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With Thanks to "Vic & Carol" who passed this along to me. It could be enlightening to challenge the various syllogisms that construct the argument as a whole!

With H/T to my friends, Carol & Vic J from Mattawa! You should listen someday to their story, if I could convince them to launch their own blog. Being people of such very good heart and character, any thoughts they would share on the subject of their choosing, would be of benefit of others.

This  is one of the best explanations of why God allows pain and  suffering that I have  seen...  

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 so many  things and 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 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, he 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! That's what happens when people do  not come to  me.' 'Exactly!'  affirmed the customer. 'That's the point! God, too, DOES  exist! That's what happens when people do not go to Him  and don't look to Him for help..  

That's why there's so much pain and suffering in the  world.'

I hope you share it with everyone!

I just did!

Fr Tim


  1. I just had a senior moment. I was about to copy this delightful story, when I thought it sounded familiar. So first, I searched my own blog to see if I had posted it before, and it turned out I had last November 12.

    It was even more insightful reading it again, as I just did here.

    Thank you, Father Tim, and Vic and Carol.

  2. God does seek out and speak to each individual. The problem arises when men claim to other men that they speak in the name of God. Men like you Timmy.

    Do you really think yourself wise enough to speak for God? You do terrible damage in his name. You spread hate and fear and lies.


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