David Hayward has a cartoon today that gets at the heart of an issue many of us have with the depiction of God in some Biblical stories as well as elsewhere:
We would be horrified if human parents did these things, and yet few seem to reflect on the sort of impression they give of God when they depict God along these lines – the allusions of course being to the story of Noah and the concept of hell.
This was my point in my post about not worshiping a God who is less loving than you are. What we are talking about are human depictions of God. Unless you view God as genuinely morally abhorrent, then you should not attribute to God views or actions that you would consider worthy of condemnation in humans.
It is better, I think, to acknowledge that whether the images used come from ancient authors or our own time, they will all be by definition inadequate and laden with human shortcomings, and to then do our best to avoid projecting our own narrow perceptions and our worst failings and shortcomings onto God.