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 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 un-kept. 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! 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."