3/29/12 Juan, 32
A bicyclist was approaching me on the sidewalk, and graciously stopped when I told him a had a question. "Do you believe in any kind of God or higher power?" He (Juan) was quick to affirm that he did. "What do you think God is like? Does He have a personality or is He more of an impersonal power source like electricity?" Juan said his picture of God was more like a fog or a mist, not a person. He experienced some miraculous answers to prayer during some difficult times in his life, and has gone from there to develop some personal theories about God. However, he hasn't read any of the Bible in years and has no basis for his ideas other than his own imagination. I respectfully warned him of the danger of designing a "god" in his mind that he is comfortable with, breaking the second commandment against worshipping false idols. The God of the Bible isn't custom designed according to our personal preferences. He requires that we get to know him on His terms, without apology. Juan could see that he has made the mistake of inventing his own imaginative god rather than basing his understanding of God on the Bible. One of the hurdles in our witnessing conversations needs to be establishing our basis for information about God - does it come one's imagination or is it based on God's revelation of Himself in Scripture? Truthful ideas about God can't simply be a matter of personal preference - they must be based on a source of authority outside ourself. From here Juan and I went on to talk about the biblical teachings of who God is and how we can be in a right relationship with Him. Please pray that Juan will base his beliefs on the Bible and begin to walk with Jesus!