Can he choose to do something that will hurt someone instead of benefit everybody?
Yes, of course. He never will though. But, He could. Just like how I will never lick a toilet seat. But, i could.
What about when he was wondering where Satan was... and asked him "Hey, where you been bro?" And Satan said, "Wandering around the earth dawg." And God said, "Look at my good worshiper, Lot... he's my boy! He worships the heck out of me! I'm great!"
And Satan said, "He wouldn't worship you so much if you let me smite his stuff."
God said, "Sure, I created you and Lot and the Earth... go to town, smash up his crap."
And Satan killed all of Lot's crops and slaves and family and smashed his house.
Lot didn't bend so God bragged about him some more... "See that guy? You ruined his life and he's crippled with grief cuz I let you... hahaha... but he still thinks I'm his great lord! (idiot)"
Satan struck lot with boils and disease and all of Lot's friends turned on him and said that he must have done something to deserve it since they were too scared of their evil bully god.
Lot pleaded with God but God let him suffer more and more... then God ripped Lot a new one for questioning him. But, in the end, it all worked out because God gave Lot a new house and family...
...well, except for the servants who were brutally murdered... except for Lot's first family who was brutally murdered...
But I guess those people were just Lot's property right? Who cares about them? Certainly not a caring or loving god who took a bet with his buddy Satan.
Yay God! Our hero.
That's exactly how a loving parent would act right?
Skeptic says to his neighbor. "My child loves me no matter what!" Neighbor says, "I bet they wouldn't if you let me destroy all their stuff and killed their friends?" Skeptic says... "Ho ho ho! Yes, I will let you do that! I happily take your bet." Neighbor goes on rampage but Skeptic's kid still loves him. Neighbor says, "Well, if you let me inflict all kinds of diseases on your kid?" Skeptic says, "Sure, go for it!"
After all that, Skeptic's kid still is dumb enough to love him, but questions, "Dad, why did you let the neighbor do all these awful things for no good reason at all when you easily could have stopped him if you claim to love me?"
And Skeptic says, "Ho Ho HO! How dare you QUESTION ME!?! Grrr... I am beyond question! Besides, I'll get you new pets and you can make different friends, and we'll take you to the hospital where they can treat you for super-shingles... it'll be a few months til you're better but that's ok."
Objectively... no loving parent would EVER... EVER... EVER... act like god. God does hurt individuals as part of "his plan".
Look at all the supporting characters who die for no reason in the bible?
David sins with Bathsheba... who dies? The innocent baby... does David die? No. Does Bathsheba die? No. The baby.
Look at when David screws up the census... who dies? Random people struck down with god's disease.
Old Testament God = Evil Genie with a Monkey's Paw