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1 John 1:9-2:2
The way you see God, your revelation of him will not affect his acceptance of you, but it will affect your acceptance of what God has for you and how you receive him.
And many, many people have a very distorted picture of God, as a result their view of happiness is distorted; their view of themselves is often very negative, their understanding of how relationships are supposed to work is filled with the caustic emotions of guilt, hopelessness, and despair.
A few years ago (2007) a nationwide research project was launched for the purpose of finding out how Americans see God. The results of the survey was not all that surprising unfortunately.
? 31% of all Americans saw God as “authoritarian.” When asked to describe what they meant by authoritarian, they said, “Rule, rules, rules, nothing but rules.”
? 16% said their picture of God was that he was a “critical” God that you can NEVER, ever please.
? 24% said their picture of God was that of a “distant” God very hands off, who leaves us basically on our own without his help.
Now think about those numbers; 71 % of the people in American, the land of opportunity, the richest country in the world – have a very negative, narrow, and discouraging view of God.
By the way, another 23% of all Americans see God as being a benevolent God. When asked to describe what they meant, they responded that “God is my buddy and hell is a myth.”
No wonder people don’t want to know a God like that – I don’t want to know a God like that either! How you see God really does matter. It is a lot like living with an alcoholic parent. One minute they are as kind as they can be and in just a moment, they are enraged and mean. And so many people, especially those who have come from a home life where their parents were anything but consistent, they carry those struggles and twisted perceptions over into their relationship with God.
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