These are the premises set out for us by both orthodox and popular Christianity:
-Our god is omnipotent, a god of infinite and perfect power, reigning over the natural world and the spiritual realm
-Our god is benevolent, a god of infinite and perfect goodness, caring for us as a parent cares for a child
-Humanity experiences suffering, existing in a fallen state of pain, disease, and violence
This is where the questions begin. If our god is so good, why are we allowed to suffer? Does God not have the power to stop our suffering? Or, if God can prevent human suffering, then is God cruel and uncaring, choosing not to rescue us from pain?