Having been various times to Nairobi in Kenya and knowing the city fairly well this story came my way and it appealed to me highly. Is it just a story? Is it only a myth or a legend or merely a rumour?
Being aware of the city and the business area as well as the slums and the areas in between I thought this incident had a ring of truth to it. If it was not entirely true then the parabolic lesson certainly is true and there is no doubt whatsoever about that!
A man went to a barber shop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed.
As the barber began to work, they started a good conversation, and they talked about so many things and various subjects. Does not this frequently happen?
When they eventually touched the subject of God, the barber said, “I do not believe that God exists”.
“Why do you say that asked the customer?”
The barber said, “Well you just have to go out in the street to realize that God does not exist. Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people? Would there be so many abandoned children? If God existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain. I cannot imagine a loving God who would allow all of these things.”
The customer thought for a moment. He looked around the barber’s shop and it was very full, but didn’t respond because he did not want to start an argument.
The barber finished his job and the customer left the shop.
Just after he left the barber shop, 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 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.”
The barber said, “Ah, but barbers do exist. What happens is people do not come to me.” “Exactly” affirmed the customer.
“That is the point. God too, does exist, but what happens is, people do not go to Him, and people do not look for him, and people will not come to Him. God does exist.”
Is this only a parable or legend or rumour or story? If it is, then its lesson certainly holds true!