The true God is not the god of philosophy or religion. We must not assume what God is like and the ask whether Jesus fits the description. We must allow Jesus and his cross to redefine our notions of God. God is not some impersonal ultimate Absolute, nor a deistic god who looks on his world with indifference, nor a god who must be placated through religious duties, nor is he a lenient god who indulgently overlooks our rebellion and the suffering it causes. He is the God of the cross: the God who offered himself in love to reconcile us to himself.
Tim Chester in Mission Matters.