I saw a post at the beginning of the "Why I believe in God" thread that suggested that we categorize our discussions instead of lumping them all into one big "God's existence" thread. So, I'll start a few categories. This one is for discussion who and what God is, why and how he might exist, and the same questions about sin. Also related are questions like "Why does God let sin live". This is basically the thready for all the big questions you would ask God... if He exists... related to Him and His creation. To begin, I'll answer the question "why does God allow suffering?" God allows suffering because He is merciful. He is giving Satan a chance to prove himself, and his ways, as better than God and His ways. Thus, God allowed Satan to influence and deceive mankind. Suffering is the result of man's sin. God does not want His children to suffer, but He is very merciful toward us and Satan, so He allows it... temporarily.