|"In fact, even if you don't accept Abrahamic theistic belief, it is still a mistake to look at physical suffering due to external causes as evil."|
Sure, if you're an atheist.
But, if you believe in a kind, omnipotent God, who could rid the world of mosquitoes in an instant, and chooses not to, causing millions of his allegedly beloved children to die agonizing, preventable deaths -- still not evil by your logic? Because then the external cause is due to deliberate inaction by God, and not just due to a bunch of parasitic species doing what parasites do.
"But if the mere existence of pain disproves God's existence then skinned knees and hickeys disprove his existence. There's no need to bring in emotional bogey men like AIDS and cancer. We all die, we all suffer pain. The child has to learn to deal with this. But we are adults, not children."
Strawman argument. I'm not talking about minor, trivial pain. I'm talking about people dying agonizing deaths that, if a human being were to deliberately inflict upon one of us, we would consider them an inhuman monster and probably lock them up. AIDS and cancer aren't "emotional bogey men", they're an integral part of the point I was making.
"Did you even read my post, Jim?"
I read your post. I just didn't agree with it. Happens.