The "Distant God" Box -
Having created the world, he set things in motion then instituted a hands-off policy.
He takes no actions at all in the affairs of men.
Jesus came, died and was resurrected, offering salvation to mankind.
But since then he also has instituted a hands-off policy.
The "Limited God" Box -
He is unable to transcend his own laws. When men choose wickedness, his gift of free will ties his hands in dealing with evil and he cannot help unless someone prays and asks him to.
If someone does not follow his spiritual laws, he cannot act on their behalf. If someone does, he is required by his own regulations to bless them.
In the days of the Bible he spoke to his prophets and worked miracles, but those people were unsophisticated and primitive in their thoughts toward God.
The God of the Bible is not relevant today. We're the New Testament church and expected to depend only on appropriate responses to the Bible's teachings. Besides, we're too educated, too modern, too sophisticated for that kind of God.
The "God of Other People" Box -
He answers the prayers of others. He heals others. He talks to others.
Everyone talks about how God spoke to them, or sent them what they needed, or healed them.
He doesn't seem at all interested in my life... otherwise I would not still be poor, be sick, be struggling and be disconnected from him.
He loves all of Creation. All will be saved and go to heaven because he's just too loving to send anyone to hell. He's so nice he's ineffective.
He realizes that standards have changed In the post-Bible world of today, and he's our friend... not our judge.
He sits in heaven, ready to pounce on us in judgment when we sin.
Any mis-step could snatch heaven from our grasp.
If we weren't determined to make God simple and understandable, if we took him at his own Word regarding who he is, what kind of God would we see?
"Who do you say that I am?" - Jesus