It is always interesting to listen to the critics of the Christian faith. Invariably they will land on the old line about how bad the Biblical God is, and that if he were loving there was no way he would have done the things he did, or send his Son to be murdered. If not those words, some variation on the theme. And quite often we find such subjective arguing on the part of former believers. Why do I say subjective? It is such since it is limited in its knowledge, and thus cannot be an objective analysis of God.
Imagine yourself looking through a keyhole and seeing a masked man with a tool cutting into another person. You think that a madman is being sadistic and torturing his victim. In this limited scope of vision you see the masked man as a criminal, a danger to society.
Now lets imagine you take a few step back and suddenly the keyhole gives way to a series of long white halls with nurses working at their stations and patients being shuttled back and forth from room to surgery.
Suddenly it dawns on you that you aren't in a torture chamber at all – you're in a hospital! And, the masked man is not a sick, sadistic criminal murdering someone – he is a skilled surgeon tending to his patient in order to heal him!
In this example, the ultimate hero and act of kindness – a surgeon saving a life – is looked upon as the ultimate villain executing an act of cruelty – a torturer inflicting random meaningless pain.
This inaccurate perspective is due to a lack in the witness’s seeing the whole picture.
The critic of Christianity is operating from a very limited scope of vision and knowledge regarding potential outcomes at either the lack of, or initiation of any given action on God's part. Rather than taking that step back and acknowledging that lack of understanding of the Infinite, the critic would rather hold God to temporal and finite standards that cannot appreciate the complexities at hand, as they are not capable of meeting the mandate of infinity and infinite knowledge.
God is a “spiritual surgeon”.
Sometimes a surgeon removes a limb to save a life. The part is not greater than the whole in such a case.
What if you knew that by driving a different direction to work one morning you would save the life of a child? Would you do it? Certainly. That knowledge makes you break with routine. Or what if you knew that by punching someone in the face at exactly 2:00 am on a full moon, wearing rubber boots and a clown suit, that you would save a life? Never mind the humor and absurdity of the example, chances are pretty good that a person of conscience would do it. Similarly, if we take that principle to the cosmic scale we understand just a little, tiny fraction of what God's actions, both past and present, may indeed have meant on the grander eternal scale.
So step back from the keyhole and expand your vision.