Please let me preface my Q. by saying that it is not cynical, but an issue of long-standing puzzlement to me. Here goes.
Why is it that Christians who read and believe in the authenticity of the Bible, can still see God as a supreme being of love and compasion? There is in my Bible instance upon instance of God being a malicious, genocidal monster who would compete with Hitler, Pol Pot and Saddam Hussein with his excesses. I just don't get it!