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“The Old Blame God Game”




         A man went to a barbershop to have
         his hair cut and his beard trimmed.
         As his barber began to work,
         they began to have a good conversation.
         They talked about 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 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-kempt.

         The customer turned back and entered
         The barber shop again and 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."

         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."






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