"Before a person can even formulate a question about God they must assume his goodness since his omnibenevelance is fundamental to the definition of God. If you don't do this, then the subject you are addressing isn't God. Surely you can understand this simple logic."
Oh for petes sake! your trying to win an argument using an argument-per-definition, AND YOU ARE NOT EVEN TRYING TO HIDE THE FACT!
You wrote about Shivah the destoyer, who you can judge:
I can logically make a judgment of Shiva the god. But, as soon as I make the statement "God is not good", I have an impossibility, a non-sequitur.
Leave it to a theist to turn a rational conversation into wordplay. Lets leave the wordplay about God (as in, a creature who per definition is good), and turn to what we are discussing: the God (yahweh) of the bible. I will restate my position:
You have somehow read about him, yahweh, the character in the bible, and arrived at the conclusion he is a good person. You have made a judgement regarding his character.
All i am telling you is that if its okay for YOU to make such a judgement based on certain scripture, you cant go around knock us for judging the same character based on other scripture. You cant have it both ways. Either you have to be the good of the bible to judge the good of the bible - in which case neither of us can do it - or we are both entitled to being able to judge him, just like you have done.