Why God Allows Pain

hand1Working as a nurse, I am always a witness to other people’s sufferings especially those afflicted with serious illnesses.


Just last night, my heart just sank whenever I enter the room of my Filipino rectal cancer patient. His bowels came out continuously from his excoriated behind. He screamed in pain whenever the bowels came in contact with the wounds on his buttocks, and whenever he needed to be cleaned. His pain relievers just did not do their wonders.


I sometimes ask God why He allows pain and suffering in this world – why others need to undergo very difficult trials in their lives.


Searching for an answer, I found this story in my inbox, forwarded by a cousin who now works in Canada. I think this is one of the best explanations that I have seen why God allows pain and suffering.


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 conversation.
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 realize that God doesn’t exist.

Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people?
Would there be abandoned children? 

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. barber

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 barber shop 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 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.” 



I sat down with my patient when I found the time during the wee hours of the night shift. He said that he’s been battling with his cancer for almost half of his life. He’s fifty-six years old, and so I could just imagine how much this man has gone through.


But despite all these pain, he still manages to think about his family in the Philippines – how he could possibly send money to his children who are still studying in college. He still thinks about sending support to one of his son, who has dropped out from school and got married without his knowledge.


He may not know it, but he has become an inspiration of courage and faith to me.



33 Responses to “Why God Allows Pain”

  1. December 2, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Do you do blogroll exchanging? If you want to exchange links let me know.

    Email me back if you’re interested.


  2. 2 digitalcatharsis
    December 2, 2008 at 2:25 am

    hi dan, yes i do blogroll exchanging! i listed your site down already on my blogroll. cheers!


  3. December 2, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    sad… 😦
    with such patients, you would think, life is really so short to be wasted.


  4. 4 Papa Birth
    December 2, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Hi Bro.

    Nice Blog. Keep up it up!


  5. December 3, 2008 at 3:58 am

    hi blabber andre, thanks for visiting! life is indeed too short, so let’s enjoy life to the fullest!

    hi papa birth, thanks for dropping by! btw, we’ll see you when i get home coz i listed you as one of my son’s future ninongs 🙂


  6. December 4, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Sometimes we need to look around us to make us realize how blessed we are. And so we really need to appreciate even the smallest things in our lives. Thanks for sharing the the story…


  7. 7 waistline32
    December 5, 2008 at 9:26 am

    i like blogs like this, very real and raw and touching without even trying.


  8. 8 digitalcatharsis
    December 5, 2008 at 9:45 am

    hi waistline32, thanks for this very nice complement. hope u come back here and visit again.


  9. June 22, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I read this once before, and it really is true that God is always there when you reach out for Him. People keep on complaining but they don’t realize that they just have to come to Him.


  10. June 23, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    here’s another inspirational thought that is worth pondering with… God is always there for us whenever we need help. We just have to put our trust on Him.


  11. 12 kat
    June 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    the story is so true………nag aantay lang naman talaga si Lord sa atin eh!


  12. June 27, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    ..sad for your patient..and story is so true..minsan talaga we tend to forget GOD..
    ako din minsan hindi ko yan maintindian why we have to suffer..pero sabi nga nila..lahat my rason..


  13. June 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    since I became a Christian, I have come to understand why God allows us to experience pain and suffering. And that made me strong since I cast my burden on Him.


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