Deism is the belief that there is a God, but that he is completely distant and unknowable. The god of deism does not interact with creation, or have anything to do with it. For one who began as an atheist, this belief in a god of some kind no matter how distant is a step in the right direction. However, deism does not go far enough, spiritually or logically.
For one, the god of deism is completely out of touch with the created universe. This god sits around somewhere in the invisible and merely exists, as if existence is all there is to God.
Secondly, a god who does not have anything to do with the universe or people is certainly not worthy of worship. It doesn’t make sense to worship a god who does not even care if you worship it, nor does it have any inclination toward you in any way whatsoever.
Thirdly, a god who does not have anything to do with people has no purpose for existing in the first place. The god of deism is a shadow, a caricature of the divine but without any attributes. That god merely is.
There must be more to the true God than mere existence, distance and transcendence. He must, by necessity, care about the universe and the things existent in it. He must be involved with creation. If these things are not true, then God is not worthy of our time. But if they are true, then he is worthy of worship.
The true and living God does not resemble the god of deism. The deist must go the step further, to understanding that the true God is present and active in creation. Don’t stop with the knowledge that there is a God out there somewhere. Find out who he is and why it matters. The answer will change your life.