(Relevant to some things that have been on my dash, but not relevant enough to bother directly replying to them.)
I’ve never felt like the Old Testament God was particularly monstrous.
No, that’s not it. There are monstrous aspects to him, but there’s monstrous aspects to the New Testament God, as well. Mostly it’s that calling the OT “monstrous” but not the NT is distorting both of them.
But that’s not it either. I don’t like the word “monstrous” here; it’s smuggling in too many assumptions. It’s more like:
If your concept of God doesn’t occasionally scare the living shit out of you then you have probably underestimated Divinity.
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.