“Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed” (Ps. 85:10).1

The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character,” writes Richard Dawkins.2 Dawkins implies that God is the better of tyrants such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Ho Chi Minh, and Saddam Hussein. Truth be told, to the casual observer as well as the believer, the actions of God appear at times to be paradoxical.

How do we reconcile a God of love with a God that caused the whole world to be swallowed up by a flood (Gen. 6-9), cities burned with fire (Gen. 19:24-29), nations annihilated (Deut. 7:1, 2; 20:16), and plagues visited on the disobedient (Ex. 7-11)? There are other examples of severe punishment. Numerous times Scripture describes... »
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