I heard that when Steve Jobs was young, he asked his pastor if God saw the suffering, starving children of Africa. His pastor said yes, and Steve left the church and did not return. An Episcopal priest friend of mine once told me that of all non-believers he had encountered -- not just non-Christians, but atheists and agnostics -- the number one reason for their unbelief was suffering. If there is a God, and He is all-powerful, good, and merciful, why doesn't He do something about suffering, especially suffering of the innocent. If someone raised this question and concern with you, how would you answer? I know we live in a fallen world, but that doesn't seem to be a sufficient answer or explanation -- if God has the characteristics which we attribute to Him.