Whether they realize it or not, most Christians have adopted one of three views of God.
Some folks worship a NICE GOD They characterize God as being kind, gracious, merciful, compassionate and loving. Psalms 86:15, 111:4, 112:4, 117, 118:1, 145:8; Nehemiah 9:17; Isaiah 54:10; Joel 2:13; Luke 6:35; I John 4:8,16 These folks see God as someone who wants everyone to be saved II Peter 3:9.
Some folks worship an ANGRY GOD These folks tend to characterize God as being wrathful, jealous, vindictive, stern and hateful. Exodus 20:5,32:10; Numbers 11:33; Deuteronomy 4:24, 6:15, 9:8,22, 11:17, 29:23,28, 32:35; Jeremiah 12:8; Hosea 9:15; Malachi 1:3: Revelation 16:1,19, 19:15 They see God as someone dangling humanity at the end of a thin string over the fires of hell I Peter 4:18.
The third group worships what I like to call a BIPOLAR GOD These folks attempt to combine the traits of the NICE GOD and the ANGRY GOD into one personage. These folks often have trouble explaining their version of God, because the character traits of the other two gods don't tend to mesh very well - It's hard to logically reconcile one with the other.
Which God do you worship?