I can think of God as merely being some kind of super human being, more loving, and forgiving, but in the long run really not much different than I am.
In other words I tend to make God into my image and likeness, which again can be hurtful to my prayer life and my intimacy with God. When I do this I take away from the “otherness” of God, from the infinite nature of His love, and then God can also take on my dark side.
When this happens, the love of God is not experienced as infinite, but his anger and wrath are. Since fear and trust cannot exist side by side, trust is lost and my relationship suffers, since intimacy with someone who is not trustworthy is impossible.
All that can be done is to placate the one feared. Prayer becomes a way of keeping God at a distance, instead of drawing me deeper into a loving, and trusting relationship.Have you ever thought of God in your image rather than of yourself in God's image? How does this impact the way you view God?