In most of the old polytheistic religions that I know of, the gods are neither omnipotent nor omniscient, and have more or less human personalities. We can expect, say, the Greek gods to behave arbitrarily and make the occasional mistake, because, after all, they're only superhuman. A lot of the weird stories and rituals also make some sense in context. Odin had to hang himself on the World Tree in order to gain arcane knowledge, because that was presumably the only way that even a god could access it. On the other hand, the idea that Jesus had to die on the cross to pay for the sins of mankind makes less sense to me, because: 1) the mainstream Christian concept of the Triune God essentially means that the entity atoning for mankind was the same one who had condemned them in the first place, and 2) resurrection isn't really that much of a feat for someone with infinite power.
To play devil's advocate (or would that be God's advocate?) for a moment, I believe I've seen the intriguing notion proposed that, even though God is technically all-knowing, He's too separated from mankind to fully understand them. This would mean that His incarnation as Jesus would be as much for His own benefit as for that of humans. That would mean God isn't perfect, because a perfect being would presumably understand humans, well, perfectly. Then again, why would a totally perfect entity desire love anyway? We could also return to the old notion of a deity playing games with the Universe, or perhaps as somewhat of an author with us as His fictional creations. I think it's pretty typical for a writer of fictions to have a certain amount of love for his or her characters, but is still willing to torment them if he or she thinks it works for the sake of the story. In this case, God's love would be more akin to that than to the love of a parent for a child. I don't know. It just seems to me that the idea of an all-powerful, all-knowing being creates more problems than it solves.
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