Writing on Easter Day to Sister Pascaline, Bede Griffith remind her that the God they were celebrating drowned the Egyptians in the Red Sea without mercy, massacred their first-born without pity and commanded his people to occupy the land of other peoples.
« Such a God is obviously intolerable. It was concealed before because the Fathers interpreted it all in an allegorical sens, but the brute reality remains. »
Equally, he was appalled by the violence of some of the Psalms : « God is love and mercy and grace and truth to the people of Israel, but for those outside, he has no pity. He « hates » the wicked, he judges and condemns, he punishes in his wrath and this extend to all humanity.
It seems to me that Jesus came to put an end to this jealous God and in his final surrender on the cross gave up the God of Israel (My God, my God why have you forsaken me ?) and in total surrender to death and the void, realised the absolute truth and the absolute love, which alone is God. »
Beyond the Darkness (on Bede Griffith by Shirley du Boulay)