Hmmmmmm… So what I hear you saying is that if we acquire good character just because we believe that God exists and is watching our every move, then those good character traits are suspect because we are only acquiring them out of fear? I do understand that but what we do should not be out of fear of punishment, but rather because it is the “right thing” to do. That is noble of you, but there really is no way to separate our knowing that there will be a reward in the afterlife from doing it out of a sense of what is right, unless we do not believe in God or an afterlife.
We don't know, and have no evidence, that God exists or there's an afterlife. We therefore make our moral decisions without divine fetters.
Moreover, I think that God designed it this way, that we know that what we do here will reap a future reward in heaven, because most people won’t sacrifice their selfish desires unless there is a reward of some kind.The thing is, taking God seriously and trying to meet the requirements is not that easy, so it is according to God’s consummate justice that there is a reward.
Again, we can't even know God exists. Religious hearsay is just that. God doesn't interact or communicate, It just watches, which you appear to understand, but you just can't get past the artificial "knowledge" of God via the various revealed religions.
“Were the mysteries, that are known to none except God, to be unraveled, the whole of mankind would witness the evidences of perfect and consummate justice. With a certitude that none can question, all men would cleave to His commandments, and would scrupulously observe them. We, verily, have decreed in Our Book a goodly and bountiful reward to whosoever will turn away from wickedness and lead a chaste and godly life. He, in truth, is the Great Giver, the All-Bountiful.”
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 117
Those believers who believe they are saved and forgiven by the blood of Jesus without having to sacrifice any of their selfish desires will not get the same reward as those who did sacrifice. The whole system is pretty fair.
No human, or animal, can replace the need for our repentance with their sacrifice. It's a pagan concept.
You are right, there has to be something akin to free will in the afterlife because the only alternative is that God just moves us along a conveyor belt… That does not make sense, especially given we are told that the afterlife is just a continuation of this life, only without all the physical requirements we have here.
Proposing that God and an afterlife exist is presumption enough, given that there's no evidence for either. Further speculation on a description of that afterlife is 100% fantasy.