Q: How do you know God is real? My psychology professor at college last year said that the idea of "God" was just something human beings dreamed up, and people believe in God because they're afraid of being alone in the universe. How do I know she's not right? - N.T.
A: Did it ever occur to you that her argument would be just as valid if you reversed it? In other words, isn't it just as logical to say that some people don't believe in God because they want to be alone in the universe? Then they'd be free to live any way they wanted to, with no moral restraints. Think about it carefully - because it's true.
How do I know God is real? One reason is because of the wonders we see around us. From the most distant galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles, the universe exhibits amazing order and complexity. It's far more logical to conclude that God created it all than to claim it happened by chance. Many centuries before telescopes and microscopes were invented, the Psalmist exclaimed, "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands" (Psalm 19:1).
But I know God is real for an even greater reason: Over 20 centuries ago, God came down from heaven and walked among us. God became a man! Do you want to know what God is like? Look at Jesus Christ, who showed God's love for us by dying for us. He then proved He was divine by rising from the dead.
I invite you to look at Jesus Christ for yourself, as He is found in the pages of the New Testament. Not only will you conclude that God exists, but that Christ can change your life.
Affectionately known as the "World's Preacher" for more than 60 years, the Rev. Billy Graham is one of the most influential and respected spiritual leaders of the 20th century. He has been a friend and spiritual advisor to ten American presidents and has preached the Gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history - nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories - through various meetings. Hundreds of millions more have been reached through television, video, film, and webcasts. 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 the Web site for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association: www.billygraham.org.