Okay, your first question that brought you to disbelief was if their is truly a God, why is their so much pain and suffering in this world... I lost sleep over this answer yesterday so bare with me dude. My answer; and it may not even be the right one, but my answer is this.
Most people look at God as an old guy on a rocking chair saying "Oh, I love you children all soo much! You befowled my name? Well thats okay, heres a cookie." But if you are going to give God a humanly image at all it should probably be the face of Zeus and the body of Arnold Swchartenegger x10, and this God would hold a shotgun and say "Get off my f***in lawn unless you have a lawn mower and some gas." This is the same God that tore down an entire city simply because they ticked him off... He flooded the entire world because it ticked him off, and finally he got fed up with destroying his creation and decided to have Jesus, the hippie son who was and is and always will be the perfect son in Gods eyes. He was created to be set as an example for us to follow and many of us have followed his example (or tried) for more than 2000 years.
So after all that, why does this God who seems so ruthless let so much pain and suffering happen? He lets it happen because he doesnt care. Why should he care about how life goes here, if he has an eternity of happy living promised to those who follow him and a pure hell for those who dont ask for forgiveness. His hell is wy worse than any suffering that can happen here and his heaven is more happier than anyhting you can find here on earth.
you see, youre looking at life on this earth as if its important but its nothing caompared to what is promised... thats why he allows it.
So if anyone wants to mark this as inapropriate go ahead... but if you look at the old testament which we do follow still, this is who he is. Jesus is the nice guy who died so that God would forgive us when we truly ask for it. He is a fearsome God for a reason. He is the almighty and the all power. He is the Alpha and the Omega...
Either way Alpha, I already know you have found tons of different arguments to pick out in this and thats fine. If you have a question than I will answer it but if you want to argue it I wont, and yes I do realise that nowhere in here did I prove the existance of God for you, but thats something that cant be proven. You can only have faith in it. But, I do hope I atleast gave you the best or at the very least, I gave you the most interesting answer that you have ever heard.
And again, everyone feel free to mark as inapropriate if what I said was wrong...