Well my views aren't as mainstream so I probably can't answer the first part. I think man dies in hell. I think Genesis is metaphorical. And I think the devil is more of a force than an entity. Although I would have a hard time articulating the last statement. I see evil more than some thing that can't think. I believe evil often has purpose and targets. But I don't think there is some guy with a pitchfork. So I don't know how to explain it. Maybe like an infection of the soul would be the best way<quoted text>
The absence of preventable pain and suffering.
I still don't understand why a good god would need to build a hell, or why it would unleash a master demon on our universe that it rejected in heaven. Why not flood and drown it like it did mankind and most animal life - or whatever it takes to kill such a thing?
Also, giving us reason, a holy book full of errors, and a planet full of fossils is a little suspect.
Which has the power to do something about that? I don't. I blame everybody that can right that wrong but won't, which has to include an omnipotent god. That's fair, isn't it?
As for the second part I agree with you in theory but I think you may be oversimplifying it. For example, someone might think the best way reduce crime is to enforce a 6pm martial law curfew. It stops a lot of wrongs. But at what cost?
I really can't think of a way God could prevent wrongs against others (for the most part anyway) without tampering with free will
Then you got another possible factor. I believe this life is a test. If this life was all there was and it was are only go around then I'd be more inclined to agree. But in the same way say patents being strict can piss a kid off yet when he gets older he appreciates that it built character and better prepared him for life, I think life being how it is better prepares us to become who we need to be so we can enter the next life
But I do get your logic obviously. And sometimes there is no reason to complicate things. If someone can stop bad things from happening then why not? But I just think this situation isn't as obvious