Wednesday, March 26, 2008

When Someone Asks Why

Not long ago, upon finding out that one of my dear friends (my age) has cancer, I was asking myself that question. "WHY?????"
This is one of the best explanations of why there is 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."
The only thing that bothered me about this explanation is, my friend is a GOOD Christian woman, who DOES turn to God. So again, WHY her? We talked about this at Midweek Fellowship on several occasions and I feel it was cleared up. See it's not just my friend individually... it's really all of humankind, who have made decisions over the years without looking to God for guidance, causing environmental and hereditary changes that now result in what is happening to my friend.
I believe that God can still turn this around for her, and she is in my prayers daily.


BrownEyedCowgirls said...

The story about the barber is perfect. Chris and I have debated "religion" often over the years. He feels that I do not believe in God because I do not follow "organized" religion. Growing up, my father taught me that if you wanted to be close to God you saddled a horse and rode somewhere quiet to contemplate your troubles or your blessings. To this day, I feel the "higher power" in this way. It is not God's job to find us, but our job to find him. It is the Indian way.
Sending positive thoughts for your friend and for you.

PaintedPromise said...

exactly! organized religion is man, NOT God. because if it WAS God, there would only BE one religion... God wants us to have a relationship with him. He can't possibly care what religion we practice... i just cannot conceive of Him standing at the pearly gates saying "you picked the WRONG one - you can't come in!"