Many of you have heard of the concept known widely as Hanlon's Razor. The idea is that that one should not attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. So maybe, rather than a meanie, just a clueless dimwit. Or maybe both. To answer the question, let's look at Jesus through the eyes of his victims.
Of all the cruelty Jesus dishes out, he saves some of his best for his own disciples, Peter in particular. In Matthew Chapter 14, when Peter makes a gigantic leap of faith and then wavers slightly, Jesus fails even to notice the leap, but instead scolds Peter for doubting. In Chapter 16, Jesus announces to his disciples that he will soon be tortured to death. When Peter expresses perfectly sane and normal outrage, Jesus severely chastises him, calling him a stumbling block, even calling him Satan. In Chapter 26, Peter affirms his steadfast loyalty to Jesus. Rather than expressing the slightest warm sentiment in return, Jesus smacks him down with a good shaming, sniping that several times in the near future, Peter will deny that he even knows Jesus. A surprise in Chapter 17: Jesus pays Peter's taxes. It seems rather unfair that he doesn't pay taxes for anyone else, but perhaps some karmic force is at work here, providing a small consolation to Peter for the excess of bad treatment he receives from Jesus.
In Chapter 8, we see Jesus contemptuously dismissing the grief of a man who has just lost his father. Also in Chapter 8, he deliberately causes significant losses to innocent pig farmers. In Chapter 19, he verbally bitch-slaps a man for asking how to avoid hell. In Chapter 22, he announces that there is no sex in heaven. This, he could have kept to himself.
In Chapters 8, 9, and 15, we find Jesus commending and rewarding six different people for their exemplary faith. Strangely, he doesn't invite any of them to become his disciples, although clearly they would have been far more effective than the disciples he chose. Here, the stupidity explanation seems likely, given that he spends so much of his time complaining about the inadequate faith of his chosen ones. On top of stupidity, a pronounced failure of introspection, as he always blames them for their lack of faith, rather than simply admitting the truth: that he sucks at choosing disciples. Further examples of incompetence and finger-pointing can be found in Chapters 15 and 16, when he scolds them all for their inability to understand his badly presented, nonsensical teachings.
That's 10.7. Thanks for watching.