Here is where you argument falls Ron. Suffering is only related to free will if got yourself into a mess. But many people suffer thru no fault of their own. This would deem it completely unrelated to free will.
So now think hard as to why people would suffer through no fault of their own and is unrelated to free will. Take your time
True, Satan can cause problems (as in Job chapters 1+2) and then we see God chastizes His Chidren (as in Hebrews 12) And of course, the Spirit draws people to God, so to seperate us from our Earthly desires He could allow suffering. But sin is the main reason for hardships as we saw with Adam and Eve. [/color:2dqddttw]