Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by MamaR, Oct 27, 2006.

  1. MamaR

    MamaR New Member


    This is one of the best explanations of why
    God allows pain and suffering that I have seen in a
    while. It's an explanation other people will

    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 all kinds of things.
    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,
    the customer 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. 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
    "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.
  2. MamaR

    MamaR New Member

    After rereading this....I hope that this didn't offend anyone.

    I know even when we know Him, and trust in Him...HE stills allows pain. We don't understand it, and may never know, but we have to trust in Him to know what is best.

    As I sit here and post this I am experiencing such pain in my joints. The burning nerve pain has let up...Thank God, and the muscle pain isn't too bad. So, I am thankful for that!

    [This Message was Edited on 10/27/2006]
  3. Pottersclay

    Pottersclay New Member

    I like the analogy. It was very well put.
  4. dejovu

    dejovu New Member

    I am so glad you posted this. I needed it more than you know. Blessings , De
  5. MamaR

    MamaR New Member

    Pottersclay & De...
    I am glad that it helped you.

    I wish you all a very peaceful, restful night.

  6. tlayne

    tlayne Member

    Thank you for sharing! It made me think. When I am having my hardest times I tend to not cling to my Lord. It is easiest for me to praise him, but somedays it is hard to find praise so I tend to avoid communication with my Lord.

    I am probably not making an ounce of sence! I think I need a hair cut! LOL! I think my point is...God desires me and my company even when my spirit is groaning. Hugs, Tam
  7. MamaR

    MamaR New Member

    I am so glad that I was still on here and saw this!

    Sweetie...I know how you feel. You are SO RIGHT!! God SO desires your company and praise. He is right there when we can't lift our hands or even our hearts.

    I can share with you what helps me. When I am so down spiritually, I find if I start to think of all God has brought me through (would take all night) I find myself praising him! Mainly about my boys and all of their trying God! He has been SO VERY merciful to me. I feel like I fail Him everyday...but I keep on trying!

    I am praising God with you now!

    [This Message was Edited on 10/27/2006]
  8. tlayne

    tlayne Member

    Thank you for your sharing, caring, encouragement, and love! I started my steroids today, and I am praying for relief from this exhaustion. In the meantime while in this valley you and so many others have held me. I want to say thank you, and send my love. May our Lord Bless you! Love,Tam
  9. lovethesun

    lovethesun New Member

    WE have to listen to God and believe that he will help us.Linda
  10. pepper

    pepper New Member

    Thank you for sharing, Mari!

    I am so glad that the burning nerve pain has let up. Is the improvement due to the neurontin? If so, then it should get better and better for you.

    I am praying for you to be relieved of that pain.

    [This Message was Edited on 10/28/2006]

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