Here would be my SPAG god (if one existed), and it wouldn't have anything to do with the bible. It would create a world where people could easily enough support their basic needs so that we could pursue becoming our greatest, wisest selves. It would encourage learning, growth, love, kindness. It would want us to grow and wouldn't put endless obstacles in the way of so many people that their lives are spent in misery. Instead of petty threats of hell, it would teach through positive reinforcement.
Hi Traveler, I have some questions about this:
* Are you talking about the creation of humans as we know them today?
* If yes to above, does your God grant free will?
* If yes to above, what would your God do in response to human decisions and actions that cause suffering?
I actually think these are some pretty good questions. They made me think a little. I'm not Traveler, but I'll take a stab at them.
I think, in the first case, that, yes, we would be talking about humans who, physically, are basically the same as we know them. There would probably be social differences depending on how much hands-on interference there was from God, and how it went over.
I would also see "free will" being part of the plan. Inusmuch as there actually IS free will. I'm not a particular proponent of the theory that every move we make is somehow programmed into us through every moment of life experience which came before it, and that's not a controversy I want to see here, so let's just leave it at, yes, god gives us the ability to make choices in this scenario.
The last is the most interesting...Because if human evolution as a social species (which I am assuming) were to remain pretty much as it appears to have been in THIS reality, I suppose God would have had to be a bit more hands-on pretty early in the game, making sure that it was clear that those who chose to live their lives peacefully, cooperatively, and in seeking knowledge and wisdom ended up faring better, karma-wise, than those who sought power over others. I don't see this as necessarily a violation of free-will, though it might be, to some extent. I would imagine that an omnipotent power could figure out a way to make it reasonably subtle.
I could probably keep expounding on this until it became an incoherent mess, but it does seem to me that with a reasonably consistent system of reward/punishment for specific behaviors, god could grant free will, yet still end up with a society where peaceful, rational pursuits and a love of education would become the standard.