Is God in the Bible Vengeful or Loving?

Many people have noticed what seems to be an inconsistency in the character of God in the Bible. Sometimes God seems kind and loving, and at other times mean and vengeful. People are right to point out the differences in God’s actions. But what people fail to realize is that God speaks differently depending on who he is talking to. God is kind to the poor and oppressed, and vengeful toward the oppressors. God’s character is consistent throughout the Bible. God’s character is the same in the Old Testament and the New Testament. If you are oppressing the poor and vulnerable, carrying out violence, and denying people justice, you will see the vengeful side of God. If you are among those who have experienced oppression and injustice, God is full of compassion for you and promises you hope for the future. God will be vengeful when necessary, but he desires to be loving to all.

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