I'm not sure if this is the right SE but I'll try to ask this here. If it isn't the right SE please tell me in the comments and I'll delete my question.
Usually it's said that God is benevolent because he gave us free will to choose between good and evil, but I don't understand why that is enough to say he is good.
I know that He in some way created the evilness (because he is "so" good that He let us choose our path, either good or evil), but now is the part I don't understand:
Why if we choose the path that He doesn't want (evil) we are punished by Him and sent to hell?
Isn't that the same as being malevolent? He lets us choose between A and B, but if we choose B He will punish us. I don't know about you, but for me that sounds like a dictator.
Why is God "benevolent"? Or maybe the question should be: Why is it said that God "is" benevolent?
P.S: I'm sorry if I offended anyone with this post. I don't mean to. I'm atheist.