What’s Your View of God?

Touching EarthA 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.

God is…

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

11 Comments

Filed under God

11 responses to “What’s Your View of God?

  1. Leah Bates

    Hi honey
    I just added your new email addr to this blog. So u will be sent an email to confirm it and activate “the preacher man ” aka ken weilever.

    Sent from my iPhone

    Like

  2. Ezekiel Taliwabo Bwambale, Western Uganda

    it,s a pity that some people still equate God to any other thing ! indeed our God is so loving and merciful. He says none of us can add a micro second to his life; He has all the powers. May God be the glory!

    Like

  3. primrosenor@suddenlink.net

    Brother Ken, Please don’t post this, as I wish not for it to appear that I am using your email bulletin to promote my book. I saw you at the FC Lectures, but I don’t believe we got to exchange introductions. Anyway, I had my first—-and so far, only—-book published back on 2009 entitled, “The Many Sides of Jehovah God.” The book consists of 22 chapters, each expounding on a different trait of our Creator. It contents are 212 pages.The CEI Publishers carry the book. This was a great article of yours on God, and I thought that if you didn’t have my book, you might wish to purchase it, as it very much accompanies this article. Take care, and I continue to enjoy your bulletin. In His Name, Philip North

    Like

  4. Pingback: God asks: Who do you say I am? How do you answer?

  5. cynthiahanevy

    Hi Ken, I had some problems with my WP account and I don’t think you got my last comment. If you did, my apologies. I found your blog on the UBC Facebook page and just wanted to let you know that I think it is awesome! Thank you fro sharing these scriptures and challenging us to examine our beliefs.

    Like

  6. Brother Ken, I enjoyed the article very much. Thank-You. I believe it would make a very good lesson. And Thank-You Philip, I now know where I can get some material to go along with this study – LOL. Ken, keep up the good work. John Henry

    Like

  7. Pingback: Nine Attributes of the Almighty | ThePreachersWord

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.