Why (A parable on whether God exists or not)
March 7, 2007 5:03pm CST
I want to share this story I received in the email some time ago. I ought to share this to all of you because there's a lot of posts here from some people questioning the existence of GOD. Please read on 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 lots of things and various subjects. Then 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 streets to realize that GOD does not exists. Tell me, if GOD exists, 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 GOD who would allow all these things." said the barber. 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 shop, 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. In fact, I just worked on you!" "No!" the customer exclaimed. "Barbers don't exist because if they did then there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man outside." "Ah, but barbers DO exist! That's what happens when people don't come to me." said the barber. "Exactly!" affirmed the customer. "See? That's the point! GOD too does exists! That's what happens when people do not go to HIM and don't look to HIM for help. That's why there's a lot of pain and suffering in this world."
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8 Mar 07
I happen to read a lot about psychology, history, religion, science and technology... On psychology, we know that there exists so called Natural Laws. We don't know where they came from, but we know it is there. It's like you breathe without you intentionally doing it, you blink your eye, you eat, you drink. Science taught us that the sun kept on burning for years, but had science found out yet where and when did the sun started to burn? Some people here tend to believe those theories by some scientist, but had they found the answers to life's mysteries? I doubt it...
• Sri Lanka
8 Mar 07
There is a big difference in the way the barber does things and the way God does things. We know that when we go to the barber with his fee, he will give us a clear cut answer. Most probably he will give us the haircut or will tell us why not. But in the case of God, things are vague. No one knows how to go to him and how not to. The millionaire in the mansion may not believe in God, then a middle man will tell us that he ultimately goes to hell. People will pray in a church and ask for something and God sends a Tsunami and washes them away. If God could act in a more professional way like the barber, this problem will not arise.
8 Mar 07
I agree with you, and this : If God could act in a more professional way like the barber, this problem will not arise Very nice image, will add (with your permission) to the list of arguments, quotes and misc that I use in some discussions.