Suffering is result of a bad action and who makes that action? Mankind. And not just that, we are told every day that stop doing bad things but we dont listen. Read the hole old testament without a religious perspective, you will realize that those histories show who we are.
He's a ****.<br />
He puts a forbidden fruit for no reason<br />
He let evil into the garden<br />
He punished two people WHO HAD NO KNOWLEDGE OF RIGHT & WRONG so didnt know what they were doing was wrong<br />
And he decided to punish everyone for his own mistake<br />
Also because he doesnt exist.
if one never suffered he wouldn't know how to be thankful and grateful for things that come easy
It is humans who allow and cause sufferings... You should read my blog "a prayer for humanity" it is about that.
My guess is this is a rite of passage through our choices and choices of Other. Bringing in need and gratitude, reaching for constant contact with God... just a guess...
why is it assumed that everyone has benevolent intentions for their creations
God allows free will.. it is man who opens the door for sufferings.
There can be many reasons, and he always isn't the blame. People forget...Satan plays a major role in people's lives. He causes all kinds of destruction, then God gets the blame for it. However, some suffering he allows. It usually takes something drastic in our lives, before we begin to look in the one place, and person, we've ignored up til then. Up to God. And sometimes it is because we have turned our backs on God.