I also believe some of the explanations for apparent contradictions which where provided by Jung, Jung described how he believed that with each life and death God directly experienced his creation, most completely in the instance of Jesus but equally in terms of each and all of us, in the process God and man develop simultaneously insights into one another.
That's a pretty vulgarised version of what he was trying to describe I'm sure and Mystic Tater can dash in and correct me if he wishes to because he's bit more of an authority on Jung than I am.
This would account for the apparent changes spanning the bible, both in mans expectations and interpretation of the nature of God and also in his apparent intervention, non-intervention and incarnation and life and ministry, persecution, torture, murder and death as JC.
I personally see God as providing the law, it didnt work, he appeared in person, that didnt work either, I wouldnt blame him if he simply gave up on man and left the earth spinning in space to no purpose and no end but I believe instead he endures because abandoning something that's frustrating is human not divine behaviour, in each generation he tried to redeem the world, the tale of "one good man" and even Johnny Cash's songs on this note make a lot of sense.
Its not fuel for the negative argument but to be truthful an uncaring, unloving, complicit God wouldnt have experienced directly the shit that JC did through the incarnation, this humble, suffering, martyred God contrasts with other faiths I believe and as a result those other faiths strike me as more the projections and wishes of mankind. Human, all too human.