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For God So Loved the World Even though I was just a little child, I remember the cold, autumn day that I accompanied my father into a local cemetery. As we stood over three miniature graves, I remember that the tears flowing down my father's face and the distress in his eyes. My father was reluctant to spell out why we had been there for fear I was simply too young and innocent to understand the horrible situation involved. He did not need to explain. I understood exactly why we were still there. Word had already spread in my elementary school that a girl in our neighborhood had murdered her three small children just days before. It was also rumored that the oldest of the 3 boys had been discovered beneath a pile of clothing in a coat closet inside of the little suburban home. It was theorized that he'd witnessed the horrific deaths of his two younger brothers so he retreated to the cupboard to escape. His mother saw him there and he too fell victim to such a horrific fate. Why did that have to happen? I believed God loved all small kids and he was supposed to protect them. How could he let this one of such innocent little creatures? Each one of these thoughts raced through my mind and I finally got the guts to ask my father these inquiries. His only reply was that they should have been very particular children and God wanted them in Heaven. Not satisfied with his response, this adventure haunted me for much of my childhood. Can God let this happen for me? I spent a long time looking for answers. I recently read Richard Swinburne's The Problem of Evil and realized that he affirmed the replies I had found throughout recent years. He argues that God made us as free agents in a pristine world where we can find out right from wrong and also.