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A man went to a barber shop to have his hair and his beard cut. They started to have a good conversation and talked about various subjects.
Suddenly, they touched the subject of God.
The barber said:
"Look man, I don't believe that God exists like you say." ?"
"Why do you say that," asked the customer.
"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 existed, would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain. If there were a God, he wouldn't permit all of these things."
The customer stopped for a moment thinking, but he didn't want to respond and provoke an argument.
The barber finished his job and the customer went out of the shop.
Just after he left the barber shop he saw a man in the street with long hair and a beard. He looked so untidy, it seemed that it had been a long time since he had his cut. Then the customer went back into the barber shop and said to the barber,
"Know what? Barbers do not exist."
"What do you mean, barbers don't exist?" asked the barber. "I'm here and I'm a barber."
"No!" the customer exclaimed. "They don't exist because if they did, there would be no people with long hair and a beard like that man outside in the street."
"Ah, but barbers DO exist--it's just that some people don't come to me."
"Exactly!" affirmed the customer. "That's the point. God does exist; what happens is that people don't go to Him and don't look for Him. That's why there's so much pain and suffering in the world."
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