suffering

All posts tagged suffering

Why does God allow pain and suffering?

Published August 10, 2012 by gigiwellness28

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 conversations.  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 realise 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 barbershop 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 have 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.”

* * * * * *

P.S.  This doesn’t mean people who go to God and/or look to Him for help do not have pain or suffering, the difference is those who go to God and look to Him for help have the inner peace from God to face the pain and suffering.

 

If you never by Author Unknown

Published August 9, 2012 by gigiwellness28

God said…

If you never felt pain,

then how would you know that I am a Healer?

If you never had to pray,

how would you know that I am a Deliverer?

If you never had a trial,

how could you call yourself an overcomer?

If you never felt sadness,

how would you know that I am a Comforter?

If you never made a mistake,

how would you know that I am a Forgiver?

If you knew all,

how would you know that I will answer your questions?

If you never were in trouble,

how would you know that I will come to your rescue?

If you never were broken,

then how would you know that I can make you whole?

If you never had a problem,

how would you know that I can solve them?

If you never had any suffering,

then how would you know what I went through?

If you never went through the fire,

then how would you become pure?

If I gave you all things,

how would you appreciate them?

If I never corrected you,

how would you know that I love you?

If you had all power,

then how would you learn to depend on me?

If your life was perfect,

then what would you need me for?

%d bloggers like this: