As a parental father figure,Old Testament God does not appear to like children very much (or uses their suffering to threaten their parents to obey him...).[thebricktestament.com] Are we parents supposed to use God as a role model? I have always found this as an odd example to model a healthy parent child relationship.
If this God did exist CRPS (Cosmic Racial Protective Services) would have removed the Jews from his care and placed them in the care of a foster God for their own protection after the garden of Eden fiasco. Who leaves the tree of knowledge unlocked let alone let's the kids play in the same room with it when the gods gone to the store for smokes?
What I’ve noticed is how quickly children pick up on someone reflecting reality ..as opposed to what appears to them as make-believe behaviour expectations. Makes them a lot easier to be around, too.
There’s nothing even remotely resembling ‘a god’ having the least effect on our existence, or theirs. The sooner we, as parents, reflect that ..the sooner our children focus on the realities of life..
Talked with my youngest this after noon ...I did good
I think that people project onto god whatever their experience of fathering is. If they had a good father, they see god as that good, loving, strong but tender father. If they had an authoritarian, controlling, shaming father, then they see that in god. And so on.
In other words they have an ideal of fatherhood and project that onto god, and cherry pick the parts of scripture that support that projection.
I think any parent using "GOD" as a role model has some deep and serious issues - but not necessarily their own fault; too many people have been raised with religion telling them what to do, and the cycle continues... I have never viewed the xtian god as benevolent, not kind and nurturing in any way. The xtian power has always been through the use of threats and promises of hell and damnation for so-called bad actions. Or the promise of some mythical "heaven" for well-behaved children. I preferred to show my children by example what I thought was the good way to live. I have three very well-adjusted, contributing, and happy adult children. I like to think that I was able to raise them well without any religion in their lives; morals and ethics, definitely, but no religion!!