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This article was published April 17, 2013 at 2:54 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My parents were active in church and all that, but even as a child I knew it didn’t make any difference in the way they lived. Shouldn’t believing in God make someone a better person? I have lots of friends who aren’t religious but they’re still good people. Why should I bother to believe, if it doesn’t make any difference?

  • H.N.

DEAR H.N.: I’m sorry your parents weren’t a good example of what it means to have a living faith - but I hope you won’t let their failures keep you from seeking God, for He is far greater than this.

You’re right about one thing, however: If we truly believe in God, it should make a difference in the way we live. In fact, if we claim to believe in God but it doesn’t affect the way we live, then our faith isn’t real. The Bible says, “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? … Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:14,17).

Don’t turn away from God just because of the bad example of your parents - or anyone else. Instead, turn to Jesus Christ as He is revealed in the pages of the New Testament, and discover who He is and what He can do in your life. When you do, you’ll discover that God loves you and wants you to become part of His family - and once that truth takes root in your soul, you’ll never be the same.

In other words, look at Christ, not at the failures of others. He alone is worthy of our faith and trust, and He alone can forgive our sins and change our lives. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).

Write to Billy Graham in care of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C. 28201 or visit the website at

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