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Why do Christians close their prayers in Jesus' name?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Why do Christians close their prayers in Jesus' name? -- P.Q.

A: This wonderful name reminds us -- and those listening -- that Jesus has opened the door to Heaven for us. We can approach Him, and speak directly to Him, only because of what He has done for us. The phrase "in Jesus' name" is not a ...Read more

Which religion is in the most danger spiritually?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Which religion is in the most danger spiritually of missing out on God's love and true happiness? -- S.D.

A: Religions do not reject God -- people do. Religions are simply made up of people. God's love is for individuals. Each person has been created by God and He has put a soul into every man, ...Read more

If you were God, wouldn't you be tempted to wipe out the human race?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: It seems our society is more corrupt than ever. Does anyone ever ask the question, "If you were God, wouldn't you be tempted to wipe out the human race and blot them from memory?" -- A.G.

A: We cannot put ourselves in God's place, of course. He is far greater than we are. Apart from Almighty God ...Read more

Are there books that are particularly good at teaching?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: As I age I tend to look on the darker side of issues but in my heart I want to be an encourager so that my faith in God is apparent. Are there books that are particularly good at teaching this wonderful attribute? -- E.F.

A: All around us are people whose lives are filled with trouble and sorrow. ...Read more

If we pray daily will problems and suffering disappear?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is it true that if we read the Bible and pray daily that problems and suffering will disappear so that we can experience happiness? -- H.H.

A: No one is exempt from the touch of tragedy: neither the Christian nor the non-Christian; neither the rich nor the poor; neither the leader nor the commoner....Read more

Where have I gone wrong?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I have had many friends and family go through treatment for cancer. I have always been healthy until recently and now have been diagnosed with cancer myself. I have tried to always encourage others facing this dreadful disease but now my own words as a Christian don't seem to be sufficient for me. ...Read more

Should I suppress my anger just because I am a Christian?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: After several years on the job I was recently fired. The company told me that I didn't get along with people and it hindered my performance in the office. Am I really supposed to suppress my anger just because I am a Christian? -- J.U.

A: Situations often come into our lives that seem unfair. As ...Read more

Is it wrong to pray that God would take my life?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I want to be happy but after a dysfunctional childhood and an abusive marriage, I have been praying that God would take my life. Is that wrong? No one would really care or even miss me. -- S.W.

A: God alone is the Giver of life and it is dangerous to take life into our own hands. Such thoughts are ...Read more

Would God restore my cousin?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My cousin got heavily involved in drugs some years ago and now suffers from some brain damage. I know there are consequences for our actions but if he were to ask God to forgive him for his bad choices would God restore him? -- D.A.

A: God does not promise that all the consequences of sin will ...Read more

Why do my co-workers ridicule me for my Christian lifestyle?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I serve my community -- in a large city -- in the department and also as a member of the city council. While I am a Christian and do my best to live out my faith publicly, I am careful not to take on-the-job time to evangelize others. Still, some of my co-workers ridicule me for my Christian ...Read more

Does everyone deal with the same fear?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Most people I know would say that I am a good person, but I would be so embarrassed if anyone could read my thoughts. Does everyone deal with the same fear? -- F.E.

A: Our thoughts are the most reliable indication of what we are really like. And when we face our thoughts and our motives honestly, ...Read more

Am I more of a skeptic because the Bible doesn't seem relevant?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Someone told me I was an atheist because I'm not sure God exists. I think I am more of a skeptic because the Bible doesn't seem relevant; which is true? -- A.U.

A: Atheists say they do not believe in God at all, while an agnostic is not sure whether or not God exists. Skeptics attack the Bible and ...Read more

Why is it wrong to go along with the crowd?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I am constantly being harassed by my peers to do things I know are wrong but I do wish they would accept me for who I am. I feel rejected when they leave me out of activities that could be fun because I am a Christian. Why is it wrong to go along with the crowd? -- P.P.

A: Everyone feels the need ...Read more

Should the church concern itself with politics?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: It seems churchgoers today are extremely involved in the political system. Should the church concern itself with politics, or should it confine itself to a spiritual ministry only? -- P.I.

A: There are many ways to describe politics. Many of our forefathers, thankfully, were Christians. America was...Read more

Are all living things classified as animals?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My science teacher says all living things are classified as animals. Is this true? -- I.S.

A: God created animals first: great sea creatures, birds, cattle and the beasts of the earth, each according to its kind, and then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness" (Genesis ...Read more

Is pornography only bad if it leads to a crime?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Some of my friends say that pornography is only bad if it leads to a crime, just as alcohol is only bad if it leads to drunkenness. Is this true? -- P.O.

A: Pornography is basically described as visual images, writing, or speech that is used for the purpose of arousing lustful sexual desires. The ...Read more

What does the term "easy believism" really mean?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: What does the term "easy believism" really mean? -- T.S.

A: There is a mindset today that if people believe in God and do good works, they are going to Heaven. But there are many questions that must be answered. It should not be surprising if people believe easily in a God who makes no demands, but...Read more

Shouldn't parents discipline their children?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Our friends have two teenagers with severe behavioral problems and claim that it is due to mental illness, but neither child has been diagnosed with any particular disorder. Having been close with this family through the years, the problem to me seems simple -- the parents don't discipline them and ...Read more

Is it wrong for me to long for Heaven in order to escape the disappointments of this life?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is it wrong for me to long for Heaven in order to escape the disappointments of this life? -- H.B.

A: Heaven will be a place in which its inhabitants will be freed from the fears, insecurities and disappointments that plague us in the present life. We will be free from financial pressures that ...Read more

How can I overcome this horrible conflict that depresses me?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: It is shameful to admit that I am jealous of my own sister who is beautiful, successful and sweet. I'm miserable when we're together, yet I love her. How can I overcome this horrible conflict that depresses me? -- J.R.

A: Envy, jealousy, and covetousness are interrelated. Discontent with our ...Read more

 

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