September 10, 2007, Enterprise Dispatch
Pastor's Column

Does God exist?

Pastor Marc Grindle, Church of Christ, Dassel

Just recently, I received an e-mail that I would like to share with you. I realize that some may have seen this, but I just felt I needed to pass this on.

One day, a lady went to a beauty shop to have her hair cut and her nails painted and trimmed. As the beautician began to work, the ladies 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 beautician said, “I don’t believe that God exists.”

“Why do you say that?” asked Sheryl, who has multiple sclerosis.

“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 God who would allow all of these things,” the beautician said.

Sheryl thought for a moment, but didn’t respond because she didn’t want to start an argument. The beautician just finished her job, and Sheryl left the shop.

Just after she left the beauty shop, Sheryl saw a woman in the street with stringy, dirty hair, not groomed at all. She looked dirty and unkempt.

Sheryl turned back and entered the beauty shop again and she said to the beautician, “You know what? Beauticians do not exist.”

“How can you say that?” asked the surprised beautician. “I am here, and I am a beautician. And I just worked on you!”

“No!”Sheryl exclaimed. Beau-ticians don’t exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty, long hair and very unkempt, like that woman outside.”

“Ah, but beauticians do exist! What happens is, people do not come to me,” the beautician responded.

“Exactly!” affirmed Sheryl. “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.”

The Bible tells us in Romans 1:20, “From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God.”

And 2 Chronicles 15:2 tells us, “The Lord is with you when you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.”

Are you seeking and looking for God? If you are, He will be found!

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