The personality of God......
A wise scholar once said to me "God created us in his own image, and we immediately returned the favor." How we limit God, make him smaller, human and "mistake" prone "why does God allow evil? He is so cruel."
We forget we are the evil, if He were to get rid of all sinners, you and I are screwed, and I'm not sure about you. God does not punish, that is a quality of man, "revenge is mine, says the Lord" means no. What bothers me most is that the Bible is taken literally in all cases as "the word of God" and somehow this is law. There are only ten handed down by God, the rest is man made, circumcision is a man made rite like Holy Communion, stuff we invent to make us feel more holy.
But Jesus forgave his disciples as he handed them his blood and his wine, said nothing about priests, and later mischievously and lovingly toyed with Peter after the latter had denied him three times. There was no "You're dead meat now Pete" in there but a mysterious "Feed my sheep".
We get God wrong a lot, all of us, in history and in the Bible, a lot of those verses calling for war are not words spoken by God, but spoken of God by a desperate people with no land of their own and enemies on all sides. It has taken a thousand years to get some of the Church out of the middle ages mind set, some still have to have priests in women's clothes and statues dripping with blood. The truth is we need none of it, and we should know that.
So it we can't agree or even get right how to love this guy, how in the world can anyone ever be sure they know what is God's plan?