Evil is real, and so is the devil, for ultimately all evil can be traced back to him.
One of Noah’s sons, Ham, became the founder of some groups that settled in Africa, although most of his descendants settled elsewhere, including Babylonia and Assyria in the Middle East.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: When my grandfather died, he willed the old family Bible to me (we have a large family, and none of us got much of value). I dont know what to do with it. Its too big for me to read (although I know he read it every day), and the language is very old-fashioned. Why keep it? I guess Im not a very sentimental person. M.G.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Im graduating from college in a few weeks, and Ive already been offered a very good job, at least as far as pay is concerned. But a former employee of this company told me Id be pressured into doing things that arent honest or ethical. How can I know what to do? S.D.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I know this isnt a spiritual question, but how should we deal with someone who talks all the time? We have a family reunion coming up, and our aunt always dominates the conversation (talking mostly about herself). J.M.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Wed like to be friendly toward a family that moved into our apartment building a few months ago, but theyre from a foreign country and have a different religion, and were not sure what to do, if anything. Any suggestions? V.B.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Is it possible to be addicted to things other than drugs or alcohol? Or are some of the things we do just bad habits that we could break if we really wanted to? M.D.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: My grandmother used to say that the longer we live, the closer well be to God. Is that true? It was with her, because she became more devout as she got older, but Ive known others who just got grumpy and hard to live with when they got old. J.Q.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: My neighbor just confessed to me that shes carrying on an affair behind her familys back, and is thinking about leaving them so she can marry her lover (whos also married). I want to help her, but how can I? She claims shes at peace with her decisions. N.N.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: My aunt went into a nursing home a few months ago, and whenever I go to see her I come away saddened because so many of the people there are lonely and never have any visitors. Should I encourage our pastor to start visiting there? L.M.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I have a friend whos always been the upbeat, optimistic type, no matter what happened. But now shes been diagnosed with untreatable cancer, and its really sent her into an emotional tailspin. What happened to all her optimism? A.R.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: My aunt is in hospice with untreatable stage 4 cancer, and she keeps asking me why God doesnt just let her die and go to be with Jesus. I always try to be optimistic and tell her shes going to get better, although we both know she isnt. What can I say to cheer her up? L.A.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: What advice do you have for a new mother? I didnt grow up in a stable home, and I dont want to make the same mistakes my mother made, even if they werent always her fault. V. M.
Satan believes in God — that is, he believes God exists, and he even knows that God is powerful.
For many years I made it a practice to read five Psalms and one chapter of Proverbs every day, enabling me to read through those two books each month.
Jesus proclaimed he was the truth, sent from heaven to reveal God to us.
The future is in God’s hands, it reminds us, and someday all God’s enemies will be defeated and Jesus Christ will rule forever as king of kings and lord of lords.
Don’t be concerned about this, because in church you’re surrounded by people who love you and genuinely want to help you — even if you don’t yet know them.
The faiths of the world often they contradict each other, and none presents a sure way to know God.
Someday in heaven an understanding of evil and why God allowed it to exist will be given us — but not yet.