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Why God Allows Pain

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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."
If you think God exists, tell this to other people---
If you think God does not exist, don’t tell anyone else.

Reviewing some of my older mails, I came across this mail sent to me by a friend back in 2007. I believe and know and sometimes feel the presence of God so here it is. (The picture is my work)

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Mormon | Mon Nov 02, 2009, 20:11

it is  a cute little story and i thank you for it... the carictor could be a teacher or what ever  as well as a  barber.

i agree with you to a point for  many of the pains and suffering we  go thru are becouse we do not ask for  reliefe or guidence from a kind and gracious  Heavenly Father  who is the all powerful God  and some times these pains are thrust upon us by others who are not iving the standard the Lord has  given us . but some times pain comes into our lives not becouse  of any wrong doing on our part  or even a lack of  doing or asking ... Paul was told the lords grace was sificiant for him and  job was not suffering from the results of his sin. i believe  God has  given us agence that that He will  not take awy ... even to protect us from our selves. this agency is not free agency for all our actions and reactions have consiquences and there is always a price to  pay. I also  belive that we live in a fallen world full of sickness and death that many of us will suffer inspite of any degree of rightiousness but when God allows  pain in our live He also allows a way to make this pain an instriment of growth for the one in  pain or for others aronf him and usualy for both.

God is  so good to us when we allow Him to be and even when we  dont


ThyWordIs | Tue Nov 03, 2009, 20:11

As one with chronic physical pain and disability, I know that God exists and I do go to Him and I do ask Him for help. He has given me many healings yet I still suffer with autonomic neuropathy and all the harm it does to the various systems this affects. I had an incredible healing of a lifetime of emotional trauma and abandonment just last year - 64 years healed in a short span of time as I rested in the Lord on the floor of our church. This healing has brought incredible joy and delight. The physical slows me down more than I'd like but it also gives me time to spend with the Lord and time to write about His love, majesty, mercy, grace, and faithfulness.

It's an interesting story you related and might grab an unbeliever's attention to possibly seek more.  Sin brought pain and suffering into the world. A person not too sure of his faith might find the story a real downer, especially if he's done what he feels is mentioned there and hasn't been healed.  To that person I would say be encouraged, develop your relationship with God, and look for miracles to happen, especially when you least expect it.                    Great picture!


ThyWordIs | Tue Nov 03, 2009, 20:11

As one with chronic physical pain and disability, I know that God exists and I do go to Him and I do ask Him for help. He has given me many healings yet I still suffer with autonomic neuropathy and all the harm it does to the various systems this affects. I had an incredible healing of a lifetime of emotional trauma and abandonment just last year - 64 years healed in a short span of time as I rested in the Lord on the floor of our church. This healing has brought incredible joy and delight. The physical slows me down more than I'd like but it also gives me time to spend with the Lord and time to write about His love, majesty, mercy, grace, and faithfulness.

It's an interesting story you related and might grab an unbeliever's attention to possibly seek more.  Sin brought pain and suffering into the world. A person not too sure of his faith might find the story a real downer, especially if he's done what he feels is mentioned there and hasn't been healed.  To that person I would say be encouraged, develop your relationship with God, and look for miracles to happen, especially when you least expect it.                    Great picture!


 
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