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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Question of whether God exists

The age-old question of the existence of God popped into my mind this morning. I could not help musing about it. I mean, the idea of one God was introduced to us by the missionaries who came via the various colonial masters. It came as quite a shock to me, when I started living in the west, to realize that God had been relegated so much to the back-burner that one needed to be careful so as not to offend people's sensitivity regarding the matter - that is people who did not believe in the existence of God. It started me thinking - perhaps the introduction of God to conquered societies was a way of making the people subservient, or perhaps God was just an illusion created to help foster a docile populace? Who knows really? I don't!


It's just a question to think about - how better off is the world today with the absence of God from everyday living? Would crime (financial, robberies, etc) be more curtailed if people had the fear of God in their hearts today? questions, questions leading to more burning questions! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Glad to get that scream outta mi system! Anyway, here's a write-up I found on somebody's blog. Enjoy it:

Does God Exist?

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 a 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! What happens, is, people do not come to me.”

“Exactly!”- affirmed the customer. “That’s the point! God, too, DOES exist! What happens, is, people don’t go to Him and do not look for Him. That’s why there’s so much pain and suffering in the world.”

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