(Archive - Week of April 15, 2004)
God will be with you when you need Him
As we get older, most of us begin thinking more about our future home in Heaven with God. (My brother Claude, who lived in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, became a "born again" Christian before he died on June 10, 2003 at the age of 80.)
Ever wonder why suffering and pain run rampant in the world? As a result of its existence, it seems some people reason that God does not care - or even worse - that the Father himself does not exist. The following concurs with my take on the subject:
A man went to a barbershop to have his hair and his beard cut, as always. He started a good conversation with the barber who was attending him. They talked about so many things and various subjects. Suddenly, they touched the subject of God.
The barber said, "Look man, I don't believe that God exists as you say." "Why would you say that?" the client asked. "Well, it's so easy; all you have to do is 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 abandoned children? If God exists, there would be neither suffering nor pain in the world. I can't think of loving a God who permits all of these things."
The client stopped for a moment, thinking, but did not want to respond so as not to cause an argument. The barber finished his job and the client left the shop. Just after leaving the barbershop, the client saw a man in the street with long hair and a beard. It seems that it had been a long time since he had his hair cut and he looked very untidy.
The client went back to the barbershop and said to the barber, "You know what? Barbers do not exist." "How can you say they don't exist?" the barber asked. "I am here, and I am a barber." "No!" the client exclaimed. "They don't exist, because if they did there would be no people with long hair and beards like that man who walks in the street." "Ah," the barber replied, "Barbers do exist, what happens is that people do not come to me."
"Exactly!" the client affirmed. "That's the point. God does exist, what happens is people do not go to Him and do not look for Him. That is why there is so much pain and suffering in the world."
"Absence of proof is not proof of absence."
I believe I understand God and the Bible better than I understand George W. Bush. I do not understand why Americans still believe in our U.S. Supreme Court appointed president. I don't understand why the people are not, as I am, ranting and raving about what Bush has done in wrecking our nation in three years.
On the first day, Jan. 20, 2001, when Bush first squatted in the White House, bad things for our nation and people started to unfold. Space in my one-page website does not permit me to tell it all, but I will remind you of a few highlights of his mistakes and wrong doings.
He was able to con Congress into giving his rich friends billions of dollars in what he called a tax refund. That wiped out all the surplus money that President Bill Clinton left on the table at the end of his two terms. Bush failed to create an economy plan, and jobs reduced by millions. President Clinton found 22 million additional new jobs under his leadership while in office. President Clinton also left Bush a balanced budget - that quickly went downward and for the wrong cause.
Bush attacked Iraq which the wrong target. He did it as he said, "Saddam tried to kill my dad." He also said that the oil in Iraq would pay all the cost for his action by invading that nation. At this point not a red penny has been used for the billions it has cost the American taxpayers. We are now in debt where it would be right to say that our nation falls into the bankruptcy category.
Last, but not least, about 700 great young Americans in uniform have been slaughtered in Iraq, the country we should not have invaded, and almost 3,500 Americans have been wounded, many for life. George W. Bush was not present at the site where the dead military personnel returned home in body-bags, and he did not attend any of their funerals, because he was too busy throwing out the first pitch in baseball and living it up at Camp David and his Texas Ranch with his rich friends. He was also too busy begging his rich friends for more money to be used in his campaign. How can this person sleep at night?
In God I Trust - but I do NOT trust George W. Bush.
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