If we were protected from every bad thing that could ever happen, what would we be like? I would think we would take everything good for granted and just expect it all the time. I think you have to know the bad to appreciate the good.<quoted text>I understand the parent analogy, but I don't think it works. Parents are human beings. We are tangible and flawed.
God is not.
So there is really no reason for such a being to allow us to flounder about, killing each other, raping, stealing, and acting like barbarians. Yet he does allow it. Every stinking day.
I had a brother that died not too long after he was born. I don't know to what extent infants can suffer, but I assume they feel pain just like anyone else. Their brains and nervous systems are formed enough for that to be the case.
I wonder how much pain my brother suffered before finally taking his last tiny breath?
Now, if I believed in god for a second I would feel nothing but contempt for a monster that could create that sort of condition.
Thankfully I don't. Nature is what nature is. And sometimes she's a bitch.
I think the analogy works very well. I think it closely parallels.