Please help me by giving me your perspective on a topic/issue that has been on my mind for a long time. You might call it a more “down-to-earth and human issue”. Why do bad things happen to good people – and don’t give me that “free will and choice” excuse. Some people are so young that they don’t have free will and sometimes the suffering that people endure is not even the fault of the parents. I have a series of “yes-no” questions for you and a follow up question demanding an explanation. This has puzzled me for a long time and no one has given me a satisfactory explanation – at least an explanation that satisfied me. It is a key thing that drove me away from God – at least the benevolent, fair, all knowing, and all powerful god that most Christians consider. Please don’t give me a complicated convoluted complex high-brow explanation filled with apologist jargon. 1. Is god all-knowing? Yes? 2. Is god all-powerful? Yes? 3. Is god all-good? Yes? 4. Does god hold each one responsible for choices that he makes? Yes? Then how the h@II do you explain this?!?!!? http://www.flatrock.org.nz/topics/odds_and_oddities/ultimate_in_unfair.htm Look at the child practically preparing to be food for the vulture. Did the child, with free will and such, make a decision that resulted in this? In my opinion, if there is a god, he she it or they either don’t know everything that is going on, can’t do anything about what goes on everywhere, does not care what is going on, or is random in the way that he imposes punishment. Explain.