I have a different rebuttal, and you are free and welcome to use it in the argument.NSKimura wrote: ↑Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:42 pma teacher who knows very well who will pass/fail an exam, will nevertheless test her students, despite what he knows about them, so too does God test us in life even thought he knows who will pass/fail.
He got me good with this one at that moment. I could see the analogy but couldn't carry it all the way to absurdity or show that there was a dis-analogy.
A teacher tests her students despite knowing ahead of time how each will perform, because s/he, the teacher, needs a paper trail to prove that her/his assigning marks was not purely random or arbitrary. S/he has to show to the school board, on the occasional audit, many things, including why students got grades that they have.
Another reason to keep a paper trail of her / his work and decisions is to fend off irate parents or guardians or students themselves. "Why did I get partial marks only on question three?" asks the student. The teacher replies, "Because aplusbtimesaminusb is asquareaminusbsquare, and not what you wrote, asquareminustwoabplusbsquare."
But, presumably, there is no audit checking god's work, so there is no need for testing, really.