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GOD’S BARBERSHOP

When I read this story it made me both laugh and smile with approval. It’s another case of how simple things can be the source of huge discoveries. I hope you enjoy it as I did.

A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed. As the barber started to work, they began to have a conversation. They talked about so many things and various subjects – sports, weather, economy, etc. When they eventually touched on the subject of religion 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 and walk around town and you’ll realize that God doesn’t exist.

The customer thought for a moment, and then asked the barber, “What would I see that would convince me that God does not exist?” The barber responded, “If God existed, there wouldn’t be so many homeless people and street children. If God existed, there wouldn’t be so many people dying in accidents, crime, war, and from cancer. I can’t imagine a loving God who would allow all of these things to happen.”

The customer didn’t respond at first 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 homeless man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard. He looked so shabby and unkempt. The customer turned around and ran back into the barber shop. He looked at the barber and said somewhat sarcastically, “And I don’t believe that barbers exist!”

“How can you say that?” said the surprised barber. “I am here, and I am a barber. And I just worked on you!” The customer called the barber to the door and pointed to the homeless man shuffling down the sidewalk. “You see,” said the customer, “If barbers existed there wouldn’t people with such dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man out there.”

“Oh ho!” exclaimed the barber. “Barbers do exist! But that’s what happens when people do not come to me for a haircut and trim!” “Exactly!” affirmed the customer. “That’s the point! God, too, DOES exist! But that’s what happens when people do not go to Him and ask for His help. That’s why there’s so much pain and suffering in the world.” So we can see from this that is isn’t that because God doesn’t exist that is the cause for so much heartache and heartbreak in this world. God does exist, it’s just that some people don’t go the Him for help because they don’t want Him involved in their lives. – Dr. Robert R Seyda

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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