Does “GOD” Exist?

This is one of the best explanations of why God allows pain and suffering that I have seen.  It’s an explanation other people will understand.

A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed. 

As the barber began to work, they began to have a good conversation. 

They talked about  many things and various subjects. 

When they eventually touched on the subject of God, the barber said: "I don’t believe that God exists."

"Why do you say that?" asked the customer.

"Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God doesn’t exist.  Tell me, if God existed, would there be so many sick people?  Would there be abandoned children?  If God existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain. I can’t imagine a loving a God who would allow all of these things."

The customer thought for a moment, but didn’t respond because he didn’t want to start an argument.

The barber finished his job and the customer left the shop.  Just after he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard.  He looked dirty and unkempt.

The customer turned back and entered the barber shop again and he said to the barber: "You know what? Barbers do not exist."

"How can you say that?" asked the surprised barber.

"I am here, and I am a barber. And I just worked on you!"

"No!" the customer exclaimed.  "Barbers don’t exist because if  they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man outside."

"Ah, but barbers DO exist!" exclaimed the barber.   "What happens is, people do not come to me."

"Exactly!" affirmed the customer.  "That’s the point!  God, too, DOES exist!  What happens, is, people don’t go to Him and do not look for Him.  That’s why there’s so much pain and suffering in the world."

Submitted by Verna Humberg and Madeleine

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About waynem

As a Minnesota based photographer and artist I have been greatly influenced by the Upper Midwest. I focus my skills and energies on portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, architectural and fine art work. My best work comes from images first painted in my mind. I mull over a prospective image for weeks or months, seeing it from different angles and perspectives, then finally deciding what to capture. The result is images that deeply touch people's emotions and powerfully evoke memories and dreams. My images are used commercially by companies and organizations ranging from Financial Services firms, mom and pop Ice Cream shops and The Basilica of St Mary to communicate their shared vision and values. Book and magazine publishers have featured my images on their covers. My photographs also grace and enhance the decor of many fine homes.
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