How can I address the issue of God being unchanging without basing myself on the Bible which a skeptic doesn’t believe in?

Hi, @Nathan_Betts! Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions.

I have a friend who has decided that God evolves as we do. So while in Old Testament times, He didn’t value women (Lev. 27:5), was ok with slavery, and was against gay couples, now, God has changed his mind. He believes the Bible can be helpful but also very harmful so no longer reads it.

How can I address the issue of God being unchanging without basing myself on the Bible which he doesn’t believe in?

Thanks!

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Hi Erika,

Thank you for your question.

You should be encouraged that your friend feels comfortable enough to ask you such personal and difficult questions. That reflects the type of person you are. Well done! Before I suggest content, I would encourage you to keep listening and also asking your friend good questions in the process.

There are many ways in which we can be encouraged in the belief that God is unchanging. Isaiah 40 is a beautiful reminder of that. The God to whom Moses speaks and relates to in Exodus is also the one with whom Jesus claims to be. (“I am”) So much can be said of the God of the Old Testament being the same God we find in the New Testament.

I would suggest you get a hold of a few good books that speak to these issues. I have found the following three books immensely helpful in tackling these questions.

Paul Copan’s book *Is God a Moral Monster? (part 3, especially for the first question your friend is asking.) https://www.amazon.com/God-Moral-Monster-Making-Testament/dp/0801072751/ref=sr_1_1?crid=GGFRXHUWV2UI&keywords=is+god+a+moral+monster+by+paul+copan&qid=1565639411&s=gateway&sprefix=Is+God+a+Moral+M%2Caps%2C208&sr=8-1
David Lamb’s book God Behaving Badly https://www.amazon.com/God-Behaving-Badly-Testament-Sexist/dp/0830838260/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=god+behaving+badly&qid=1565639552&s=gateway&sr=8-1
N.T. Wright’s book Surprised By Scripture https://www.amazon.com/Surprised-Scripture-Engaging-Contemporary-Issues/dp/0062230549/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Surprised+by+Scripture&qid=1565639626&s=gateway&sr=8-1

I would recommend all three of those books.

Nathan

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