we know from the book of Revelation that we as believers will be taken up before the Tribulation period (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), and then afterward, we will live in the new Jerusalem (Revelation 21:1-2). Thus, even if global warming is real, we know that our world has an expiration date regardless. We should still be good stewards of the world God has given to us (Genesis 1:28), but I do not believe we need to be worried about the world suddenly ending on us before the events of Revelation transpire. This does mean, however, that the world is decaying over time and not as perfect as it was during the first week of creation.

Frances Turretin, a 17th century Swiss-Italian Reformed scholastic theologian, said, “When God became the Creator, He was not changed in Himself (for nothing new happened to Him, for from eternity He had the efficacious will of creating the world in time), but only in order to the creature (because a new relation took place with it).” Basically, God remained the same after He designed creation, because His intention from eternity has always been to do so. The only thing that was affected was us, by being made.

Concerning God not changing with His creation, the Bible says in Psalm 102:26-27, “They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.”

Just as I do not become moldy when my cookies do, so does God not deteriorate nor change His mind because we do. God is not dependent on His creation, just as I am not dependent on my baked goods.

What do you think about all of this? Tell me in the comments!

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