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If God is immutable, how is creation not a change in God? [duplicate]

In what way is creation understood not as a change on the part of God when God is understood to be immutable? By immutable I mean the classical definition where God has never changed and never will ...
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If there was a beginning to God's creations, did God therefore change?

For background, this is related to other questions about whether God may have changed in the past. It is often touted that God preceded all creation, and some even say that He is able to violate ...
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If God is immutable, how does the hypostatic union work?

According to Trinitarian theology as held by the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, God is 3 persons/hypostasis in 1 essence/nature/substance and one attribute of God is his immutability (c.f. Summa ...
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Under divine simplicity, how can God do anything?

The consequence of divine simplicity is that God is being subsisting and can only be immutable. If so how does God do anything? Or how did he create?
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Why the commonly accepted "immutability of Jesus teaching" is so important? How to understand its goodness, meaning, rational content?

ON THE ONE HAND, human beings and human conditions are changing, at least since the recent centuries. If someone is asking the proof, then one just needs to have a quick look on Ukraine and how the ...
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According to Chalcedonian theology, did Jesus retain his human nature after his ascension, or did he return to being only divine?

The Epistle of Diognetes, regarded by some to be the earliest example of Christian apologetics, establishes Jesus’ divine role as Creator and even goes as far as to call him God. “As a king sends ...
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What is the Biblical basis that Jesus could sin?

We have many scriptures about Jesus' humanity. Several specific verses about his total dependence on the Father, his God, for all his needs, his words and his ability to perform miracles etc. Jesus ...
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Did the early church teach the person of God the Word changed in the incarnation?

According to early Christianity did the person of God the Word change in the incarnation? Is it considered mutability in the person that change?
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How does one reconcile the changelessness of God with Jesus' incarnation? [closed]

The Bible says that God "remains the same" (Ps 102:27), and that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Heb 13:8). This seems to mean that he is changeless. However, Jesus was not ...
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When did the immutability of God become entrenched in Christian literature?

The immutability of God means God does not change, and it is considered heresy to disagree. However, this concept seems so close to the Greek's idea of perfection, and to conflict with the well-known ...
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Are there any reports or stories that the pope has seen God face to face in the last 200 years?

In the Old Testament, there are accounts of people (prophets) who saw God face to face. Specifically in Genesis 32:30, it says And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God ...
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If God cannot change, then why does His wrath need to be appeased?

More or less I am asking for a defense of the propitiatory view of atonement in which God changes from being angry to being happy with us rather than sinners being the ones who need to change. Perhaps ...
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