Well, mostly I agree, except dumb is too mild a term - in a word it is an evil argument, as your explanation showed. It is coercive and mean, to put it mildly. sadistic gets closer. evil gets closer still. your comment was excellent, and combined what was a reasonable argument, with the vividness of your own experience. I am sorry that happened to you.<quoted text>
I see that this has been posted 2 or 3 times so maybe I'm replying to a person who isn't interested in having a discussion? I don't know.
But anyway, this conception of god and free will is, in my view, problematic as hell. In fact all free arguments are problematic, especially when used to justify belief in god.
If god created the universe for the sole purpose of ensuring that human beings could freely choose to love him then imagine for a moment how selfish and mean such a god would have to be. We struggle here on Earth every day with disease, violence, heartbreak, terror, and the impending threat of death. God is absolutely SILENT about it. We have a book that some people is the word of god, but god never shows up to tell us one way or the other. We are absolutely blind and left to our own devices. Why? So our choices will not be biased? So god can have a companion that isn't coerced?
Yet coercion is exactly what is going on. When I got saved as a young teen it was because the church I went to scared the crap out of me with talk of hellfire. I freely chose to get saved because I didn't want to be tortured. How is that free will?
No, I reject your hypothesis about reality. If a god exists as described in your post then that god is a selfish, mean, evil being and I have no desire to pay such a being any respect at all.
The free will defense of a Biblical god is, in a word, a dumb argument.
I was so lucky never to be put through any of that nonsense. My parents were agnostic atheists, thought they did not know the term.
I do not know what triggers the wonderful freeing of onesself that happens when folks like you start to get wise and get free of religious indoctrination and coercion, but bravo for you and all the rest.