Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - BILLY GRA­HAM 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

DEAR REV. GRA­HAM: I don’t think there is any dif­fer­ence be­tween re­li­gion and su­per­sti­tion. To me “re­li­gion” is just an­other name for su­per­sti­tion, and it means be­liev­ing in things you can’t ever prove. I don’t want any­thing to do with re­li­gion.

— M.T. DEAR M.T.: As I read your email I couldn’t help but feel sorry for you — be­cause what you are re­ally say­ing is that you don’t want any­thing to do with God. In other words, you have closed your mind to the pos­si­bil­ity that God even ex­ists — and not only that He ex­ists, but that you can have a liv­ing re­la­tion­ship with Him.

Yes, you’re right, up to a point; su­per­sti­tion means be­liev­ing in things we can’t prove. It also means be­ing held cap­tive by fears and anx­i­eties that we can’t con­trol or do any­thing about. The Bible, how­ever, warns us not to give in to su­per­sti­tious habits or fears, but to put our trust in the liv­ing God.

You see, su­per­sti­tion and faith in the liv­ing God are not the same thing, in spite of what you say. In fact, they are ex­act op­po­sites. God is real — and the ev­i­dence for His ex­is­tence is all around us. We see it in the worlds He cre­ated — and most of all, we know it be­cause 2,000 years ago He came down to earth and walked among us in the per­son of Je­sus Christ.

Don’t let pride, or sin, or any­thing else keep you from God. In­stead, I chal­lenge you to look with an open heart and mind at Je­sus Christ, as He is found in the Gospels of the New Tes­ta­ment. He can change your life. The Bible says, “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is him­self God … has made him known” (John 1:18).

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