Belief in God is empty if you don’t follow him
by Billy Graham
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Q: According to the polls I've seen, most people today still say they believe in God. But if that's true, why do we have so much crime and addiction and so forth? God doesn't seem to make much of a difference, does He? — W.L.

A: You're right; polls today certainly indicate that most people still believe in God. And yet you're also right when you say that God doesn't seem to make much of a difference in the way they live (at least for many of them). Why is this?

Let me answer by asking another question: Whose fault is this? Is it God's fault, or is it ours? I think you know the answer. You see, it's entirely possible to believe in God, and yet not take Him seriously. It's somewhat like being sick, and having the doctor prescribe something that will cure our illness. We can get the prescription filled... we can believe it will cure us... but if we put it in the medicine cabinet and never take it, it won't do us any good.

The same is true with God. We may believe in Him... we may even believe He can help us, but if we ignore Him and leave Him out of our lives, nothing will change. Instead of following Him, we'll act almost as if He didn't exist. The Bible says, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that” (James 2:19).

Don't let this be true of you. Don't just believe in God, but put your belief into action, by committing your life to Jesus Christ. Then make it your goal to live for Him every day. As the Bible says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:22).

Q: I know people say God's way is best for us, but I don't believe it. I think I'm the only one who knows what's best for me — not some vague, distant spirit who doesn't care what happens to us. Why bother with God? — Z.D.

A: If God were only "some vague, distant spirit who doesn't care what happens to us," then I'd agree with you; it wouldn't make sense to bother with Him.

But God isn't like this! God is more real than the hands you used to write your e-mail to me; He is more concerned about you and your future than you are. God made you, and He knows all about you. But most of all, God loves you, and He deeply cares what happens to you. No wonder the Psalmist exclaimed, "Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there" (Psalm 139:7-8).

How do I know God cares for us? One reason is because of the way He provides for our needs. But most of all, I know it because of Jesus Christ. He was God in human flesh, and He came down from heaven for one reason: to make it possible for our sins to be forgiven so we could go to heaven when we die. The Bible says, "This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins" (1 John 4:10).

What is keeping you from giving your life to Christ? Is it pride, or some sin you don't want to give up? Don't let anything keep you from Christ, but give your life to Him today.

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
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