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 see that God doesn’t exist. Tell me, if God exists, why are there sick people? If God exists why are there abandoned children? If God exists, 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 paid left the shop.
Just after he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, greasy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard. The customer turned back and entered the barber shop again. He said to the barber: “You know what? I don’t believe barbers 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. Let’s follow your logic. If barbers existed, there would be no people with long greasy dirty hair and untrimmed beards – like that man outside.”
“Ah, but barbers DO exist! What the problem is that people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards don’t come to me.”
“Exactly” replied the customer. “You’ve hit the nail on the head! God DOES exist!