We have a lot of ideas about what God is and is not like. These come from past hurts, past experiences, what we've been told about God, and also how old we are. We can view God as a mean judge, as distant, as an emotionally absent father who is simply around. We can see God as a genie, there to grant us all our wishes, as someone who won't judge us but wants "what is best for us" as we define it. All of these have an enormous effect on our spiritual lives and our lives in general.