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How can we escape the results of marriage being redefined?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: While some progress is being made in our nation to turn from its devastating decisions to ignore God, how can we escape the results of our own sinful choices, like allowing marriage to be redefined? -- D.C.

A: The most precious human institution is marriage between a man and a woman, which has come...Read more

Is optimism dangerous?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I believe that optimism is the greatest attribute we can have in life. But others tell me optimism can be dangerous -- that's ludicrous, isn't it? -- O.F.

A: Admiral Jim Stockdale was one of the highest-ranking officers in the U.S. Navy, served in Vietnam and spent time as a prisoner of war in the ...Read more

What's the best way for me to comfort others?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I am a very private person and don't share my inner thoughts with many. Because I don't bother people with my problems, I struggle with comforting others who are hurting. What's the best way to do this? -- C.F.

A: It pleases God when He sees mankind reach out to others in need. There is an old ...Read more

Has college made my sister dumb about Jesus?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My sister has become a different person since entering college, disregarding her church friends and rejecting her faith. She says she believes a little bit of every religion which is bigger than the God of the Bible. I am afraid for her. She avoids me and is disrespectful to our parents, showing no ...Read more

How much proof is there that Jesus indeed is a true historical figure?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I took my family to the Museum of the Bible for Christmas. It was fascinating to see the artifacts and hear claims that Jesus indeed is a true historical figure. What more proof is needed? -- H.F.

A: There are many among us today who acknowledge Jesus as a historical figure, many even claim to ...Read more

Why would Larry King, a Jew, want to interview Jesus?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I read that Larry King was once asked which historical figure he would most want to interview, and his answer was Jesus. I wonder why since Larry King is Jewish? -- I.J.

A: Jesus was a Jew. His message of love and forgiveness was given first to the Jewish nation. He sent His disciples into the ...Read more

What is the greatest stumbling block to the Kingdom of God?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: What is the greatest stumbling block to the Kingdom of God? Is it lying or pride? -- S.B.

A: Sin gathers up all that violates a Holy God and keeps souls from entering God's wonderful eternal home. But pride is pivotal -- it stirs up everything that is against the Lord, including lying. The book of ...Read more

Is believing things into existence biblical?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I read a book recently that tells people that they can believe anything into existence. I am a Christian and if I doubt this I am told I do not have enough faith. Is this biblical? -- H.H.

A: Put simply, it is impossible to believe anything into existence. Try it. Who can simply "believe" that they...Read more

Is it true that cleanliness is next to godliness?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I have Christian neighbors who refuse to clean their home and keep their yard groomed. Their little children seldom bathe. I am hoping that they might see this column and take it to heart. Is it true that cleanliness is next to godliness? -- C.F.

A: The great preacher John Wesley made a similar ...Read more

What is truth?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I am attending a seminary where claims are made that contradict the Bible. Postmodernism lays out "a view of truth as it relates to perspectives and general agreement," so my professor says. His answer falls short but I struggle to find a definitive response. What is truth? -- T.S.

A: People have ...Read more

Why does the new year always brings a freshness to life?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: A new year always brings a freshness to life -- the hope of starting over again. Why is that? -- H.F.

A: There is a longing in people's hearts for happiness. The human spirit also groans for something new. In Bible times people were always searching for "some new thing" (Acts 17:21). We are no ...Read more

How can I make my New Year's resolution stick?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I am determined to turn over a new leaf this year. But I am afraid it will be like all the years before. How can I make my New Year's resolution stick? -- S.R.

A: Slogans have been around a long time, perhaps as early as the Middle Ages. Slogans were passwords used to help identify ...Read more

Is it useful to frighten people over the end times?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: As a new year begins I am filled with anxiety about the future. I am especially undone when Christians talk about the end times, which instills fear, and use strange words like "apocalypse." Is it useful to frighten people with such things? -- F.F.

A: Every day headlines frighten people with news ...Read more

How can I replace the sorrow of dark shadows with sunshine and happiness?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I am committed to living a happier life in the New Year in spite of my disabilities. I certainly don't want a repeat of the year that is drawing to an end. I didn't do so well in overcoming days of depression. How can I replace the sorrow of dark shadows with sunshine and happiness? -- D.S.

A: A ...Read more

Why are acts of generosity so short-lived in our communities, nation and world?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Greeting cards and the acts of generosity are marks of the holiday season. Why is it so short-lived in our communities, nation and world? -- H.B.

A: This is a season of gift-giving and peace-making, but on a broad scale, it indeed has a short cycle. Our society is shot through with slander, libel ...Read more

Why is it so hard for people to overcome prejudice?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: During the Christmas break I was given the opportunity, for extra credit, to prepare a paper on the subject of prejudices. Why is it so hard for people to overcome prejudice? -- C.P.

A: Prejudice is measured by computing the distance between our own biased opinions and the real truth. If we would ...Read more

What can I do to sound the warning that life is more than an extended happy hour?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Every New Year's Eve my friend tries to persuade me to go to Times Square to drink, party and watch the ball drop at midnight. I asked him why he does it. He said, "I suppose I am drowning my disappointments while hoping for something better." What can I do to sound the warning that ...Read more

Should I pray in the name of Jesus or should I be more generic in an effort to bring unity?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I have been asked to give a prayer at a community event. I am a Christian. Should I pray in the name of Jesus or should I be more generic in an effort to bring unity? -- P.P.

A: Uniting in prayer to the gods of this world will avail nothing. A clear demonstration of this is the story of Elijah and ...Read more

What will Heaven be like?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Some people think Heaven will be like living a fairy tale. Others think it will be boring. What is the right answer? -- H.B.

A: Heaven captures the imagination, but it is not an imaginary place. It is not a fantasyland in which to dwell. It is not a place one can travel to and come back again -- at...Read more

Why can't God stop the madness that is tearing our country apart?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My teacher told my class that God is to blame for the mess our society is in. It is hard for me to debate her on this subject because, after all, if God is all-powerful, why can't He stop the madness that is tearing our country apart? -- C.S.

A: Many people actually do blame God for our state of ...Read more

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