They say that God is ever merciful and loves each and every soul walking the earth. The Christians who are reading this, I need to ask you: where are you getting this information? The bible? Using the bible as a reference, I'm going to attempt to validate these claims.
I think the best place to start would be with the story of the ten plagues of Egypt. This happens to be in my top five favourite bible stories. Even though I'm certain those events never even happened, you, the reader, you believe they did, so I'm just going humour it. Grab your bible, turn to Exodus 7, go sit on the crapper and have a good read. Continue reading this article when you're done.
Okay, now that you've actually read this story from the source (probably for the first time ever), I think its safe for me to assume they left a few details out in Sunday school. The first thing I need to point out is in the times of pharaohs, Egypt was not a democracy. The people had no say in what was going on and it all came down to the Pharaoh's decisions. Now ask yourself this: why would god punish the regular folk for the actions of their leader? Is this something a just god would do? Forwarding a little forward into the story, God himself "hardens the heart" of the pharaoh so that he can PERSONALLY kill a bunch of innocent children. If you respond with that "they're with God now" crap, I will punch you in the nuts until you pass out. Another thing worth considering is why the doors needed to be marked. Is God unable to tell the people apart? If you were God, what would you do? Torture and kill masses of people who doesn't have a say in the matter, or just smite the pharaoh and get it over and done with?
The next story to check out is the book of Job. Again, I'm certain these events never happened, you believe it did, etc. In a nutshell, Job was a wealthy man. He had everything a man from those times could have wanted, from gold to cattle to a respected family. He was a very faithful servant of God and praised his name every chance he got. Satan went to God and told him that Job was only faithful because of his wealth, so they started a wager. God proceeded to take away everything Job owned. He sent bandits to kill all his livestock and his wife and children died violent deaths. Job remained faithful, but God wasn't done torturing Job yet. He then plagued the poor man with boils and other horrible ailments until all that remained was the shadow of a poor broken man. Job remained faithful, God won the wager and Job got rewarded. Now I'm betting you're thinking something along the lines of "but you see, Job got rewarded, because God is good!". Yea? Well what about his family? What about his children? Do you honestly think a loving merciful god would slaughter innocent children in the name of a stupid bet? Did Job get his family back after getting tortured to near death? Is ANY reward worth watching your family die at the hands of low-lives?
The fact of the matter is the bible is fiction and nothing more, but you choose to believe it to be a tome of facts. You have every right to believe it, but at least make an effort to read it if you're that serious about it. If you actually spend time reading your bible instead of just cherry picking between the warm and fuzzy bits your church feeds you, you will find that the god you devote your life to is far from merciful and loving.
Now turn your bible to Numbers 31 and read verses 7 to 18. What happened here was God ordered the Israelite army to attack Medina. When the battle was over and all the men were dead, Moses ordered his army to kill all the women and all the boys, leaving only the young girls who were virgins to take for themselves, just as God ordered Moses. Again your peaceful and merciful god ordering the killing of children. The young virgin girls? Do you think they went willingly? Nope, they got raped and forced into marriage, because so is the will of God.
Next go to Deuteronomy 20:10-14. No need to talk about, just read it right here: "As you approach a town to attack it, first offer its people terms for peace. If they accept your terms and open the gates to you, then all the people inside will serve you in forced labour. But if they refuse to make peace and prepare to fight, you must attack the town. When the LORD your God hands it over to you, kill every man in the town. But you may keep for yourselves all the women, children, livestock, and other plunder. You may enjoy the spoils of your enemies that the LORD your God has given you." Slavery and rape is wrong, but hey, this is from God, right?
Read Deuteronomy 22:28-29. So the million dollar question here is what kind of sick lunatic would make a rape victim marry her attacker? Apparently God would.
Gentlemen, I have merely scratched the surface. Your bible contains a sickening amount of bigotry, homophobia, misogyny, genocide and rape, and it is all God's will. You call yourself a Christian? Read your bible.