"Why does your god kill an 8 year old kid in Boston? Why does your god blow up a fertilizer plant killing 15 people? Why does your god starve millions upon millions of people? Why?"
I always find it amusing when atheists try to define other people's faith in God by their own simple terms. You proclaim your faith in science but then you try to apply the non-scientific approach of cause and effect to God.
Admitting to what you don't know is the first step in acquiring knowledge. While none of us knows the answer, and at the risk of scaring you into thinking that I'm trying to ram something down your throat, I wills share a theory of belief I have come to terms with. You can stop reading here if you are not open to possibilities.
It is my belief that God gave mankind a beautiful world in which to live, but he also gave us absolute freedom to accept His gift or reject it. Our rejection of God has left us with a world of evil, danger and hardship. I also believe that our time here on earth serves some type of purpose but we may not realize what that is until it's over. In that sense, we will look back on the things we judge as terrible in our present lives as we may look back on some trivial event that happened to us when we were in elementary school. In other words, in the big scheme of things, our time here is but a moment and the bad things that happen to us are memories that are swept away by God's love as we would brush away the tears from the cheek of a child who has just skinned her knee.
"So what about prayer, then?" you may ask. If God does not intervene in the events of this world, why pray? I believe that we have more power over nature and life than we have yet realized. I think prayer is a power that comes from us and allows us to change the course of events. It is a gift from God.
You may feel free to ridicule me for what I believe but please understand that I'm not trying to force anyone to see things my way. I'm just sharing my ideas. I'm just trying to provide a possible explanation for the "why?" question posed by Pragmatous.