DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: My parents were active in church and all that, but even as a child I knew it didnt make any difference in the way they lived. Shouldnt believing in God make someone a better person? I have lots of friends who arent religious but theyre still good people. Why should I bother to believe, if it doesnt make any difference? H.N.
By BILLY GRAHAM
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DEAR H.N.: Im sorry your parents werent a good example of what it means to have a living faith but I hope you wont let their failures keep you from seeking God, for He is far greater than this.
Youre right about one thing, however: If we truly believe in God, it should make a difference in the way we live. In fact, if we claim to believe in God but it doesnt affect the way we live, then our faith isnt real. The Bible says, What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? ... Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead (James 2:14,17).
Dont turn away from God just because of the bad example of your parents or anyone else. Instead, turn to Jesus Christ as he is revealed in the pages of the New Testament, and discover who he is and what he can do in your life. When you do, youll discover that God loves you and wants you to become part of his family and once that truth takes root in your soul, youll never be the same.
In other words, look at Christ, not at the failures of others. He alone is worthy of our faith and trust, and he alone can forgive our sins and change our lives. Jesus said, I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10).
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