Why was the world created then, skep?
Also, if your god doesn't need worship, why do you think he punishes those that dont?
The world was created for us.
In the same way a parent would punish their child if they complained about the Mercedes.
But what was the world created for us to do with it, other than to arrange our lives in such a way as to worship god to show our gratitude-- for him creating the world? A big circle of fail. Your analogy implies that the parent has the child in order to give it a Mercedes
, and to then have the kid be grateful about it.
And you did not address the other point, that most of what god has created has nothing to do with humans at all. A complete waste of time and space. In fact, if god made all that with us in mind, he does not even seem to like us very much. Around 99.99999999% of the universe is actively hostile to human life, ie trying to kill us, and most of the earth is unable to support human life without a lot of non-god help.
To extend your car analogy, the parent built an enormous factory that churns out all kinds of things, including the Mercedes that the kids all get on their birthday. But every other day a giant angry robot comes out of the factory and chases the kids and tries to kill them; and a huge tank tries to roll over them and crush them, and a death ray machine fires at them constantly, and a water cannon machine shoots tons of water at them.
The kids that manage to survive all that (by evolving resistance to the stuff that killed off the rest) get the Mercedes. Hurray! Thanks, god-parent!
Only, 25% of the Mercedes won't ever even start.
Of the ones that start, only a third run really well.
The rest of the Mercedes break down: the engine seizes up, it stalls by the side of the road, it catches fire and explodes, it crashes into trees when the brakes fail.
So, then the parent gets angry because not all the kids are grateful enough? And decides to let the giant robot crush them for all eternity. Nice.
What is really effed up about this whole scenario is that the kids who are the most grateful are the ones who end up with cars that are crap and don't run at all. Their gratitude is thrown back into their faces like a pile of sh!t. The most devout god-believing people in the world are in third world countries where their lives are awful beyond belief. Nobody prays more and is more open to god than war refugees or parents watching their children die in poverty. And nobody gets less of god's loving care.
Can you blame them if they lose hope and ask for a Rolls?
The kids who get the really nice, well-running cars completely ignore the gratitude thing and nothing bad ever seems to happen to them. In fact, sometimes they do get the Rolls as well. Secular people in the US, Europe and Japan, who never even think about god one way or another, live long, healthy, happy lives with relative peace and prosperity. I am an atheist with a very good life, due to accident of birth. God must have wanted me to be happy and privileged, as well as undeserving and ungrateful.
It's just as if real life is the exact opposite of the fairy tales
where the poor, humble grateful child who treats the witch with respect gets the castle and the kingdom. Wonder why that is.....