Proclaim. Mobilize. Equip.
Call 866-865-6253

3 Symptoms of a Distorted Image of God

March 11, 2019

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 40:28

It is possible to have a distorted image of God and not be aware of it. Here are some symptoms of a distorted view of God:

Boredom
If you find God dull, boring, or generally unattractive, then you have a distorted picture of God. The disciples found Jesus so compelling that when he said, “Follow me,” they immediately left everything. If you think God is boring, you do not know the God of the Bible.

Cynicism
When God promised that he would give a child to Abraham and Sarah in their old age, Sarah laughed. She had her own picture of what God could do, and she found the promise of God ridiculous. Maybe you face that same struggle when you hear that God loves you or that he will walk you through this trial. There is a deep cynicism in you that wants to laugh.

Antagonism
Maybe you know someone who once professed faith in Christ. But now they would say to you, “I hate God, and I hate everything that you stand for.” Where do you go from there? Ask him (or her) to tell you about the God he hates.

Are you struggling with one or more of these symptoms right now? If so, can you admit to God that you may have a distorted image of him?


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.



Explore this topic further

Like Steps on a Ladder

God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. 1 Peter 5:5 (NIV) Back in the 12th century there was a monk by the name of Bernard of Clairvaux. He was asked by a friend to write a book on humility. Bernard said he didn’t know enough about humility...

Read Post

A Warning and an Encouragement

It is hard for the righteous to be saved. 1 Peter 4:18 (NIV) Peter is speaking to Christians about the difficulty of the process of salvation (being saved from sin’s power), and he has a warning and an encouragement for us. A warning to those who find it easy. It...

Read Post
For your gift of any amount

Christmas Stories

A book by Pastor Colin Smith

Get Unlocking the Bible's Weekly Email

"This Week at Unlocking the Bible" features new articles, radio programs, devotionals, and ministry updates

We will never sell or misuse your information.

Year End banner

We need your support!
Learn more.