This blog post was written by Howard Bass:
A. W. Tozer said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” Men who conceive of God as an implacable tyrant are to be pitied and perhaps even feared, for whatever we think of our God we surely give ourselves the right to be or to do or to think. Reflect on the religions of the world that grant their constituents the right to hate and even destroy the infidels (unbelievers). Where does such justification come from? Perhaps simply "God wills it." While such an approach reveals nothing of truth about the God of the Bible, except perhaps His "longsuffering" towards men and their lunacy, it does say something significant about the person who entertains such ideas? When idolaters make their gods to be like themselves, it goes almost without saying that they are not only seeking to honor themselves but to justify their approach to life by a shrewd attempt to deceive themselves into believing that the traits they display in their lives came directly from their god. And is it at all unlikely that in order for a man to justify his wrong feelings towards his neighbor he would seek to come to a conclusion that his hatred was indeed proper. How might he do this? (Ans.) By seeking to convince himself that his god also hates his neighbor? I do wonder when I hear certain "religious men" talk as though the God of the Bible loves only certain individuals and "hates" others. if they are not forcing on God their own feelings in contradistinction to allowing Him to impose His passions on them... "Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you"? (I am aware that there are strong passages of warning in the Bible speaking of God's wrath and even of his "hatred." But all fair-minded Bible students know that those statements reflect the righteous indignation (wrath) of a thrice-holy God, not the petulant hostility of an incensed despot. "For God so loved the world..." continuously reverberates above the din throughout the corridors of time.) An enormously popular religious website shamelessly posts, "Those things that God has ordained include...the eternal salvation of His people, thus leaving the rest of mankind eternally damned.... Salvation and damnation are the results of His sovereign choice." That type of dispassionate rhetoric (to me) has more in common with the "Karma" and fatalism of Hinduism and Buddhism than with Bible Christianity. Surely, "The Lord is...not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." and there seems no justification for me (or you) feeling any differently than He does. "It matters to Him about you." What thinkest thou?