12. Critical Scrooge God

Unloving God-Image: Critical Scrooge God

  • Description: Critical Scrooge God is critical, disrespectful and demanding. He doesn’t believe in you and won’t commit to help you. He’s negative, insensitive. Stands over your shoulder watching your work, pointing out mistakes, cutting you down. He’s cold and disrespectful. He never praises you. Doesn’t help you. He’s highly critical. Condescending tone. 
  • Potential Reasons for this God-Image: Your parents criticized you constantly and expressed disappointment with you. As you grew up, you criticized yourself and cut yourself down. 

Unlovable Self-Image: I’m not confident (“Doubted Don”).

  • Description: Since Critical Scrooge God is critical and points out your mistakes, 
  • You don’t think you’re worth God’s respect and trust. You think you deserve to be criticized and put down for all your failures. You don’t think you’ll ever amount to anything or at least anything worthwhile. You think that God is disappointed in you. You feel inadequate. You are afraid to try to accomplish anything of significance. Self-doubt. Inadequate. You think you’re never good enough. You struggle with a sense of shame and feeling inadequate. Results are never good enough. 
  • Scripture Passage: “How long will you afflict my spirit, grind me down with words? These ten times you have humiliated me, have assailed me without shame! Even if it were true that I am at fault, my fault would remain with me; If truly you exalt yourselves at my expense, and use my shame as an argument against me, Know then that it is God who has dealt unfairly with me, and compassed me round with his net.” (Job 19:2-6)

Loving God-Image: Respecting God. 

  • Description: God fully believes in and respects my ability to do what I need and want to do; God commits himself to my welfare, helping me succeed.  
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Lovable Self-Image: I’m believed in.

  • Description: I’m worth God’s respect; I’m worth God’s committing Himself to help me succeed; I can accomplish many good things with God’s help; it is good for my successes to be recognized by God. 
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