Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man. ~ Thomas Paine
What we believe about God, has an impact on how we treat people. If we see God as punitive and merciless, we’ll likely be the same.
Our perception of God is largely influenced by our relationship with our parents, and other authority figures. Including the religious leaders we listen to.
It’s hard to supplant early beliefs. It’s especially difficult after those beliefs have been reinforced by years of repetition and confirmation bias. But we have to decide for ourselves if what we’ve been taught is true.
You’ll never feel like you’re good enough, until you start believing you’re good in God’s eyes.
More about this in Living With Confidence: From Fear to Love