Answers

Read thoughtful responses to a wide assortment of questions from Billy Graham’s My Answer column and other resources.

Our son came home from college and doesn’t believe in God anymore. What should we do?

We're in shock because our son came home from college for Thanksgiving and announced he didn't believe in God anymore. He even refused to go to church with us. Where did we go wrong? What can we do?

How do I avoid temptations at school?

By the time you get this I'll be in college, and I'm nervous about school. It'll be my first time away from home, and I know I'll face lots of temptations. I'm not sure I'm strong enough to resist them. I guess I've lived kind of a sheltered life. What if I can't handle the pressures at school? Pray for me.

Am I making a mistake going to a large public school where Christianity is ridiculed?

I'm headed for college shortly, and I can't help but worry about the pressures I'll face as a Christian. It's a large state university, and from what my friends tell me it's not a very easy place to be a Christian. Am I making a mistake going there?

What should I do when teachers or peers attack my faith?

It took me about two minutes to discover that my college roommate isn't only an atheist, but he's also very aggressive about it. Should I move out and find a roommate who won't constantly make fun of my faith in Jesus?

When should I start talking to my child about God?

Our 4-year-old keeps asking me questions about God, and I don't know what to tell him. I've tried to put him off by saying that he's too young to understand things like this, but that doesn't satisfy him. What should we do?

How can I be an example of Christ for my family?

We're having a big family reunion this summer, and I admit my husband and I are kind of nervous because most of our relatives aren't religious. We don't want to come across as self-righteous killjoys, but I guess we ought to take a stand somehow for Jesus. Should we just not go?

The perfect role model

I've become very disillusioned recently because it seems like almost everyone I've looked up to has turned out to be two-faced or corrupt—celebrities, sports figures, politicians, you name it. Can anyone be trusted today?

Does Prayer Really Change Anything?

Does prayer really change anything? I've wondered about this, because if God really wants to do something, He'll go ahead and do it anyway, won't He? He's not going to wait until I get around to praying about it.

Does it Do Any Good to Pray for Politicians?

Does it honestly do any good to pray for our politicians and other world leaders? Our pastor does it every week, but I can't see that it does any good. The world is just as bad as it ever was.

Why Pray if God Might Say No?

I know you've said that God sometimes answers our prayers with a "no"—but if that's the case, then why bother to pray?

Praying for Decisions

A friend of mine always prays when she's facing a decision, even a very small one. I guess that's OK, but didn't God give us the ability to think things through on our own? Why spend time praying about something, if it's already obvious what we ought to do?

Right Way to Pray

I grew up thinking that the only prayers I was supposed to say were ones I'd memorized as a child. Now I'm afraid to pray in my own words, for fear I'll say something wrong and God will be offended. Am I right to feel this way?