Ok, have a little more time this morning.
Here is one other example, yet there are several in the bible . . . again though, I think it is a matter of perspective.
41 The next day the whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. “You have killed the Lord’s people,” they said.
42 But when the assembly gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron and turned toward the tent of meeting, suddenly the cloud covered it and the glory of the Lord appeared. 43 Then Moses and Aaron went to the front of the tent of meeting, 44 and the Lord said to Moses, 45 “Get away from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once.” And they fell facedown.
46 Then Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer and put incense in it, along with burning coals from the altar, and hurry to the assembly to make atonement for them. Wrath has come out from the Lord; the plague has started.” 47 So Aaron did as Moses said, and ran into the midst of the assembly. The plague had already started among the people, but Aaron offered the incense and made atonement for them. 48 He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped. 49 But 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition to those who had died because of Korah. 50 Then Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance to the tent of meeting, for the plague had stopped.[c]
24 At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses[b] and was about to kill him. 25 But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it.[c] “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said. 26 So the Lord let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision.)
One can argue that God didn't really change his mind, and I agree that when it comes to "at the deepest level", God doesn't change his mind. But, I see in layers and I believe on a more surface level, it isn't wrong to say He changed his mind; He relented; He repented - is that not another word for changing one's mind / course?
If the bible can use words like "God repented" (although I'm no expert on correct translation), I do not believe it is wrong or heretic to say God can change his mind . . . as long as we know He doesn't change, neither do his promises. As long as we understand it is a more surface view in that regard, I do not believe it is wrong to use that term.
I think what happens is we view these words through our negative associations. I remember the time I felt God was showing off to me, and it was real cute . . . like a Daddy playing with his child saying, "Look what I can do." It was cute and sweet. Yet, I didn't know how to tell anyone as we don't generally associate that word in a good light (or I didn't because even I struggled with the word "showing off", even as I saw no wrong in what I sensed Him doing). Shortly after that, as if in confirmation, I hear a prophetic word that the Lord would be showing off to his people. I don't think that contradicts scripture (and I will look to provide scriptures on another day there).
It may be us that are viewing it in a poor light.
And listen, I believed you all knew me well enough to know that I would never expect anyone to take one of my experiences as Orthodox theology and as doctrinally sound. I myself have preached here many a times that we shouldn't buy as truth at heart anything that the Lord hasn't revealed to us as his truth, and that it shouldn't contradict scripture.
It is a gift I am entrusted with though and I have been enriched by it, so I hope to continue sharing, especially in a place that I knew will help me with the correct interpretation in the sense of it needing to be biblically sound.
Yet, I appreciate you all mentioning it and elaborating on it because there appear to be new people here so this stuff has to be mentioned from time to time. This is why I often repeat something I have shared before on another thread, and sometimes I may just be looking to clarify because I would never look to be pushy. I'm above that . . . tee, hee, tongue in cheek (yes, that was a joke).
I also see in layers so where others may more see in black and white, I say there is a place for it in it's proper place.
Now I have often spoken against the idea that there is no black and white (I'm not saying that) because I believe at the deepest level, the most important level, it is as clear as black and white, or light and darkness. But, I see variety on the surface.
I believe also that the concept of God repenting, or changing course (as seen in proper light), helps to show us that God has included us in the process of this journey. Oh, for sure, He does the most important part, but He has given us a minor role too.
For instance, my neighbor may be hunger and I believe in allowing us freewill and including us in the process, God can relieve my neighbor of his hunger through my willingness to be his hands and feet and provide him food. Now, if I don't, my neighbor may experience hunger, but there is still a wonderful thing waiting for Him in his hunger if He leans into the Lord.
Does it always work that way . . . I don't believe that. Sure God can send someone else. God can miraculously make bread appear, but I also believe he will allow our humanity to play out too as it fits into his overall plans.
And do know I appreciate you all and appreciate the concern.
People may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord looks upon the heart - Proverbs