Atheist author Richard Dawkins wrote - [The Christian God is] “Arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it, a petty, unjust, unforgiving control freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynist, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
In chapter 19 of his letter to someone called Theophilus, the Physician and Historian Luke tells of how Jesus responds to such accusations. In this parable that Luke records, Jesus tells of a wealthy man leaving his affairs in the hands of servants while he travels abroad. Prior to leaving, he gives each of his servants a certain amount of money to invest. Upon returning from his trip, the man finds that one servant managed his Master’s investments well. Another did a so-so job while the third did absolutely nothing with the money he’d been given to manage. The last servant’s excuse for not doing anything was that his opinion of his Master was that of “a hard man,” a capricious malevolent bully, if you will, and he was afraid of him.
Without admitting to any truth that the charge might have, the Master says, “If you think that’s what I’m like, why did you do nothing to try to serve me properly?”
God has given each one of us marvellous gifts. Along with these material and physical gifts, He has also given us compelling proof of His existence. Now, if a Creator God exists, regardless of whether He’s loving or cruel, don’t you think it would be wise to find out anything and everything we can about this Being? Don’t you think it would be wise to do what you think would please a Being that is able to bring a mathematically precise universe into existence? Don’t you think it would be wise to follow a Being who says to “fear Him who can destroy the body AND the soul”?
Or do you think that it’s wise to stand and shake your fist at, mock with distain and rage at this Creator God that you say you don’t believe in?