I am reading Exodus. In chapter 32, Moses is speaking to God in the mountain, and because of his taking too long, the people down below who he led up out of Egypt are growing impatient, so as the scriptures go (I don't have a normal bible, I have a Jehovah's Witness edition because it's the only one I've ever had, and I am working on getting a different bible - same basic stories though) everyone begins asking for a God from Aaron and he collects all their gold earrings and forms a golden calf statue which these people begin to worship, build an altar to, make communion sacrifices, etc. and so on. So God sees this, tells Moses about it... This is the part that confuses me. God tells Moses to leave him because God's anger is going to blaze against the people for being a stiff-necked people and acting ruinously. God desires to punish them - to exterminate them. And Moses spoke out against this to God, questioning God's anger and resentment towards the people he has JUST SAVED from the Egyptian hierarchy. Moses literally commands God to feel regret over the evil against his people. He commands God to remember Abraham, Isaac and Israel, of whom God swore to multiply their seeds and give them designated lands for time indefinite. And it worked! God was regretful and Moses descended the mountain. My question... Why is our almighty God, the one who loves everything unconditionally, forgives unconditionally, and is supposedly slow to anger - Why in our bibles does it say he will exterminate his people out of the anger he has enveloped himself in because of their actions? If I am missing something, BY ALL MEANS fill me in!!!