Read Leviticus 19:4
“Do not put your trust in idols or make metal images of gods for yourselves. I am the LORD your God. (NLT)
If we get our idea of God wrong,then everything else is wrong. Distort God and we distort faith itself. The ancient people addressed in this text lived in a world where many fashioned material images and proclaimed them as divine. Biblical faith reminds them and us that no such images or idols can replace the true and finally invisible God.
Nowadays we are more inclined to pursue false imaginings of God. Our childhood backgrounds,our many life experiences,our basic temperaments,all can shape our concept of God. And this applies even to those who faithfully read their Bibles. It is all too easy to pick and choose bits of the Bible to reinforce these pre-existent notions of God.
So we proclaim the stern moralistic God,the indulgent easy-going God,the hand-wringing wimpish God,the efficiency-expert God. And we may even back this up with Bible verses. When all the time we are simply projecting what is inside us and mixing it up with some partially grasped truths.
How many people have been turned off God by such distortions? How many,who seem to have turned their backs on the Christian faith,have actually rejected a misinterpretation of it? Getting God right is paramount. He made us in his image,we are not to make him in our own.