Subscribe Register Login

Monday, September 22, 2014, 7:17 a.m.
Top Picks - Mobile App

ON CHRISTIANITY

By BILLY GRAHAM

This article was published February 26, 2014 at 2:38 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: This past Christmas, I got to thinking about what might have happened to Jesus while He was growing up. Does the Bible tell us? I’ve seen articles saying He went to places like Tibet or India to learn about philosophy and religion. Is there any truth to this?

  • D.G.

DEAR D.G.: Not a word in the Bible gives any support for such stories, nor do any later works from the early centuries of Christianity. Articles like those you read may sell magazines to people standing in the supermarket checkout line, but they have no historical basis.

The Bible doesn’t give us many details about Jesus’ early life because its purpose is to tell us about his public ministry, including his death and resurrection. It seems clear, however, that Jesus spent most of his life in the little town of Nazareth, working in his father’s carpentry shop (although Joseph wasn’t actually his father, since Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary). “Isn’t this the carpenter?” some of his enemies said scornfully (Mark 6:3).

But Jesus was more than a carpenter. Jesus (the Bible tells us) was God in human flesh - fully man, but also fully God. And that’s why he didn’t need to sort through the world’s philosophies to decide what he’d believe. He was the embodiment of all truth. The Bible says that in him “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3).

Why is this important? It means that Jesus is worthy of your faith. More than that, it means he is worthy of your commitment now and for all eternity. Don’t choose the wrong road, but give your life to Jesus, who alone is “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6).

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

Food, Pages 32 on 02/26/2014

Print Headline: ON CHRISTIANITY

Comments on: ON CHRISTIANITY

To report abuse or misuse of this area please hit the "Suggest Removal" link in the comment to alert our online managers. Read our Terms of Use policy.

Subscribe Register Login

You must login to make comments.

TOP JOBS

  • Project specialist

    University of Arkansas at Pine BluffProject/Program Speciali...
    PINE BLUFF, AR

  • Development associat

    development associate for Non-Profit. Must be proficient in ...
    LITTLE ROCK, AR

  • Jail administrator

    The Carroll County Sheriffs Dept in Berryville, AR is curren...
    BERRYVILLE, AR

  • Mlt

    memorial hospital Stilwell, OK We have recently added more P...
    STILWELL, Ok

  • Clerical

    Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling hiring for: PT pos...
    LITTLE ROCK, AR

Search 970 jobs >

Top Picks - Mobile App
Arkansas Online