“To most people, God is an inference…not a reality.
He is a deduction from evidence which they consider adequate; but He remains personally unknown to the individual. ‘He must be,’ they say, ‘therefore we believe He is.’
Others do not go even so far as this. They know of Him only by hearsay. They have never bothered to think the matter out for themselves, but have heard about Him from others, and have put belief in Him into the back of their minds…along with the various odds and ends that make up their total creed.
To many others, God is but an ideal…another name for goodness, or beauty, or truth. Or He is law, or life, or the creative impulse back of the phenomena of existence.
These notions about God are many and varied, but they who hold them have one thing in common: they do not know God in personal experience. The possibility of intimate acquaintance with Him has not entered their minds.
While admitting His existence, they do not think of Him as knowable in the sense that we know things or people.”
~ A.W. Tozer