It really frustrates me that the main argument that comes up to dis-prove God's existence is the suffering in the world.
I kicked back a few comments to an atheist on Twitter recently (follow me @talk_c) who seemed to think it was an abomination that the privileged should pray to their God, yet the God of the starving and war-stricken does nothing to intervene!
Firstly there is only one God, God of Heaven and Earth, creator of all things. He is not 'good God' to one and 'Bad God' to another, how could that work?
The last act God did that He knew would cause suffering, was to send His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross in our place. He knew then exactly the suffering that was about to be inflicted, yet He went ahead and allowed it to happen because of His overwhelming love for us.
He created a perfect world for us to live in, but we, Humankind, ruined that world through our own choices - as we still do today. One day it will come full circle and we will be able to live in that perfect world as He had envisaged it Isiah 65:17.
God knew how the world would pan out from start to finish, if we chose from the very beginning to only ever follow Him, it would still be perfect. However, we chose not too, so the world is not perfect, it will suffer from natural disasters, people will be cruel to each other and babies will die - because the world is not perfect.
Does this mean He shouldn't have gone through with His plan for creation? Just carried on about His business floating around in nothingness, because He saw the possibility for Human failure?
Not at all. If you are a parent did you think, well one day they might disappoint me so I won't bother having children, or have they brought you far more joy than you could ever know that outweighs the bad times?
I leave you with this thought taken from 'The Life Application Study Bible'. In John 9:3 Jesus talks to his disciples about how a man was blind in order to display the works of God through his life.
Good behaviour is not always rewarded and bad behaviour is not always punished. Innocent people suffer, if God removed suffering every time we asked, we would follow Him for comfort and convenience, not out of love and devotion for Him.
Regardless of the reasons for our suffering, Jesus has the power to help us deal with it, whatever it is. Try not to ask "why did this happen?" or "what did I do wrong?" Instead ask God to give you strength for the trial and a clearer perspective on what is happening.
God Bless you all!