"But when the angel stretched forth his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it,
the LORD regretted the calamity
and said to the angel causing the destruction among the people,
“Enough now! Stay your hand.” "
(2 Samuel 24: 13-15)
A jealous and avenging God is the LORD, an avenger is the LORD, and angry; The LORD brings vengeance on his adversaries, and lays up wrath for his enemies;”
My question involves the passages above and the many similar passages in the Old Testament.
None of the above descriptions seem theologically justified; we are taught certain fundamental aspects of the nature of God, a compilation of which stresses His perfection in every trait. He is all loving and the source of all goodness, and therefore has need of nothing more and cannot be jealous.
Hatred, anger, jealousy, and some of the traits the prophets ascribe to Him are inconsistent with teachings about His very nature.
This speech about wrath, anger, jealousy, and the Lord “regretting” actions seem to reflect not God’s actual will or characteristics, but the opinions or personal standpoints of the writers of the Holy Writ.
What does the Church say about attributing negative anthromorphisms to a perfect Lord incapable of any of these traits?