This is an incredibly sadistic world that has existed for millenia before the first human being came onto the scene. The millions (if not billions) of life forms extinguished in the most brutal of fashions had absolutely no moral bearing on anything that any humans have done today. What moral lesson did any human learn about a cute, wide-eyed baby puppy with fluffy ears 3 million years ago who was evicerated by jackals? No human being was around 3 million years ago.
But according to Christianity god was around. He designed the entire scenario for no other audience but himself.
I am ultimately forced to conclude that the Christian god is the most evil being conceivable. And that's not just rhetoric either. I can't think of any being more deplorable. It gives me the image of a child who takes two roosters out into the wilderness under the veil of night just so he can see the two attempt to kill each other, and with no witnesses around. Sadism for his own personal enjoyment.
Natural selection explains why the world is a predatory one. That's because it's restricted by natural laws and scarce resources. What's god's excuse?
Edit: I forgot to also mention that even in a world without free will, sentient beings could still learn. Free will just means that your actions are deterministic, not the information that goes into those actions. Thus free will seems unnecessary to learn about morality, since free will isn't a necessity for learning. Animals can learn, and even some very rudimentary AI can learn. Neither as far as I'm aware, is said to have free will.
There's more to an innocent game of tag than meets the eye. When gorillas play the playground favourite, it teaches them a valuable life lesson about unfairness, social boundaries and retaliation. That, at least, is the conclusion of the first study to observe the primates' reactions to inequity outside a controlled laboratory setting.
Young gorillas often engage in play fights that resemble what children do in a game of tag: one youngster will run up to another and hit it, then run away. The other gorilla then gives chase and hits the first one back
They found that the gorilla that did the hitting almost always moved to run away before its victim started moving. The researchers argue that this means the hitter is expecting retaliation and has therefore learned something about acceptable social behaviour.
Animals have the ability to feel emotional pain just like we do.
After agreeing with all of the evidence of suffering presented:
Let's look at this from a different angle; and corret me if I'm wrong in my assessment.
Say you've been seeing a girl (or a guy? I don't know your gender/preference lol) for a couple of years. You're in a serious relationship and have an agreement not to cheat on each other with a different person. For a couple of months now, you notice your significant other spending more over time at work, is coming home late smelling like cologne/perfume that is not theirs, is starting to be less intimate with you, and seems distant.
One night you notice on his/her cellphone while he/she was sleeping that they got a text message that said “I enjoyed last nite teehee xoxo”.
Now, these observations are consistent with a significant other who is cheating on you. They are not consistent with a significant other who is not cheating on you. I think you are agreeing that these observations are consistent with [a world where an all powerful god of love doesn't exist / the significant other is cheating], yet you want to believe the opposite; that there actually is an all powerful god of love / the significant other has some good reasons for giving all of the telltale signs of cheating.
I'm not in the business of wanting to believe and then living my life as though what I want to believe is true actually is true. That is simply living a delusional life. And I think delusions are bad. I would prefer to see things how they actually are so that if there are things that are wrong with how things actually are, I can make the necessary adjustments to how I go about in the world or to change the world to make it better.
I would rather not stay with a significant other who is cheating on me. I would rather not lie to myself so that I stay faithful to the [in actually nonexistent] loving relationship. I would rather not live on an empty promise.