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Why God the Creator regretted His creations
Does God the creator repent or regret for what He had done? Yes, He does, biblically, God repented His blessing to Solomon, 1Ki 11:11; there are many incidents where God regret his action toward man. The reason God does it because it is in His plan. For example: we are under temptation by God, even Jesus was tempted by the devil. These temptations are not directly from the devil, God permits the devil to temp us. For example: God permitted the devil to tempt Job, Job 2:6 without God's permission, the devil can't tempt us. Why God tempted Job? Tempting or testing someone, it is because we don't know what the person will do next, unless this person mention what he is going to do next. If we let this person to do what he has on his mind, it is because we want to educate this person trough his bad actions. In Job's case, the story is different because satan told God: [stop helping Job and touch his skin or bones and see if Job still love you] actually, God agree with what satan said and permitted satan to interfere in Job's life. In this case, we presume that God didn't know what Job would do next, or God did it just to show us that Job is faithful.
If we look at Genesis 6:6; we realized that God repented for creating man. The passage reads [And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.]
God did repent for what he had made on earth because He didn't know what man will do next, therefore, God flooded the earth [world] during Noah's era. But, biblically, God is omnipresent, he knows the past and the future of man and the earth and all the planets in the universe. So, what kind of regret or repentance God or the bible mentions about?
Is it possible God the Creator did repent for what He had done & his blessing to Solomon and for creating human being?
The answer for this inquiry is through God's plan for humanity. God is capable to do anything and to know everything, the past, and the future. However, there are rules that God planned for humanity on this planet earth. God gave us free will to choose what we want and to recognize the difference between good and evil.
However, this conditional freedom has a limit and for a motive. The answer for this inquiry is with a single word, "temptation". We are under temptations.
However, if God know everything, the past, and the future about us and about the world, why he has to test us? For us as human, it is really confusion, because when we need to test someone, it is because we don't know what this person would do next.
Nevertheless, with God, the situation is completely different, but it is similar to a father or to a teacher preparing a student to pass an exam. The teacher knows that the student will blunder but eventually, and in the long run, the student will succeed.
God did promise himself not to interfere until the end; however, but He would when it is necessary. Moreover, God gave human a second chance trough repentance. However, this conclusion doesn't confirm that God is not aware of the future.
Biblically, when we obtain forgiveness through repentance, God would wipe away our sins and wouldn't remember them no more. It is true that God forgives our sins and wouldn't remember them no more according to His promises; but He could if He would, and because He is righteous and because He keeps His promises, He refuses to remember them.
The following passages from the bible proves to us that God kept his promises not remember our transgressions after our repentance, therefore he regrets sometimes His blessing or giving a second chance for some individual that took advantage of God's grace.
God repented = God regretted
Ge 6:6 - And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
Ex 32:14 - And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.
Jud 2:18 - And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the LORD because of their groaning by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them.
1Sa 15:35 - And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.
2Sa 24:16 - And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD was by the threshing place of Araunah the Jebusite.
1Ch 21:15 - And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, the LORD beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD stood by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
Jer 26:19 - Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him at all to death? did he not fear the LORD, and besought the LORD, and the LORD repented him of the evil which he had pronounced against them? Thus might we procure great evil against our souls.
Am 7:3 - The LORD repented for this: It shall not be, saith the LORD.
Am 7:6 - The LORD repented for this: This also shall not be, saith the Lord GOD.
Jon 3:10 - And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
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God repented his blessing to Solomon, therefore he rend the kingdom from him.
1Ki 11:1 – But king Solomon loved many strange women, with the daughter of Pharaoh
1Ki 11:2 –God said: you shall not go in to them: Solomon but he did
1Ki 11:4 - when Solomon was old, his wives turned away his heart after other gods
1Ki 11:5 - For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians,
1Ki 11:6 - And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD,
1Ki 11:7 - Then did Solomon build a high place for the abomination of Moab
1Ki 11:9 - And the LORD was angry with Solomon
1Ki 11:11 - LORD said to Solomon, thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes I will surely rend the kingdom from thee
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