DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Was Jesus really dead when they took him down from the cross? I have a hard time believing that because everyone knows that dead people just don’t come back to life — which is what you Christians claim Jesus did, don’t you? — C.T.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Why is the day on which Jesus died called “Good Friday”? I don’t see anything good about it, to be honest. — J.W.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Why did Judas betray Jesus? Its never made sense to me, because for years hed been close to Jesus, hearing his teachings and seeing his miracles. And anyway, why did the authorities even need to find someone to betray Jesus? D.M.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Out of curiosity, I read through one of the Gospels recently, and I was puzzled why some people opposed Jesus and even wanted to kill him. It seems to me that they should have welcomed him. P.R.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Did Jesus know in advance that he was going to be put to death? If so, why didnt he just back away or try to escape? N.H.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Why didnt Jesus take advantage of his popularity and allow the people to proclaim him their king? With such strong support he could have done a lot of good, it seems to me. K.C.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: My wife gets after me because she says I spend too much time at the gym. I admit I do go there every day for several hours or so after work, but God wants us to take care of our bodies, doesnt he? M.J.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I have a friend who doesnt bother with God or church most of the year, but as Easter approaches she suddenly gets religious goes to church, observes Lent and so forth. Do you think shes a real Christian, or is it all fake? V.G.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I dont mean to offend you, but Ive tried to read the Bible and found it kind of dull. And yet some of my friends find it exciting. Whats wrong? Why dont I get anything out of it? P.D.
A couple of friends talked me into something I knew was wrong, and now were in jail and facing trial. Pray Ill get out of this somehow.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Im facing a big decision about my future, and I dont know which way to go. Does God care what I do? Or does it not really matter to him? N.D.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: We just dont understand our two daughters. Theyre teenagers now, and one day theyll be happy and carefree, and the next day theyll be sullen and moody and will hardly speak to us. Whats going on? G.W.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Do you think we’ll ever do away with poverty? I heard someone say we could do it if we just tried hard enough, but didn’t Jesus say somewhere that there would always be poor people? I can’t imagine living the way millions do in some parts of the world. — V.M.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Our church has started a big building campaign, but I’m not sure I’m in favor of it. After all, the early Christians didn’t have fancy buildings. They just met in their houses, from what I’ve heard. Am I wrong to feel this way? — R.N.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: How can I be a good mother-in-law? Our son got married a few months ago and they live fairly near us. It’s hard for me not to call them every day, but I don’t want to be an interfering mother-in-law. How can I avoid this but still let them know I care? — R.J.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Recently, my high school newspaper asked a number of students who they wanted to be like. Almost without exception they named famous musicians, athletes or other celebrities. Why are we so absorbed with celebrities today? Or have we always been? I would have named Jesus if they’d asked me. — M.M.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I get very upset at people who claim they have all the answers to life because they supposedly know God. To me, that’s arrogant. And anyway, what right do they have to tell me how to live? I don’t tell them how to run their lives. — K.C.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I’ve heard that the Bible teaches it’s not right to be angry, but when people get under your skin, you can’t just bury your anger, can you? — J.F.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: As a pastor, I’ve always thought I had to do everything people wanted me to do. But lately I’ve gotten so tired that some days I have to force myself to even get out of bed. I’ve heard about people in business getting burned out, but can it happen to someone who’s supposed to be serving God? — Rev. K.S.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Why do some parents insist on bringing their young children to church? Even if the kids are well-behaved, they don’t pay attention or get anything out of the service, and they just bother those of us sitting near them. — M.C.