Well Sojo it makes me feel so much better to know that I'm part of a big fairy tale. Please...if your God knows everything that's going to happen, then why can't he just end all suffering? This is real life here buddy, not a story. It seems to me if he was as loving and compassionate as you say he is, he'd give a little more. What about all the child pornographers out there? Huh? He cares enough about the kids to make them suffer through unspeakable terrors and then grants them mercy when they die. Yeah, sounds just like the type of God I want to worship. "Listen, I'm going to put you through a lot of crap, but if you worship me then I'll kill you and you can come to heaven. Oh one more thing if you don't worship me, then I'm sending you to Hell which will make getting raped feel like a walk in the park. Another thing I'm going to do is not show up for a very long time so you have to question you faith. Yeah you heard me right. I'm not coming around and you still have to worship me or else that getting raped thing is nothing compaired to the punishment you'll get when my ex-BFF Satan get's a hold of you."
Seriously though, if he's going to end all the suffering eventually why not now? Let's get this over with and move on to the next phase of the design.
I see what you're saying and it seems logical from the standpoint of human reasoning, but again, we are men and see with the eyes of man. I suppose it is natural for a man who has not had a revelation of who God is and His love to question His goodness, as this world seems to strongly contradict He is loving.
I've said, at times, that if there was no God I'd curse the mindless processes that made us, as they would be the most cruel of all things, but I know that my ending shall not be forever terrible. The greatest test of life for the man who has seen God at one time is to continue to believe God, for God will allow everything around us to preach it was a lie or a delusion. I have had times where I truly began to doubt God and show Him disrespect and strongly question Him, but everytime after I end up in tears, because He reveals Himself to me, and I have to say, "Lord, forgive me, for in ignorance I questioned you."
God flat out allowed Job to suffer, telling Lucifer to his face that he could afflict Job and kill his family, and I'm sure Job began to question if this God who revealed Himself to him in times of old was really loving. In Job's torment he cried out and questioned, but in the end God revealed Himself to Job, and Job said,
Then Job answered the LORD and said: “I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. Listen, please, and let me speak; You said, ‘I will question you, and you shall answer Me.’ “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes.”
Shaggy, I'm not kidding you when I say I am absolutely confident that the God of the Bible is a reality, and I know for a fact that we will all stand before Him, rather bow. His invitation to be counted among His blessed goes throughout all the earth and whoever receives His invitation will live forever in His goodness.