The English philosopher and economist John Stuart Mill once said;
“A being who can create a men devoid of real freedom and inevitably foredoomed to be sinners, and then punish them for being what he has made them, may be omnipotent and various other things, but he is not what the English language has always intended by the adjective holy.”
The German philosopher and champion of pessimism Arthur Schopenhauer along similar lines says;
“That a god like Jehovah should have created this world of misery and woe, out of pure caprice, and because he enjoyed doing it, and should then have clapped his hands in praise of his own work and declared everything to be very good – that will not do at all!”
You have to muse on the motives of god really don’t you? I mean he can’t even get the weather right without killing people in hurricanes, floods and earthquakes these days. The god of the old testament of course wasn’t averse flooding (for 150 days) what he’d created, he indulged in genocide and pestilence too.
So the lord sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even to the time appointed: and there died of the people from Dan even to Beersheba seventy thousand men. (Samuel 24:15).
But really for me, this last quote says it all from the Greek philosopher Epicurus who asks;
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”