"Simple, god gave us a choice to either accept him or reject him."
"But if God cares so much about us, then why does he need to coerce our devotion with the threat of torture? So why doesn't God reveal himself and warn us about it? Why doesn't he set the non-believers straight? Is our having faith so important to him that he's willing to let millions of people be condemned?"
"Uh...God works in mysterious ways!"
2. A phrase used to give hope (rarely works).
Schmoe: Hey, I know where that came from! Aren't I smart?
2. Schmoe: My brother died in a car crash.
Joe: God works in mysterious ways!
Schmoe: ...sucky ways.