Let’s assume that God exists. Let us also imagine that God did not write a book that described his wonderful attributes. We would then be in the position of learning about God based solely on what he created.
If we look for God’s attributes based only on what he created, what would we conclude?
God is a fan of extreme sports
If you look around, you will see living things in violent, bloody competition of survival. I would conclude that God enjoys extreme sports. Think about it. If you were to design a world with different living creatures, would you put them in survival competition against each other? Imagine you created different types of artificial intelligence with unique purposes. Picture robots performing different functions. Would you create them in such a way where they have to try and destroy each other to survive? Of course not. Not unless you enjoyed the battles (which is possible).
In response to this argument, one of my friends said “living things live and die… that’s the natural cycle of things.” It seems natural to us, because that is what we know. It doesn’t have to be that we though. God could have created a world where animals weren’t trying to eat each other.
Someone pointed out to me that all living things used to be peaceful, until the original sin ruined it all (I’m paraphrasing). Apparently tigers used to be herbivores? I don’t know. However, we wouldn’t know that the world used to be a peaceful place had God not written a book telling us how wonderful he is.
God is a poor engineer by human standards
Many living things are poorly designed. You can find a long list here. For example:
Crowded teeth and poor sinus drainage, as human faces are significantly flatter than those of other primates and humans share the same tooth set. This results in a number of problems, most notably with wisdom teeth.
Male beetles of several Callosobruchus species have sharp edges on their sperm-delivery organs. The females’ ducts grow a bit of extra toughening but not enough to make sex safe from the risk of injury.
God is cruel
Even if you accept the premise that it is necessary for animals to kill each other in order to ‘maintain balance’ (which I don’t), you would still have to conclude that there is a lot of suffering that is completely unnecessary. A designer who found it necessary to have animals kill each other could still have had them anesthetize their prey first.
Why is our conception of God different?
Most people think of God as loving, pure and just. Why? If we look at nature, that is not what we see. Our opinion about God is apparently strictly based on what we learned about him from the book(s) he his written (or movies he has directed). Should the inconsistency between what we see and what we are told be a concern for those who are searching for truth?