Rev. Protopresbyter Nicolas Kazarian, Ph.D., is the Ecumenical Officer and Director of the Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Inter-faith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and parish priest at St. Eleftherios Greek Orthodox Church in Manhattan.
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Question: In the midst of tragedies, wars or conflicts, epidemic or pandemic, or even any loss the same question is asked. Is there a God?
Why did God allow that to happen? If there was a God, especially a God that calls Himself a God of love, He wouldn’t have let these events happened. If there is a God where was He during the extermination camps, during the Gulags, during genocides, etc.? Too often, it is easier to deny His presence and existence when we face huge challenges.
However, Christ was present in all the tragedies of history, all the wars and all the conflicts, not as a conqueror, but as the most vulnerable, the poorest and victims. Christ said in the Gospel: “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40) God reveals Himself in Jesus-Christ who toke upon Him every inch of our weaknesses. He “emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.” (Philippians 2:7)
This is where the miracle of God’s revelation to the world becomes clear. This is where the miracle of faith unfolds and the extraordinary is to be discovered in the ordinary. The transcendent hides himself in the immanent. In our quest for God’s presence we need to learn how to look for him, through prayer and contemplation. God is everywhere. God reposes in the beauty of the world, the dignity of every human beings.
As Dostoyevsky once wrote: “Beauty will save the world.” This sentence is only true if God is beauty, if God is love, if simply God is. Yes, there is a God. Perhaps we are not looking for Him the right way or asking ourselves the right questions about Him. That’s fine, because God is.
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