I know in Cara's thread we were not allowed to answer for God and that's not what I wanna do here persay, but instead just offer up a simple theory on WHY diseases, poverty, hunger, and tragedies are all allowed to exist. I believe that we are all here at our own free will and this is obviously a place where both good and evil are allowed to co-exist openly and freely, and where illness, disease, and tragedies exist and where children can die of hunger or abuse. And that's because God does not promise that EARTH will be a heavenly place and that your time spent here will be a bed of roses and sunshine, but instead it's a place full of good and evil with blessings and curses happening every single moment of every single day. He does however promise to help you get through and deal with the rough times if you allow him to(and not freak out), and that if you stay faithful to him and help others there will be huge rewards in the end that will be given out in another time & place and will be.........eternal. So for anyone to ask "why God" when it comes to so many horrible things happening here; it's because this is a place where anything can happen and we're basically on our own to sort out the good with the bad, and that this is NOT our final destination and a perfect existence is waiting for us if we choose to believe so and do what it takes to get there.