Atheists since the dawn of forever, have cited suffering and evil as an argument against the existence of God.
For if God is all good how can he let suffering and evil happen?
Science, it turns out, has discovered the answer to that question and that answer is remarkably similar to the meaning set forth in the book of Genesis story of Adam and Eve.
Science has discovered that the laws and parameters that govern the universe are so finely tuned that life in general and human life in particular, could not exist unless they were.
Take all the suffering that is caused by earthquakes and their geological compadres volcanoes and tsunamis.
Earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis wipe out human beings in fits of wholesale slaughter.
But what does science teach us about earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis?
It teaches us that they all are the result of the movement of tectonic plates, vast hemisphere-sized regions of the earth’s crust that constantly slippeddy slide against each other.
Further science teaches that life would not exist without all this tectonic slippeddy sliding.
It turns out that the very natural forces that foster the existence of man are the very forces that produce so much suffering.
In short, the very way the universe is constructed leads to the existence of man and to the very existence of suffering.
And amazingly, the ancient Hebrew nomads who wrote Genesis contemplated this very same conundrum of suffering and came up with the same answer:
Man and suffering go together, for man would rather live free and suffer the consequences than live in paradise with God.
If God listened to the atheist and created a universe without suffering, then whatever creature evolved it would not and could not be man.
In fact, all of life would be unimaginably different.
That is because God would have to change the exact physical parameters that produce life, which includes the human being.
Consequently, when the atheist asks, “How could a God that is all good permit suffering?” the atheist is being ridiculous.
But what could anyone expect from people who believe everything happened all by itself?