Life is a dynamic process, constantly in flux. Change, though at times challenging, is an essential part of our existence. But how does the Bible view change? How is it informed by the scriptures, and how can a proper understanding help Christians in the modern world? In this blog post, we’ll explore what the Bible says about change, striving to reflect on these topics with the thoughtfulness reminiscent of Pope Benedict XVI’s style. Yet we also aim to make this accessible for an 8th-grade reading level. Let’s dive in.

The Bible’s View of Change

Interestingly, the Bible itself offers diverse perspectives about change. This shouldn’t be surprising, given it reflects the experiences and wisdom accumulated over thousands of years by a multitude of authors.1

In its essence, the Bible emphasizes the unchanging nature of God. In the book of Malachi 3:6, God says, “For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.” Similarly, in Hebrews 13:8, we read, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Understanding the Context

So, does this mean the Bible enforces a stagnant status quo and abhors change? Not necessarily. When we delve into the richness of the Biblical texts, we begin to see a more nuanced understanding of change. Specifically, we need to differentiate between two kinds of changes: change in character and practices and change in values.2

Change in Character and Practices

The Bible clearly encourages change in character and practices, especially changes that lead to spiritual growth and maturity (Ephesians 4:15). For example, the Apostles Peter and Paul, once flawed individuals, underwent profound changes upon encountering Jesus, becoming zealous advocates for the Gospel.

Furthermore, when we become Christians, we experience what the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:17 refers to as becoming a “new creation”: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” Clearly, these kinds of transformative changes are not just good, but necessary in the Biblical narrative.3

Change in Values

However, when it comes to the fundamental truths and values, the Bible teaches that these do not change, as they are based on the unchanging nature of God. These include truths about God’s character, the nature of humanity, the path to salvation, and moral standards. Thus, while the Bible encourages change that aligns us closer with these unchanging truths, it discourages changes that take us further away.4

Change and the Modern Christian

As modern Christians navigating our rapidly changing world, how should we apply these Biblical views of change? As we encounter changes in our lives, we should ask ourselves: Are these changes leading us closer to, or further from, the unchanging truths of God?

We must remember that change is not inherently evil or good but is subject to how it aligns with God’s unchanging truths. As we face personal, social, and cultural changes, let’s strive to emulate the Apostles’ change toward personal growth and spiritual maturity, always guided by the fixed stars of Biblical truths.


Change is a fact of life, and navigating it is a crucial part of Christian discipleship. The Bible presents a nuanced view of change, endorsing personal transformation conducive to spiritual growth while upholding the immutability of God’s fundamental truths.

Through this understanding, we can approach change with wisdom, discernment, and confidence. Let’s embrace change that leads us closer to God, using it as a catalyst for spiritual growth and a deeper understanding of God’s eternal truths.


Sarah Goodwin

A passionate Christian and Bible enthusiast, I find joy in delving deep into Scripture and sharing its timeless wisdom with my readers. Through words, I aspire to illuminate the profound lessons the Bible offers, hoping to inspire faith and purpose in every heart. Join me on a journey of biblical exploration and spiritual growth.Enter your text here...

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