From: Good Goats
I changed when my image of God changed. Most of us recognize that we become like our parents whom from early on we adore, even with all their faults. We may not realize that we also become like the God we adore.
Unfortunately, the God I grew up adoring was German. My God was a self-righteous German who sat on his (at the time my God was all male) judgment throne. Being a self-righteous German, my God could see all the mistakes and errors in everyone else. If my self-righteous God did not like what he saw in others, he could even separate himself form them by sending them into hell. And if my God could be a self-righteous German then no matter how many healing prayers I prayed, I would probably never change. I became like the God I adored.
In every aspect of our lives, we become like the God we adore. For example, in a time when we have the capacity to annihilate one another with nuclear weapons, many churches have issued pastoral letters on peace. Our church’s pastoral letter says that we can never use nuclear weapons against our enemies. However, if my God can send God’s enemies to a hell inferno, then I can send a nuclear inferno on my enemies. But if my God doesn’t treat people that way, I can’t either. We find that a key to personal and social healing is healing our image of God.