(Note: I've been somewhat of a ranting atheist for the last year or two but I've tried to be nice with it!)
If a human father punishes his disobedient children by killing them he will be locked up if not executed. However, most people would concede that such a man must have had severe mental and/or emotional problems to have reached that point. The explanations, if they exist, do not justify the behaviour but attempt to understand it.
Now what about God? And here I am talking about the god we are most familiar with - Jehovah, Yahweh, the God of the Bible.
Read the Hebrew scriptures and you will find a mass of killings at Gods hand. Believe what you are told by many priests, elders and other christians and God is going to kill billions more! Why? What is it about God that has turned him into this monster?
If we believe that he created the unquestioned beauty that exists, that he chose to give life to species great and small and to crown it all with his 'masterpiece', intelligent and creative humanity made in His image how do we explain his descent into the homicidal, butcher we are now confronted by?
I'm going to assume that God exists, you don't have to try and persuade me of that. Just try and help me to understand His behaviour?