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God and Haircuts

John 5:39-40


A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed. As the barber began to work, they started to have a good conversation. They talked about a great many and varied 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 on 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, would there be so much abuse, suffering and 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 did not want to get into an argument. The barber finished, and the customer left the barbershop. When the man had stepped outside, he saw a man walking in the street who had long, stringy, matted hair and a scraggly beard. He was 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?” responded the surprised barber. “I am right here, and I’m a barber. And I just worked on you!”

“No!” the customer exclaimed. “Barbers do not exist because if they did, there would be no people with long, stringy hair and untrimmed, scraggly beards like that man outside in the street.”

“Ah, but barbers DO exist! What happens is that people do not come to me for my services.”

“Exactly!” affirmed the customer. “That’s the point! God, too, DOES exist. What happens is that people don’t go to Him for instruction about life and loving one another. That’s one huge reason there is so much pain and suffering in the world.”

– Adapted

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