One of the first things that we have to realize is that God is what he is no matter what we think about him. The reality of God is independent of what we might think about him.
Secondly, each person and religion has their own thoughts about God. For example, the American Indians thought of God as the Great Spirit.
Thirdly, if we are to truly know God, we must put aside our thoughts and beliefs about God and seek out what is true. When we carry our own biases and misconceptions with us, then we blind ourselves from seeing the true character and presence of God.
To you the reader: Do you want to know God? Do you think that you already know God. Let's start with an exercise For this leave all books and other information sources aside. Don't search the Internet or an encyclopedia. This is about what you personally know or think that you know.
Either in a notebook, or in a word processor, or whatever else you use to write, write out what are your thoughts about God. Here are some thoughts and questions to get you started: In answering them put aside all those standard answers that you you've heard in church or from preachers. Instead use your own thoughts and ideas. With each answer let your thoughts run free. Don't settle for simple answers but try to write at least a long paragraph in response to each question.
Who is God?
What is God?
Where did God come from?
Is God Real? Why do you think that? What evidence do you base your answer on? (Do not say "faith" or "I believe", which only evade true thinking)
Where do your thoughts about God come from?