That reminds me of the bad illustration that sunk the Knowledge book...
*** kl chap. 8 pp. 75-76 Why Does God Permit Suffering? ***
HOW TO SETTLE THE ISSUES
14 For the sake of illustration, let us say that you are a loving parent with several children in a happy family. Suppose one of your neighbors spreads lies, accusing you of being a bad parent. What if the neighbor says that your children do not love you, that they stay with you only because they do not know any better, and that they would leave if someone showed them the way. ‘Preposterous!’ you might say. Yes, but how would you prove it? Some parents might react in rage. Besides creating more problems, such a violent response would lend support to the lies. A satisfying way to deal with such a problem would be to allow opportunity for your accuser to prove his claim and for your children to testify that they sincerely love you.
15 Jehovah is like the loving parent. Adam and Eve may be compared to the children, and Satan fits the role of the lying neighbor. God wisely did not destroy Satan, Adam, and Eve immediately but permitted these wrongdoers to continue living for a while. This allowed our first parents time to start the human family, and it has given the Devil a chance to prove whether his claim was true so that the issues could be settled. From the start, however, God knew that some humans would be loyal to him and would thus prove Satan a liar. How thankful we are that Jehovah has continued to bless and help those who love him!—2 Chronicles 16:9; Proverbs 15:3.
This proved to be a bad illustration. So Jehovah, "the loving parent", has allowed opportunity for the accuser to prove his claim. Well, let's see, the original claim was that he was a bad parent. So, Jehovah proves the claim to be wrong by allowing billions of obedient, disobedient, and mostly ignorant, innocent children to die, ignorant of any such "issue". Satan, "the lying neighbor", hasn't really been proven a "liar". Wouldn't "the loving parent" have stayed, educated, and protected all of his family rather than abandon them? Instead, in this illustration, Daddy just walked out! As if abandonment proved that he was a "loving parent". Reread the OT and things sound really weird about this "loving parent". He does nothing to protect "good" Able from death. Later, Daddy floods the house, and at other times he himself slaughters his "grandchildren" whenever the mood strikes him.
"How thankful we are that Jehovah has continued to bless and help those who love him!" It really was statements like this at the end of illustrations like that that brought my "faith" to an end. I'd done the most I could do, the best that I could, for most of my life. I loved Jehovah, but I felt neither blessed nor helped. The more I tried to strengthen my "love" and "faith", the more I found wrong with the JWs and with the Bible.