In reading The Salt Lake Tribune's Study shows America flocks to church, I came across the following descriptions of God:
The highest percentage of Americans, 31.4 percent, believe in a Type A God, who is highly involved in their daily lives and world affairs, but also angry and capable of meting out punishment. Another 23 percent believe in a Type B God, who is likewise engaged, but less willing to condemn or punish individuals.
Sixteen percent believe in a Type C God, who does not interact with the world and is unhappy about the current state of affairs. Another 24.4 percent believe in a Type D God, who is not active in the world and is more the disinterested cosmic force that set the laws of nature in motion.
Uh, if I am forced to choose, I choose Type B. That's the closest I come to the type of God I have. Actually, mine is a combination of Type D and Type B. I.e. all things are set in motion by a creative force in the Universe, and this force can be used consciously in our day to day affairs - if we want. No punishment, though. My God is not irrational; there's no first giving Man the power to do as he wants (free will) and then punishing him for it; any corrective we need is accomplished through cause and effect. My observation is that each individual's concept of God reflects their own life experiences and/or view of authority. Which makes the following comment on the choice of type interesting:
"This is terribly important because it can predict all kinds of things about an individual," Froese said. "A person's opinion of God relates to their world view, their morality, their political views."
Indeed. If you live in an uncertain, cruel world, recheck which God you've made for yourself. As Walt Whitman said:
I swear the earth shall surely be complete to him or her who shall be complete. The earth remains jagged or broken only to him or her who remains jagged or broken.