Q: Recently my sister and I tracked down our father, who abandoned us and the rest of our family almost 40 years ago. But when we contacted him by email he let it be known that he didn't want anything to do with us. This really hurt us. How can anyone be so heartless? -- Mrs. W.S.
A: Only your father knows why he feels this way -- and even he ...Read more
Q: Why does the Bible say that it's wrong to have pride? If we don't have confidence in ourselves and take pride in our work, we'll never do anything worthwhile. Personally, I think pride is a good thing. -- S.C.
A: It's not necessarily wrong to take pride in our work, or in something else we've done well; the Bible urges us to be diligent and ...Read more
Q: I don't see how anyone can be a scientist and still believe in God. Why believe in God, when science can explain everything that happens? I'm in high school, and I hope to major in medical research when I get to college. -- J.K.
A: Your interest in science shouldn't keep you from believing in God -- not at all. Over the years some of the ...Read more
Q: My friend says that Jesus never claimed to be God, or anything like that. He says Jesus was on a spiritual search just like the rest of us, and what we basically learn from Jesus is how we can find our own spiritual path. Is he right? -- W.Q.
A: No, your friend is not correct. Even before Jesus was born, an angel told Joseph that he should ...Read more
Q: Where do evil thoughts and ideas come from? Does the devil put them in our minds? I'd hate for anyone to know what's actually going through my mind sometimes. -- R.J.
A: One of the Bible's greatest truths is that God knows all about us -- including even the bad things that are going through our minds. And yet He still loves us, and wants us ...Read more
Q: Recently I decided to read the Bible, and I started with the book of Revelation. But after the first few chapters I really got confused, and I don't understand what it's talking about. -- Z.F.
A: Revelation (the last book in the Bible) was written to tell us about the future -- especially the final conflict between God and Satan, and the ...Read more
Q: I often think about death; occasionally I even have nightmares about dying. Maybe it's because my parents died at a fairly young age, but I'm still fearful about dying (although I'm still in my 20s). Is something wrong with me? -- C.D.
A: Perhaps because of your background you think about death more than most people do -- but no, nothing's ...Read more
Q: My grandchildren say I worry too much, even about things that don't really matter. I suppose I am a bit of a worrywart, but I've always been like this, and I've told them I'm just too old to change. Am I right? -- Mrs. S.G.
A: It's true that the older we get, the more we tend to become set in our ways. But it doesn't have to be like this -- ...Read more
Q: My faith today is probably about where it was 10 years ago -- not much stronger, not much weaker. I know I ought to be a better Christian, but I don't know how. What would you say to me? -- Mrs. L.W.
A: Just as children are meant to grow and become adults, so we are meant to grow and become "spiritual adults". Only then will we be able to ...Read more
Q: Where did the angels come from, and what do they look like? Have they always existed? This Christmas our 6-year-old son was asking us about this, and we didn't know how to answer him. -- Mrs. C.G.
A: I'm glad your son is asking questions like this -- and I hope you'll encourage him, even if you don't always know the answers. Can anything be ...Read more
Q: I have a hard time believing that God is interested in every detail of our lives. Maybe He's interested in the big things that happen to us, but I think He's probably got too much else to do to worry about the small things. Am I right? -- H.F.
A: No, you aren't right -- and you should be glad you aren't, because it means that God is ...Read more
Q: When I hear people refer to God as our Heavenly Father, I get real uptight. My father was very abusive, and if that's what God is like, I don't want anything to do with Him. You'll probably say God isn't like this, but how do you know? -- K.S.
A: No, God isn't like this -- not at all. God is our perfect and loving Heavenly Father, and His ...Read more
Q: My friend keeps telling me that Jesus died for me, but I don't understand what she means. I didn't grow up in a religious family, and I'm embarrassed I don't understand her. -- Mrs. D.N.
A: Be grateful for your friend's concern -- but don't be embarrassed if you don't understand what she's talking about. Elsewhere you state that you'd like ...Read more
Q: Recently we moved into a new neighborhood, and I suppose we ought to get involved in a local church, but I'm not sure it's worth the effort. After all, what difference does it make what church you join -- or if you join one at all? Our previous ones didn't do much for us. -- P.L.
A: I'm sorry you haven't had a positive church experience -- ...Read more
Q: My friend is the kindest and most thoughtful person I know, and yet she has no interest in God or religion. Frankly, she's better than most of the Christians I know. How do you account for this? -- Mrs. R.B.
A: I'm sorry your friend has no interest in God -- but I'm still thankful for her thoughtfulness and kindness. The world certainly ...Read more
Q: I have bad arthritis, and I saw an ad in one of those supermarket papers for a gold-plated charm that they say will heal me. The ad says it's been prayed over by a spiritual healer, and has special magical healing powers. Should I send for it? It's kind of expensive. -- Mrs. W.K.
A: I strongly urge you not to waste your money on this, or on ...Read more
Q: I've been teaching our church's class for 5-year-olds the last few years, but I'm discouraged and I don't think I'll continue. They don't pay attention most of the time, and I've about decided that all they need is a good babysitter. Am I wrong? -- Mrs. L.T.
A: Let me ask you a question: Is a 5-year-old child too young to learn not to cross ...Read more
Q: Does the Bible say anything about life on other planets? I'm fascinated by all the discoveries about the universe that have been made in recent years. Maybe we're not alone in the universe after all. -- N.McC.
A: No, the Bible doesn't say anything about the possibility of life on other planets. Its main concern is with human life on this ...Read more
Q: I'm about to be released from prison, but my family doesn't want anything to do with me. Our chaplain says God cares for me even if no one else does, but how does he know? I'm not even sure I want to keep on living. -- J.J.
A: The most important thing I can tell you is that no matter what your past has been or what others may think, God has ...Read more
Q: My friend claims to be interested in God, but he keeps bringing up questions I can't answer, and I'm beginning to wonder if he's really serious or if he just enjoys putting me on the spot. Am I wasting my time trying to help him? -- K.C.C.
A: I'm thankful for your concern for your friend, and unless he clearly tells you he's not interested ...Read more