A: It’s true that our nation has been deeply influenced by Christianity; many of our original settlers came here so they could practice their faith freely, and many of our laws reflect our Judeo-Christian heritage.
But unlike some countries, people in America are free to practice any religion, or no religion at all. Most people today would still claim to be Christians, but in reality many of them (like your fellow workers) don’t take it seriously. Unfortunately, when God or the Bible aren’t taken seriously, this leads inevitably to moral chaos, as we see all around us today.
I sense that in your heart you wonder if God is real, and I want to assure you that He is! More than that, God loves you and wants you to come to know Him as your friend. The proof is that slightly over 2,000 years ago He came down from heaven in the person of Jesus Christ.
Do you want to know what God is like? Ask your local bookstore for a modern version of the Bible, and begin reading about Jesus in the section called the New Testament. (I recommend starting with the Gospel of John.) In addition, you can find information on our website to help you (billygraham.org). Jesus’ promise is for you: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).
Q: I’ve always assumed I’d go to heaven when I died, but I had some serious heart problems recently and now I’m wondering if I’m right. I’ve always gone to church and tried to be a good person, but now I’m not sure if I’ve been good enough. How can I know? — P.L.
A: I know my answer may shock you, but you’ll never be good enough to go to heaven on your own. If we depend on our goodness to get us to heaven, then we’re doomed, because we can never be good enough.
Let me explain. One of my favorite definitions of heaven is that it’s the place where God is. In other words, in heaven we’ll be in God’s presence forever, free from all worries, fears, illness and evil. The problem, however, is that God is absolutely holy and perfect, and even one sin — just one — would be enough to keep us from His presence. The Bible says of God, “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing” (Habakkuk 1:13). Even the best person who has ever lived won’t be able to stand before God, because His standard is perfection.
But there is one exception, and that is Jesus Christ. He alone was without sin, for He was fully God (as well as fully man). But on the cross all our sins were transferred to Him, and He took upon Himself the judgment we deserve. Now He offers us salvation as a free gift — free, because He has already paid for it.
By a simple act of faith turn to Jesus and trust Him alone for your salvation. Don’t trust yourself; trust Christ! Then thank God every day that you now belong to Him and someday you’ll go to be with Him forever.
Send your queries to “My Answer,” c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 1-(877) 2-GRAHAM, or visit www.billygraham.org.