3. Robber God

Unloving God-Image: Robber God. 

  • Description: Robber God is unjust, stingy, jealous, mean, and a killjoy. He doesn’t want me to have fun and takes away the good things that I enjoy in life – all under the pretext of making me a better Christian.
  • Potential Reasons for this God-Image: Your parents were taken from you in some way, maybe to death or divorce or to chronic health problems or mental health issues. Another potential is that your parents were jealous of you and put themselves in competition with you. Robber God can also emerge if you were victimized by cliques at school, or by bullies. As you grew up, you experienced more “good things” getting taken away from you. During Covid, losses can range from life to health to income to employment, to relationships – we could lose relationships due to death, but also relationships can be compromised by social distancing, lockdowns, and disagreements about how to respond to the coronavirus.

Unlovable Self-Image: I must get all I can and hang on (Orphan – “Possessive Pete”).   

  • Description: Since Robber God doesn’t want me to have the things in life that I enjoy, I must hang onto all that I can lay my hands on and sneak in pleasures and enjoyment on my own terms. I don’t feel I am worth good things in life. I feel insecure with what I have. I avoid sacrificial giving and I am afraid of getting too close to God, in case He takes away more stuff. 
  • Related Scripture Passage: “I am reckoned among those who go down to the Pit; I am a man who has no strength, like one forsaken among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, like those whom thou dost remember no more, for they are cut off from thy hand. Thou hast put me in the depths of the Pit, in the regions dark and deep. Thy wrath lies heavy upon me, and thou dost overwhelm me with all thy waves. Thou hast caused my companions to shun me; thou hast made me a thing of horror to them” (Psalm 88:4-8). 

Loving God-Image: Giving God.

  • Description: Jesus revealed that God loves to give me good things and contribute to my well-being. God is never jealous of what I have. He doesn’t ruin my fun. He wants me to be fully alive and full of joy.   
  • Scripture Passage: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). 

Lovable Self-Image: I’m cared for. 

  • Description: I’m worth God’s support and encouragement. I can trust that God will give me only what is good for me and will bless me. I don’t need to cling to what I have, but can give freely to others. 
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