A few years ago sociologists from Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion did a study about our view of God. The title of the research paper was called “The Values and Beliefs of the American Public.” It was the result of a survey done by Gallup for Baylor University.
In response to 77 questions, the study identified four distinct images that people have of God’s personality and attitude toward the human race. The research claimed this study may “tell more about people’s social, moral and political views and personal piety than the familiar categories of Protestant, Catholic, Jew, or even red and blue states.”
There are 31.4% of Americans who envision the Almighty as The Authoritarian God. They see him as deeply involved in the world, but angry at what he sees. God wants us to do right, but harsh judgments are pending for those who don’t.
The Benevolent God is how 23% see Him. They believe in God’s sovereignty. His engagement with humanity. His absolute divine standards. And our human failure. But they envision God as grieved rather than angry. Ready to pardon instead of condemn.
A third group, 24%, visualize The Deity as a Distant God. Like Thomas Jefferson they hold a Deistic view. They think of God as uninvolved. Detached. An observer of the human predicament standing on the side-line.
Finally 16% of Americans picture the Creator as The Critical God. Interestingly this group has fewer moral absolutes on issues such as homosexuality and abortion. To them, God is judgmental. Censorious. Critical.
While scholars and sociologists discuss and dissect this data, the key to a correct and comprehensive view of God is not found in human polls, surveys or university studies. It’s found in the Bible. Yesterday we shared nine attributes of the Almighty. https://thepreachersword.com/2013/03/19/can-you-see-god/ Today we want to share nine more.
Holy. “Exalt the Lord our God, And worship at His holy hill; For the Lord our God is holy.” —Ps. 99:9, NKJV
Impartial. “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.” —Ac. 10:34-35, NIV
Just. “For I will proclaim the name of the Lord; ascribe greatness to our God! The Rock, His work is perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God, without deceit, just and upright is He.” —Deut. 32:3-4, NRSV
Kind. “Or do you despise the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience? Do you not realize that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” —Rom. 2:4, NRSV
Love. “For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him.” —Ps. 103:11, RSV
Merciful. “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” —Isa. 55:7-8, KJV
Near. “The Lord is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth. Ps 145:18
Omnipotent. “But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.” –Jer 10:12, NIV
Patient. “The Lord is slow to anger and abounding steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression.” (Ps 104:
With the Psalmist we can sing, “O Lord my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honour and majesty” (Ps 103:8)
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman