The answer, of course, is that God is not omnibenevolent. If He was omni-benign, He would treat absolutely everyone in an absolutely wonderful and positive fashion regardless of whether or not they obeyed His laws.
The problem is FORM determines the functions, this is why retarded people are retarded, the blind are blind, etc. Because they have inherited inferiorly designed physical structures, god knows the exact precise chemical and other physical mechanisms that cause people to think incorrectly. People are still ultimately automatons, in that their choices and thoughts are dictated by the physical structure of their brain whether they have free will or not because of god's divine foreknowledge of how the mechanics and chemistry of peoples minds work. God knows exactly what effects nutrients, agents, and other compounds and organisms ingested and exposed to human beings will have on them. He knows exactly what genetics are harmful and the resulting structural errors will cause human malfunctioning and disbelief in him, its all in the design. You believe in god because your exposure to the bible based on your genetically determined brain structure. To say humans have "Free will" is to say humans determine their own potential abilities, that they determine what their body does with nutrients, how their cells repair themselves and changethe structure of their mind, that consciously control their immune system and all the other automated systems that ARE NOT within conscious human control. Its painfully obvious that all people are not made equally, if all people are not made equally then the quality of their choices will very wildly according to their genetically inherited characteristics which shape all human information processing for the duration of their lives.
Not to mention human memory and intelligence varies wildly because human genetics is not standardized in any way, its totally subject to contingency of the mother, her diet, her environmental exposure to toxins, and the same goes for the child after it is born and developing, the first few years of life when you are feeding and looking after a child, your actions or negligence help shape in unknown ways what kind of choices the child will make later in life based on the quality and foundational structures made by cells which ARE beyond human control. All choices are direct results of the quality of intellectual ability you've been given, so you can't get away determinism and that god designed people badly from the star, god is ultimately responsible for everyone’s choices because HE is the designer, who do you blame when robots with free will malfunction and go awry? The designer, especially when that designer is capable of never producing imperfect beings that would not choose him, he intentionally created an imperfect being, not to mention the stupidity of god in not providing serious evidence of his identity so we could figure out whether or not there was a high probability that we were lying to ourselves. A person with different IQ's (and hence different brains) will make radically different choices. If all brains were made standardized they should all come to the proper conclusions.
Humans are simply constructs, if humans truly had free will they would have power equal to god, you can't truly be free without power or resources. Man is a slave, a dependent creature on the current laws of the universe which he has no control over. Think about Man's dependence on his own biology and nature, the water, nutrients, the sun, the solar systems place in the universe that for the moment is preventing the utter annihilation of his race by physical processes that will with 100% certainty wipe out all life when the sun goes or some cosmic calamity happens like a huge meteor strike or say a large chunk of the moon being knocked off by an impact and crashing into the earth.
The sole reason man is barbaric ignorant creature is because he is inferior form of creature, and for the believer, god designed people to be brutish, evil, ignorant, slanderous, etc, because after all god is the one who designed the genetic systems that people run on. He designed their emotional systems, how each individual will react to a situation based on the rules and structures he himself designed. People dont have any control over the rules of how their mind operates, no one has control over whether they learn something or not, or remember something or not, these automatic processes are all beyond conscious human control and were designed by god if you're a believer, so a person is at the whim at what their automated cellular systems were designed and instructed to do by god, your very thoughts and choices are dictated by the rules of those hidden systems you think you are in control of when you are not.
Sleep is the perfect example of how we are not in control or truly free, we cannot truly choose to go without sleep without harming our intellectual functioning or eventually our body forcing the shutdown of our consciousness or "free will center", this proves that people are at the mercy of their automated biological systems.
Edited by mordecai, 04 July 2005 - 09:21 PM.