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Is God really an old man with a long white beard?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: On a trip to Italy I saw a painting of God. Is He really an old man with a long white beard? -- A.L.

A: When people receive Jesus Christ as personal Savior they begin to understand that God is a Spirit, yet He displays the attributes of perfection. God thinks, He speaks, He communicates, He judges,...Read more

Do Christians believe in reincarnated?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: It seems that more and more people believe that when we die we reemerge in a different form and have a second chance at life. Some try to say that Christianity teaches this. Could this be possible? -- S.C.

A: The Bible does not teach reincarnation. Scripture makes it very clear that we live only ...Read more

Should each person's religion be by personal design?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: It seems that taking the good from Buddha, the Dali Lama and Jesus would make for a good system. I believe that each person's religion should be by personal design. Why should I believe what someone else has concocted? -- D.R.

A: Just a few years ago a tech company began developing "How to Redesign...Read more

Did Roman emperors not acknowledge Jesus Christ as a power to be considered?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My professor of ancient history teaches that Roman emperors did not acknowledge Jesus Christ as a power to be considered. Is this true? -- H.S.

A: Even negative historical documents carry evidence of the truth and power of the Biblical account of Christ. The fourth-century Roman emperor, Julian the...Read more

Is bad language overlooked by God?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: It seems that cursing isn't looked down on as much as it once was. Is bad language overlooked by God? -- C.P.

A: God does not overlook sin; He forgives sin when people humble themselves and repent. A reporter once asked several people to describe sin. One young man said, "You know what sin is when ...Read more

Is it wrong for me to have a drink with the guys?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My wife says I could be a better example to my children. She faults me for stopping after work for a drink with the guys after a stressful day. I am working hard to provide a living for my family so they can have more than I did when I was a boy. Is this so wrong? -- D.D.

A: Do more tangible things...Read more

How best to create a secure home for my children?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I grew up as a "latchkey kid" and with my own children now I want desperately to give them what I didn't have -- a secure home and a stay-at-home mom. My friends tell me I am cheating myself if I do not use my college degree to supplement our family income. Are they right? -- C.W.

A: In a ...Read more

Is misrepresentation to protect myself a lie if it doesn't hurt anyone else?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is misrepresentation to protect myself a lie if it doesn't hurt anyone else? -- T.T.

A: The Bible teaches that proper conduct includes truthfulness. God's Word teaches that we should be truthful in our representations of ourselves. Jesus denounced the hypocrisy of the scribes and Pharisees! In the ...Read more

Can we be good on our own, apart from God?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My atheist friend insists that the human race can live independent of religion; that goodness is a matter of mind over action. Can we be good on our own, apart from God? -- G.L.

A: Human nature -- ever intent to live independently of God and His transforming grace -- claims that environment, ...Read more

Does everyone consider their life a disappointment?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Life is troublesome. I remember as a kid I thought I would grow up to live an exciting life full of adventure. Life has been a disappointment. Does everyone experience this or is it just me? -- L.J.

A: Life is a journey -- although sometimes we forget it. Life becomes so hectic, and we become so ...Read more

Who has authority to speak to the end of the world?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I don't know much about the end times and have always felt that it was an emotional reaction by Christians to explain catastrophic events in the world. But lately it seems even the secular media uses "end of the world" rhetoric while admitting that the world seems to be filled with evil everywhere. ...Read more

Why can't people live life the way they want when it comes to their own personal morality

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Why can't people live life the way they want when it comes to their own personal morality? Why is it anyone's business? -- I.L.

A: No one lives in the world "alone." The human race was put on earth to enjoy the benefits given by God. The world needs moral leadership that respects the rights of all ...Read more

What's wrong with taking drugs if they help someone?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I know that street drugs are bad for society, but what is wrong with taking prescription drugs if they help someone cope with life? -- D.A.

A: There is widespread anxiety in people's hearts today. While battles rage around the world and storms gather in the human spirit, depression steals rest from...Read more

What did Jesus teach about working?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: What did Jesus teach about working? -- L.D.

A: Jesus had a great deal to say about labor (work). He was interested in common people. The Bible says, "And the common people heard Him gladly" (Mark 12:37). In fact, Jesus Himself was a laboring man. He was a carpenter. Wouldn't you like to have been ...Read more

What should a parent do if a child refuses to pray?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is it important for children to pray and, if so, what should a parent do if a child refuses to pray? -- P.C.

A: Encourage your children to pray and teach them by example. When children see and hear their parents pray it can become a natural and important thing throughout their lives. But don't ...Read more

Why do Christians obsess about sin?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Why is it that sin is determined by religion and why do Christians, in particular, obsess about sin? -- S.P.

A: Religion is man-made. In order to compete with God for the domination of the world, Satan, whom Christ called "the prince of this world," was forced to go into the "religion" business. ...Read more

What proof is there of the great flood?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: As a student of archaeology, I am studying what is called the myth of the great flood. My professor says that anyone who truly believes this account fails to believe truth by evidence. What can I say to refute that? -- A.S.

A: "Archaeology substantiates Noah's Flood," said the London Times in 1929....Read more

How can I be less depressed?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I have recently lost two friends who overdosed on drugs. It has made me depressed and most of my thoughts are unhappy. I can't do anything for them now, so how can I change my thinking? -- H.I.

A: Grief can kill a person emotionally and physically. If not counteracted with God's strength and power,...Read more

My AnswerIs believing in Jesus enough?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My friend asked me to become a Christian and said all I had to do was believe in Jesus to be saved. Is that all there is to it? -- C.C.

A: Just to say "believe in Jesus" can produce a false assurance of salvation, because even the devil "believes in Jesus." To believe in Jesus is to turn from a ...Read more

Why don't our leaders live spiritually?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I am tired of hearing spiritual people talk about the right way to live and then they live like the devil. My grandparents were wonderful people and while I am not of the same faith they were, I could always count on them to tell me the truth. But I don't see this lived out among many today, ...Read more

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