" With all the tragedies we see happen on the news one after another, just makes it harder to believe in a higher being that's looking out for our welfare.."
It's this idea that gets many of the religious in trouble. It's confusing spiritual welfare with the physical.
And why the Christian religious extremists cherry-pick events as acts of God, alternately saying God did a helpful thing or a destructive thing. God saves lives on one occasion, and takes lives on another.
For instance, I heard God given credit for saving everyone on a plane flight that plunged into the Hudson River in New York Harbor. But God also sent Hurricane Katrina to kill 1800+ because New Orleans is too gay-friendly. And where was God when Muslim terrorists sent 3000 people to an ugly death in the World Trade Center? I thought God was supposed to be a Christian, or so all the churches say. Why did He let Muslims do that?
God is certainly inconsistent & unreliable. And apparently responds to the private agendas of His Christian representatives here on Earth. Or so they claim, for which a generous contribution will be welcome.