Let’s say that I have the ability to create life, even sentient life. Would it then be ethical for me to torture and kill that life? Would the amount of power I have change that ethic?
(Obviously I don’t think that god or Satan exists, this is just for a thought experiment.)
One of my big problems with the Abrahamic religions in particular, is the barbarity of god towards his own creation. This god can torture something for an infinite time period or kill it and god is somehow still seen as good. The devil is known for killing, stealing and destroying and he is defined as bad. However, when god literally kills and destroys everything on earth with a flood, he is seen as a good entity. This god could be the main villain in a Avengers movie.
I would argue if that if I could create life, and then I torture my creation I am no better than a person who would torture animals. The same can be said for the Abrahamic god. In the garden of Eden, god put a tree in there that it knew man would eat from, and then pushed not only them, but all future generations by making their lives hard as well as eternal torture if they didn’t follow this gods bizarre rules. If I had a steak out on my counter that I knew my dog would go eat, would it be ethical for me to throw the dog outside forever alongside its puppies, and its puppies puppies and beat the ones forever that don’t obey me? This just sounds like profound silliness from an ancient, sadistic mind.
I would also argue that if I were to be infinitely powerful, that would not change this ethic at all. Let’s say that Satan took gods place somehow and was infinitely powerful, would it then be okay for him to kill people?
What are your thoughts on this subject? Are there any interesting nuances to the argument?