DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I thought I could find God by studying the major religions, but I’ve only ended up confused. You’ll probably tell me to look at Christianity, but I’ve never tried because there are so many different churches. Maybe God can’t be found. Can you help? — N.S.
DEAR N.S.: Let me assure you not only that God can be found, but he very much wants to be found. When the Apostle Paul spoke to the philosophers in Athens, he pointed out how God had blessed the human race, and then added, “God did this so that they would seek him” (Acts 17:27).
I can understand why you might be confused by all the different churches and groups within Christendom. But don’t let that stop you from investigating the claims of Jesus. This is why I invite you to read the story of Jesus for yourself, as it’s found in the first four books of the New Testament. Tell God honestly that you don’t even know if he exists or if he cares about you, but if he does, you want him to prove it as you read about Jesus.
Why is Jesus so important? He wasn’t just another religious teacher or philosopher; he claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh. Furthermore, he claimed that by his death our sins (which separate us from God) could be forgiven and cleansed, and because of his resurrection, death’s power over us could be destroyed.
God has put within you a deep desire to know him. My prayer is that you will respond by turning to Christ and opening your life to his transforming power. When you do, you’ll discover that Jesus’ words are true: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
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