[CS-FSLUG] Does God Exist?

Fred A. Miller fmiller at lightlink.com
Thu Feb 24 08:28:55 CST 2005

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 so 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 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 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 

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 

"Ah, but barbers DO exist!  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."

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