DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I used to believe that if we just worked hard enough and tried to understand each other, we’d make the world a peaceful place, but I’m not so sure anymore. Does the Bible give us any hope for a better world? — D.N.
DEAR D.N.: Yes, the Bible does promise us a better world when Jesus Christ comes again to establish his rule. In that day, all evil will be destroyed, and we will live in perfect justice and harmony. Even nature itself will be at peace: “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat” (Isaiah 11:6).
We can barely imagine what this will be like, because right now so much is wrong with the world. As soon as one problem gets solved, another crops up that often threatens to be even more dangerous. Yes, we have made great strides in technology and medical science, and we should be grateful for this. But how often have we turned something that could be good into something evil? In spite of our educational and scientific advances, wars and conflicts continue to ravage the world.
Nor will this change, no matter how hard we try. What’s the problem? The problem, the Bible says, is within each one of us, within our own hearts and minds. Jesus said, “For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come — sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly” (Mark 7:21-22).
Only God can change our hearts, and he made this possible by sending Jesus Christ into the world to forgive us and transform us. He alone is our hope, for He alone has the power to remake us from within. Have you committed your life to him?
Write “My Answer,” Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; or go to BilyGraham.org.
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