Good point - but, the ant analogy is bad. We co-exist with the ants, we didn't create them, and we aren't responsible for their development. I think people would say that the relationship between god and his followers would be more like parents and children. Parents want their children to love them and respect them, and will dicipline them when they do something wrong, because ultimately they want the best for them and they want them to turn out good and well behaved people.
There is no analogy to be drawn between parent/child relationships and god/human relationships. It wasn't even worth mentioning it. All analogies fail at some point, but this one fails right at the start.
Parents are not morally perfect, and therefore are allowed any mistakes they make, but god must be perfect in order to deserve his status. Parents did not 'create' their children, not in anywhere approaching the same sense as god apparently created humans, and most importantly, children can see that their parents definitely exist, it's a fact.
It doesn't even begin to address the paradox I stated earlier.
No, what religious people would say to my argument is that it's not god who's getting the benefit of the love/worship relationship between himself and humans, it's we who get the benefit, and therefore god is benevolent in giving us the opportunity to do so.
And I say 'fine' to that, if it makes you feel better spending your life worshipping imaginary things, good luck to you.
However, I'm content in my assertion that the only logical course of action to take is to do nothing. Not worship. If there is no god, I was right, if there is a god who's morally perfect and therefore doesn't want worship, I was right, and if there is a god who does demand you worship, it doesn't deserve such worship, and I was right again.
Also maybe its a bit pessimistic to say there's enough evidence for their to be an evil god, and maybe even an indifferent one - maybe this is the way things are supposed to be and its going great in god's opinion? Always a balance between good and evil... remember the Matrix? How they created a perfect utopia and the humans didn't accept it, they had to create a city like from today, where people could express themselves in the varying degrees of good and bad... like what I was saying before... I'm sure this concept isn't new, I bet its in some philosophy or other and the Watchowski brothers were all into that stuff when they were writing the movie.
No, the argument to justify human evils is that we were not created as automatons who could only do good, that would be pointless, we were given free will so we could freely choose to be good, and in order for that to be the case, we must have the free chocie to do evil, and also must actually make that choice sometimes, it's no good if it's just a possiblity that we can't actually realise.
However, it's just as likely that the god is evil, becasue that argument works both ways.
In order for us to truly be able to do evil, we have to have free will, not just be automatons, and therefore the possibility and reality of being able to do good must exist.
Can you say that more evil or good happens in the world, or vice versa?