DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: You preachers are always saying we need to change our behavior and become better people, but I don’t agree. I think we need to learn to accept ourselves just as we are and quit feeling guilty over our shortcomings. We’ll never be perfect anyway, so why worry about it? — L.S.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I heard from a religious friend of mine that Jesus is going to come back to Earth someday. But how will we know if he does? Maybe he’ll be born in some remote part of the world and we’ll never even hear about him. — R.G.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I graduated from high school a few weeks ago, and I don’t know what to do now. Most of my friends are headed to college, but I don’t think it’s for me. My parents are pressuring me to do something, but how can I know what’s right? — Z.R.
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DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: We moved to a new city a few months ago when my husband was transferred. He loves his new job, but I’m miserable because I don’t know anyone here, and I’m just getting more and more depressed. I’ve even thought about going back home, although I don’t want to. What would you advise? — M.M.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I don’t know how it happened, but I’ve gotten hooked on cocaine. My wife is threatening to leave me if I don’t stop, but I don’t know where to turn. You’ll probably tell me to turn to God, but what good will that do? — K.J.
It’s true that God has promised to take care of those who depend on him and trust him to provide for their needs. But God hasn’t promised that we’ll never be sick or have accidents. Nor does it mean we shouldn’t save money or use common sense to prepare for such things.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: My favorite song is the one that says, “I did it my way,” because that’s what I’ve always done. I’m even going to have it put on my tombstone. I’m sorry if it offends you, but I don’t need God or a bunch of religious fanatics telling me what to do. What’s wrong with that? — J.N.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: What is your definition of sin? I do some things that I know some people might call sinful, but I personally don’t consider them bad since they don’t harm anyone. But how do I know if God considers them sin? — K.S.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I believe in God because I don’t think it’s logical to think this universe just happened. But where does Jesus fit into the picture? I apologize for asking what’s probably a simple question, but I didn’t grow up in a church-going family. — H.R.
I’m from another country and am visiting some of my relatives here who are in graduate school. I asked them what your festival on July 4 means, but they were not sure. Does it have something to do with your Christian religion?
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I know God can do anything he wants to, which means that if he wanted to, he could even forgive me for all the bad things I’ve done. But I could never forgive myself. I know I’ve hurt a lot of people, and I feel so ashamed and guilty. Is there any hope for me? — L.W.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I’ve been asked to teach the junior high class in our church beginning this fall, but I’m really reluctant to do it. I don’t feel qualified, and anyway, that’s a hard age to deal with. Would it be wrong for me to turn down this request? — P.F.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I know you tell people to go to church, and I started going a few months ago hoping to find some new friends. But no one even speaks to me and I just feel like an outsider. Why should I bother? — L.M.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: My husband struggled with cancer for almost five years, and when he died a few months ago, I thought I was prepared for it. But I guess I wasn’t, because it’s really been painful. I know he’s in heaven, but why am I having such a hard time? Is something wrong with me? — M.K.