Q: My friend claims that the birth of Jesus was the most important event in human history. Why would he say this? Others have certainly influenced the human race, like great inventors and scientists. Why was Jesus' birth so important? -- S.K.
A: Today is Christmas, and millions around the world will be celebrating the birthday of Jesus over 2,...Read more
Q: What did Mary and Joseph do with the gifts that the wise men brought them -- gold, and so forth? Everything I read about them in the Bible seems to indicate that they were actually very poor. -- Mrs. B.F.
A: Yes, Mary and Joseph were quite poor, even by the standards of their day. For example, when they brought Jesus into the Temple in ...Read more
Q: My husband and I have stayed together for the sake of our children, but they're on their own now, and we've decided to go ahead and get a divorce. But my mother keeps hoping we won't, and I promised her I'd write you first. But why keep a failed marriage together? -- Mrs. V.S.
A: I'm saddened whenever I hear of a failed marriage, because no ...Read more
Q: Where did the wise men come from, and how did they know that the star they were following would lead them to Jesus? And did they ride camels? I am 10 years old, and I've always wondered about them. -- D.McF.
A: The Bible doesn't tell us exactly where they came from; it only tells us that they were from a country to the east of Israel (where ...Read more
Q: Some of my friends laugh at me, because I thoroughly enjoy celebrating Christmas -- although I'm an atheist. But why shouldn't I? You don't have to believe in God or in Jesus to enjoy Christmas. -- T.B.
A: You're right, up to a point; most people do enjoy Christmas -- the gift-giving, the decorations, the family get-togethers, etc. Many, ...Read more
Q: Were the angels wrong when they told the shepherds that Jesus would bring us peace? The world seems to be just as chaotic today as it was 2,000 years ago. I'm not sure we'll ever have lasting peace on earth. -- R.P.
A: No, the angels weren't in error when they proclaimed peace to the shepherds on that first Christmas night outside Bethlehem....Read more
Q: I have an aggressive form of cancer, and the doctors have told me this will be my last Christmas. I feel so sad, especially when I think about not seeing my grandchildren grow up. What would you say to someone in my situation? -- Mrs. L.R.
A: The most important thing I can say to you is that God knows all about your situation, and He loves ...Read more
Q: My husband just turned 50, and it's really hit him hard. Suddenly he thinks he's over the hill, and now he's always worrying about his health and his future. How can I help him? I wasn't expecting this. -- Mrs. E.C.
A: My wife, Ruth, grew up in China (where her parents were medical missionaries) -- and one thing she always admired was the ...Read more
A Journey Toward PerfectionHelen Kamenos
Two thousand years ago, a fire humbly and meekly exploded into our reality, which changed our world. That fire was Christ. Take the Journey Toward Perfection and be transformed. By knowing the perfect love of God, you will undergo a metamorphosis. You will become the butterfly that God always...
Q: I get upset at all the mail we get this time of year from charities and agencies asking for money. I just throw most of them in the trash. I know we could give more than we do, but how can I know who really needs money and will use it wisely? -- G.McK.
A: Although you may not be aware of it, many nonprofit organizations (including our own) ...Read more
Q: My five siblings and I never have been very close (in fact, to be honest we've never gotten along very well). Now out of the blue, one of our sisters has invited all of us and our families for Christmas dinner. How can we keep it from turning into another family fight? -- Mrs. D.N.
A: Have you asked yourself why your sister is taking this ...Read more
Q: My girlfriend keeps pressuring me to go to church, but I'd feel like a hypocrite if I started acting religious. Maybe some people feel a need to believe in God, but I'm not one of them. How can I logically explain this to her? -- K.W.
A: I realize this may not be the answer you hoped for -- but in reality, you can't logically explain it to ...Read more
Q: Why do I have such a hard time saying "no" to people who talk me into doing things I know are wrong -- and yet I still do them? Why do I give in so easily? -- M.H.
A: I'm thankful you realize you have this problem, and you want to do something about it. Tragically, some people go through life without ever realizing others are leading them ...Read more
Q: I am living temporarily in your country while I attend graduate school. Please explain Christmas to me. I thought it was supposed to be a religious holiday, but from what I saw last year, I guess I am wrong. -- N.S.V.
A: Thank you for your email -- and yes, Christmas is meant to be a religious celebration, because it commemorates the birth ...Read more
Q: My marriage fell apart a couple of years ago, and I think the thing that angers me most is that my ex-husband shows no interest in our three children. Last year he didn't even send them a Christmas card, let alone any gifts. I accept that he's moved on in his life, but how do I explain this to our children? -- L.S.
A: Almost nothing is more ...Read more
Q: I grew up in a religious home, but I rebelled against all that, and I suppose you could say I've been living like the devil ever since. I know I'm on a dead-end road, but I don't think I can do anything about it. Has God given up on me? -- Z.J.
A: No, God has not given up on you! If God had given up on you, you wouldn't even be asking this ...Read more
Q: I know you Christians say Jesus was born of a virgin, but where did that idea come from? Even if I believed in God (which I'm not sure I do), I'd have a hard time believing this. -- K.M.T.
A: Only one person knew for certain that Mary was a virgin -- and that was Mary herself. Later Joseph (to whom she was betrothed) came to know it also, ...Read more
Q: If the last few years are any guide, by the time you get this letter my family and I will be so busy getting ready for Christmas that we'll completely lose sight of its true meaning. Maybe it's too late, but how can we avoid this? -- Mrs. Y.McD.
A: You've already taken the first step by being aware of your problem -- and not only being aware...Read more
Q: Our children and grandchildren keep asking us what we'd like for Christmas, but we honestly don't need anything at this stage of life. We don't want them to think we're ungrateful, but how can we tell them we don't want any gifts? -- Mrs. B.F.
A: Admittedly people sometimes give gifts only out of obligation; they do it because they think ...Read more
Q: Do people who have died and gone on to Heaven know what's happening on earth? If so, I'd think they'd be sad to see the evil and suffering that go on here. But isn't Heaven supposed to be a happy place? -- Mrs. G.M.
A: Yes, the Bible assures us that Heaven is a place of absolute happiness and joy and peace -- far greater than anything we'll ...Read more
Q: I'd like to give my niece a nice Bible for Christmas, but I'm afraid she might be disappointed. She's only 10, and I've usually just given her a gift card or some money. Will I just be wasting my money, since she's still young and probably won't understand the Bible? -- Mrs. D.R.
A: The Bible is God's Word; can you think of anything more ...Read more