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  • Writer's pictureBishop Mesrop Parsamyan

Why?



"Why?" is a reflection of our human nature. We all pose this question, particularly during times of pain and suffering, seeking an explanation from God. Many of us have the misconception that understanding the cause of our pain will either alleviate it or at least make it more bearable.


Scriptures tell us, "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:9). All we know about God is thanks to His revelation. Here's a comforting truth: there are mysteries that we will never comprehend until we reach Heaven. God doesn't owe us explanations or need our permission to act. He is God, and as finite and sinful human beings, we will not always understand why specific events occur in our lives.


As St. Paul expressed, “For now we see only a reflection, as in a mirror, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12) One day, our understanding will be clear, but at present, many things are shrouded in mystery. With our limited and finite intelligence, we cannot grasp everything. But eventually, clarity will come, and on that day, we may exclaim, “Ah, now I understand why God allowed this in my life.” Until that moment arrives, God urges us to trust Him.


Today, many people ask "Why?" and strive to find logical answers. However, trust me when I say that those currently suffering from physical and psychological pain do not need theological explanations or elaborate treatises. Any logical explanation becomes irrelevant, inappropriate, and insufficient. What is most needed for the human mind, heart, and soul is the tangible and comforting presence of Jesus Christ in their lives.


Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan

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