A man went to a barbershop to have his hair and beard cut as he always did. He started a good conversation with the barber. They talked about so many different things. Finally they came to the subject of God.
“I don’t believe in God,” said the barber.
“Why do you not believe in God?” asked the client.
“It is very simple,” said the barber. “Just look around you; you will see many sick people, abandoned children. Many people are suffering poverty and oppression. Everywhere there is pain, tear and blood. If God existed, He would surely not let all these things happen.”
The client sat silent for one minute thinking since he did not want to start an argument. The barber finished his job and the client went out of the barbershop paying his fee. Just after he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long hair and a beard (it seems that he hadn’t had a cut for a long time.) Then the client again entered he barbershop and he said to the barber: “Know that barbers don’t exists.”
“How come they don’t exist?”asked the barber. “Well I am here and I am a barber.”
“No “ exclaimed the client. “If the barbers existed there wouldn’t be any people with long hair and beard like that man walking in the street.”
“Ah, barbers exist but these men do not come to me.” said the barber.
“ Exactly!” Affirmed the client. “That is the point. God does exist but unfortunately people do not go to Him and that’s why there is so much pain and suffering in the world.”
The story was simplified by: Turgay Evren
The story was read by: Tracy Leigh Durica