Q: Some friends and I were talking about God the other day, and we decided to ask you a question: Is there anything that God can't do? I said He couldn't tell a lie, but someone else said that since God is all-powerful, He can do anything He wants to -- even tell a lie. Who is right? -- Z.S.
A: You are right; the only thing God cannot do is ...Read more
Q: How do I know God even hears my prayers? Sometimes it's as if He's turned a deaf ear to me. I'm beginning to wonder if it's even worthwhile praying. -- Mrs. E.C.
A: One reason we know God hears our prayers is because He has promised to hear them! Even if He doesn't always answer the way we think He should, He still hears us. The Psalmist ...Read more
Q: My uncle is active in his church and all that, but when he gets behind the wheel of his car he's an absolute maniac. Maybe you could say something about the need for safe driving. We're afraid he's going to kill someone one of these days. -- Mrs. T.L.
A: I'm afraid we've heard the statistics on vehicular deaths and injuries so often that we'...Read more
Q: I'm tired of Christian "friends" who are constantly telling me how I ought to live. I'll run my life any way I want to. It's none of their business what I do, as long as I'm not hurting anybody. -- W.W.
A: I doubt if anyone likes a proud, arrogant person who thinks they're better than we are, and constantly tells us that they're right and we...Read more
Q: I have some serious health problems because of alcohol. My doctors warned me, but I was too stubborn to listen, and anyway I thought I'd be the exception. But I'm not. I've stopped drinking, but it's probably too late. Is it too late to turn to God? I'm afraid to die. -- R.J.
A: No, it is never too late to turn to God, no matter what your ...Read more
Q: A new family just moved in near us, and they apparently have a physically handicapped son who requires much care. We've barely met them, but should we offer to help them somehow? We don't want to embarrass them or be nosey, but we want to be good neighbors. -- Mrs. J.B.
A: I'm thankful you want to be good neighbors; all too often today we ...Read more
Q: I get very upset at people who claim to be Christians, but spend all their time gossiping about others and tearing them down. Christians are supposed to be kind and loving, aren't they? -- Mrs. V.W.
A: Yes, of course Christians are supposed to be kind and loving -- just as Jesus is kind and loving toward us. Anyone who claims to follow Jesus...Read more
Q: Is the devil responsible for all the evil in the world? If he is, why didn't God just destroy the devil before he had a chance to do so much evil? Or do we know? -- Mrs. K.J.G.
A: The Bible doesn't answer all our questions about the devil -- but one fact is crystal clear: the devil is real, and he is absolutely opposed to God. In that sense,...Read more
Live and Let Live Under One G-O-DDevidas (Dev) Tahiliani
Our world today is dominated by religions that require blind faith and obedience. Humans will continue to abuse each other until we understand that we share a responsibility to ourselves and to each other. The power of our inner spirituality is called humanism.
We can each follow ...
Q: We built our dream house about a year ago, thinking it would make us happy and bring us closer together. But it hasn't; if anything, our marriage is in even worse shape. We argue about everything, it seems. Is divorce the only answer? -- Mrs. S.T.
A: One reason I wanted to reprint your email is because it points to a common problem in ...Read more
Q: We were getting ready for church this Christmas, and our daughter announced she wasn't going because she no longer believes in God. It's her first semester in college. Where did we go wrong? -- Mrs. E.McK.
A: Don't blame yourself for your daughter's apparent loss of faith; she alone is responsible before God for her decision to reject Him. ...Read more
Q: My grandmother says God never gives up on anyone, but she's wrong. God gave up on me long ago, and nothing will ever change that. And frankly, I don't really care. -- B.N.
A: God hasn't given up on you -- but He has given you the terrible freedom to turn your back on Him and destroy your life, if you choose to do so. The Bible warns, "There ...Read more
Q: When we do something wrong, why doesn't God just ignore it? He knows we're not perfect, so why doesn't He just overlook the bad things we do and hope we'll do better the next time? -- F.M.
A: You're right when you say that God knows we're not perfect, because He knows all about us -- not only what we do but what we think. The Bible says, "...Read more
Q: What is Heaven like? My grandmother died a few months ago, and this got me thinking about Heaven. She looked forward to going there (especially as her health failed), but I never asked her what she thought Heaven would be like. Does the Bible tell us? -- G.J.
A: The Bible doesn't answer all our questions about Heaven -- because Heaven is far...Read more
Q: Do you think Jesus might come again during this year? I know we aren't supposed to make predictions, but the world is in such bad shape that I don't see how it can last much longer, unless He intervenes. -- Mrs. M.F.
A: One of the Bible's greatest promises is that someday all the evil that infects our world will be destroyed, and Jesus ...Read more
Q: I don't agree with preachers who say we're all terrible sinners who have rebelled against God. To me, "sin" simply means having negative thoughts, and if we have enough positive thoughts, we'll experience true happiness. That's what we all want, isn't it? -- Mrs. E.E.
A: God has put within each of us a yearning to be happy and content -- and...Read more
Q: This past year wasn't very good for me, and I can't blame anyone but myself. I know I need God, but how much do I have to clean up my life before He'll have anything to do with me? He must be very angry at me. -- J.McN.
A: The most important truth I can tell you is that God still loves you, in spite of the fact you've spent most of your life...Read more
Q: I didn't grow up in a religious home; my parents never went to church, and they didn't even let us talk about God. But now that I'm older I feel a need for God, and I don't know why. Am I just rebelling against my parents? -- F.T.
A: I'm thankful you feel a need in your heart for God, and I sincerely pray you won't push it aside or decide it...Read more
Q: Did people in the Bible celebrate the start of the new year, like we do today? Or is it only a secular holiday with no particular religious significance? -- Mrs. M.R.
A: Today people across the world are celebrating the ending of one year and the beginning of a new one -- complete with their hopes and dreams for a better world during 2018. ...Read more
Q: This may sound silly, but how do you thank someone for a Christmas gift you didn't really want, and will never use? I don't want to lie and tell them I like it, but what should I say? I always try to write my thank-you notes right after Christmas. -- Mrs. A.G.
A: I commend you for writing your thank-you notes so soon after Christmas; it's ...Read more
Q: At our church's Christmas service last year the pastor said we ought to celebrate Christmas every day of the year. Maybe I wasn't listening very carefully, but what do you suppose he meant by this? -- Mrs. C.MacF.
A: I suspect your pastor was pointing to a very important truth: Christ didn't only come into the world that first Christmas ...Read more