Is God cruel and destructive or kind and merciful?
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God is cruel, unmerciful, destructive, and ferocious

Jeremiah 13:14 View context

And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together, saith the LORD: I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them.

Deuteronomy 7:16 View context

And thou shalt consume all the people which the LORD thy God shall deliver thee; thine eye shall have no pity upon them: neither shalt thou serve their gods; for that [will be] a snare unto thee.

1 Samuel 15:2-3 View context

Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember [that] which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid [wait] for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.

Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

1 Samuel 6:19 View context

And he smote the men of Beth-shemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented, because the LORD had smitten [many] of the people with a great slaughter.

God is kind, merciful, and good

James 5:11 View context

Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

Lamentations 3:33 View context

For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

1 Chronicles 16:34 View context

O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good; for his mercy [endureth] for ever.

Ezekiel 18:32 View context

For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn [yourselves], and live ye.

Psalms 145:9 View context

The LORD [is] good to all: and his tender mercies [are] over all his works.

1 Timothy 2:4 View context

Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

1 John 4:16 View context

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

Psalms 25:8 View context

Good and upright [is] the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.

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