There is a wonderful story making the
rounds about a man who went to the barbershop. While he was there he
got into a theological discussion with his barber. The barber said,
“I don’t believe that God exists. You just have to go out in the street
to realize that God doesn’t exist. 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.

The customer decided not to respond and get into an argument. As he
left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, stringy,
dirty hair and an untrimmed beard. The customer walked back into the
barber shop and declared, “You know what? Barbers do not exist.” “How
can you say that?” asked the surprised barber. The customer
continued, “Barbers don’t exist because if they did, there would be
no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man
outside.” The barber replied, but barbers DO exist! What happens is
– people do not come to me.”

The customer replied. “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.”


J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.

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About The Author


A third generation preacher, Mike Shannon is Professor of Preaching at Cincinnati Bible Seminary of Cincinnati Christian University. He has served as a preaching minister, church planter, and college professor. His most recent preaching ministry was at the historic First Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In his nearly two decades at Cincinnati Christian University, Mike has served as both professor and Dean of the Seminary. He has also been an adjunct professor at Milligan College and Northern Kentucky University. Mike is the author or co-author of several books.

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