Dan Trabue attempts to understand the loving character of God in the light of divinely-mandated atrocities in the Old Testament:
Now, I don’t think that God is atrocious. I think those OT passages that have God committing or commanding acts that are elsewhere condemned in the Bible (and indeed, are condemned by our own conscience – I think that it is within our own reasoning and soul that SOME acts are just wrong – killing children, kidnapping girls/young women to make them your wives – some actions are just wrong. Period.) need to be understood as a representation of God as the author understood God. NOT as a perfect understanding of God to be taken literally.
Clearly, I think, God is not in the atrocity business. I find it amazing that some would defend such actions. How can you do so?
How do you reconcile the character of God with these Old Testament commands?