The Barber Who Didn’t Believe


A man went to a barber shop to have his hair and his beard cut as always. He started to have a good conversation with the barber who attended him. They talked about so many things and various subjects. Suddenly, they touched the subject of God.

“Look man, I don’t believe that God exists as you say so,” the barber said.

“Why do you say that?” asked the client.

“Well, it’s so easy, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God does not exist. Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children? If God exists, there would be no suffering nor pain. I can’t think of a God who permits all of these things.”

The client stopped for a moment thinking, but he didn’t want to respond to prevent an argument. The barber finished his job, and the client went out of the shop. Just after he left the barber shop, he saw a man in the street with a long hair and beard (it seems that it had been a long time since he had his hair cut, and he looked so untidy).

Then the client again entered the barber shop.

“Know what? Barbers do not exist,” he said to the barber.

“How come they don’t exist?”asked the barber. “Well I am here, and I am a barber.”

“No!” the client exclaimed. “They don’t exist because if they did there would be no people with long hair and beards like that man who walks in the street.”

“Ah, barbers do exist, what happens is that people do not come to us.”

“Exactly!” affirmed the client. “That’s the point. God 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.”

– Author unknown

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