The enemy of good blinded the minds of men, so that they looked upon God with fear; they thought of Him as severe and unforgiving. Satan led men to conceive of God as a being whose chief attribute is stern justice,—one who is a severe judge, a harsh, exacting creditor...It was to remove this dark shadow, by revealing to the world the infinite love of God, that Jesus came to live among men." - Steps to Christ, page 10.3