Misconceptions About God

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” –A.W. Tozer


Top Misconceptions about God from J.B. Phillips’ classic book, Your God Is Too Small

1. Grand old man Old fashioned, can’t relate.

2. Meek and Mild Sentimental jellyfish. Reduces the gospel to a hallow platitude of “love,” to the exclusion of any objective truth claims.

3. Resident Policeman Overly sensitive conscience. Mistakes our own cultural values for the convicting work of the Holy Spirit. Constantly live with burden of guilt upon shoulders.

4. Parental Hangover Flaws from parents are projected upon God.

5. Managing director answers prayers like the operator answers calls, gives commands like a supervisor in the workplace – in both instances he is aloof.

6. Perennial grievance God who lets us down. One to whom we go with our protest.

7. Pale Galilean Sees following Christ as boring and colorless.

8. God on a leash At our beck and call. Manageable deity, who is safe and predictable.

“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Heb 1:1-3).

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