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Why does God regret His decisions ?
« on: October 08, 2017, 02:36:21 AM »




Why does God regret His decisions ?





Offline francis drake

Re: Why does God regret His decisions ?
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2017, 06:07:22 AM »



Why does God regret His decisions ?
You'll have to be more specific than that.

Nevertheless, as God knows the end from the beginning, he also knows the outcome of all decisions.
Disturb us Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves. When our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little. When we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us Lord, to dare more boldly. To venture on wider seas. Where storms will show your mastery; Where, losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask you to push back the horizons of our hopes; And to push into the future, in strength, courage, hope and love.                     (SIR FRANCIS DRAKE 1577)

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Re: Why does God regret His decisions ?
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2017, 08:30:44 AM »
Hello there,

The word, 'regret' is not used of God, but the word, 'repent':-

'And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth,
and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
And it repented the LORD that He had made man on the earth,
and it grieved Him at His heart.
And the LORD said,
"I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth;
both man, and beast,
and the creeping thing,
and the fowls of the air;
for it repenteth me that I have made them.'

(Gen 6:5-7)
 
* See also:-  Exod.32:14; Judg.2:18; 1 Sam.15:11,35; 2 Sam.24:16; 1 Chron.21:15; Psa.106:45; Amos 7:3; Jon.3:10; Zech.8;14

* Compare with Romans 11:29 & context:-

'For I would not, brethren,
that ye should be ignorant of this mystery,
lest ye should be wise in your own conceits;
that blindness in part is happened to Israel,
until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
And so all Israel shall be saved:
as it is written,
"There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer,
and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
For this is my covenant unto them,
when I shall take away their sins."

As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes:
but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes.
For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.'

(Romans 11:25-29)

'The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent,
Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.'

(Psa 110:4)  '

* See also:-  Jer. 4:28

* Very often God 'repented' on merciful grounds, and when entreated (Joel 2:13, Exo.32:12; Deut.32:36; Psa.90:13; Psa.135:14; Jer.18:8; Jer.26:3; Jer.42:10; Ezek.24:14; Joel 2:14; Jonah 3:9): or when man repented and their behaviour changed; for He is gracious: but look at the references given individually, in their context, and the reasons for God having done so will be made clear. 

* See also, Num.23:19;1 Sam.15:29 (context is vital).
 
Hoping this helps.
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Cariad

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Offline John

Re: Why does God regret His decisions ?
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2017, 09:46:13 AM »
God sees and knows the depths of our depravity and because he also knows the heights of splendour, joy and holiness we could reach he also knows sorrow.

It is part of God's mercy that we are involved in the work of salvation, God uses our witness, prayers and efforts to bring people to salvation and the language used in the bible is of a united effort. So God warns that there is a punishment coming, people listen and repent and because they repented no punishment comes and it looks like God has changed his mind.

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Re: Why does God regret His decisions ?
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2017, 02:22:40 PM »
God is not impassive and unfeeling.
He knew that the human race would rebel, and sin, and cause each other pain. When God sees that happening, He grieves (in other words, 'regrets') - even though He knew that it would happen.
"God has saved us and called us to a holy life - not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace." (II Timothy 1:9)

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Re: Why does God regret His decisions ?
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2017, 03:40:21 PM »
Much has already been said and very well too, since this is what came to mind on seeing the op.

And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. Genesis 6:6kjv

 That is what shows the grevious nature of sin, in falling short of God's glory. For flesh is hostile towards Him.

And this is the condemnation, that light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. John 3:19

Nevertheless, the nature of God is to foreknow everything inside out and work out His plans, through the interactions of man.

An example of this is :
He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:11-13

Yet He is grieved at the time of man rejecting Him,  within that moment of the ultimate plan.


For He is omniscient and therefore must have  foreknown that it was worth fulfilling for the sake of those who respond to Him. That is also when that is in eventuality.

For the Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

Yet His plan may not be worth fulfilling for those who don't and never will.

However, its worth rejoicing over, if you have accepted God and are part of  His plan.

That shows that you are important to Him, when you responded to Christ.

For God has sustained creation for your sake and for those He foreknows in responding to Him.2 Timothy 2:10 Matthew 24:22

By you not rejecting Him but by receiving Him, in repentance.


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Re: Why does God regret His decisions ?
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2017, 01:43:50 AM »
1 Samuel 15:11 KJV I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions." Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the LORD all that night.
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Exodus 32:14 KJV So the LORD changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people.



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Re: Why does God regret His decisions ?
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2017, 08:29:45 AM »
- 1 Samuel 15:11
- Exodus 32:14

'Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying,
"It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king:
for he is turned back from following me,
and hath not performed my commandments." ... '

(1Sa 15:10,11)

'And the LORD repented
of the evil which He thought to do unto His people.'

(Exo 32:14) 

* Why have you singled out these two verses particularly?

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* In the first (1 Samuel) God 'repented' that He had made Saul king.  Why was this? Samuel explains in his words to Saul in (1Sam 15:22,23) 

'For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD,
He hath also rejected thee from being king.'

 
This change of mind on God's part, caused by Saul's wickedness, was unalterable.

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* In the second (Exodus) God does not bring the judgement upon Israel, that their idolatry warranted, His mind was changed by the intercession of Moses.

* Repentance means a change of mind in each instance.

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