Sunday, March 18, 2007

God

It is unbelievable that the modern man can still say things like "fight for the nation," "fight for the cause," or even, "fight for God."
The last one is by far the most obscene, because if nation and cause were the making of a man, God is supposedly not! So, how could He be thought to have the same expectations or need: like fighting for him? And fighting who? Others of His creation?

A few days ago, I received a forward from several family members. It goes like this:

[A man went to a barber shop to cut his hair. He began to have a good conversation with the barber .They talked about many things and various subjects. Suddenly, they 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, it's so easy, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God does not exist. Oh, tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people? If God exists, there would be no suffering nor pain. I can't think of loving a God who permits all of these things."
The customer didn't respond because he did not want to start an argument with him .
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 hair and a beard. He looked dirty and unkempt.
The customer entered the barber shop again and he said to the barber: "You know what? Barbers do not exist."
"How can you say they don't exist?" asked the barber. " I am here and I am a barber."
"No!" the customer exclaimed. "Barbers don't exist, because if they did there would be no people with long hair and beard like that man who is outside."
"No, barbers do exist, what can I do if people do not come to me."
"Exactly !"- affirmed the customer. "That's the point! God does exist. What it is those people who don't go to Him and do not look for Him. That's why there's so much pain and suffering in the world."]

It is understood why in the midst of many dry, spooky and straight forward religious teachings, people would celebrate the creativity in tackling the "God" issue. However, it is quite disturbing how the illogic of it could become so dismissable.

Are the sick sinners? Are they people who have not come close to God, and therefore deserved to suffer without His help? Is God Almighty humanly? Humanly as a barbur who does not see what is beyond his premises and doors? Does he have the same shortcomings of huamn? Pride? Prejudice? Revenge?

Is God THE higher power? Or merely our interpretation of it...?



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