Testing defence theodicy and Free will
One of the most common defence againt narual evil argument is the
testing one: through disasters, sickness, and malformation,
God wants to check if believers won't rebell against/abandon Him and if their faith isn't based only on convenience or comfort.
==>We can reply that since God is defined as omnipotent, why can't He just "analyse" believers' hearts to check if their faith is genuine? (indeed, abrahamic scriptures often ascribe to God the power of knowing -by "reading" our heart- our deepest and hidden intentions/desires/wished/thoughts ).
Theists admit this power but deny it would be an accurate tool for genuinefaith-detection, because this would violate free will:
eg: suppose I'm a believer and God is seeing now I'm having a little amount of hypocrisy and doubt hidden in my mind against God. And yet, this don't guarantee Him I will keep these defects forever; I may ultimately decide to change and become a better believer.
===>However, if we read scriptures don't we find that after killing Noah's people, God explained to Noah that He knew those people would have never become believers, anyway;
whether He violated free will at that moment or not, this contradicts apologist's point:
so isn't sensible to think He can use his mind-reading power to test our faith instead of natural evil?
What do you think about it?