Don’t live in fear of disasters, but put your trust in God
by Billy Graham
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April 20, 2013 12:00 AM | 787 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Q: I've heard a lot lately about the possibility that some day the earth (or at least human life) will be destroyed by a large meteor or asteroid. This worries me, because apparently it's happened before and we don't have any way to prevent it. Is this how the world is going to end, according to the Bible? — J.J.

A: The Bible does tell us that someday this world will come to an end, but it won't happen because of a stray meteor or asteroid.

This doesn't mean a large meteor never could cause serious damage; after all, small ones (and occasionally larger ones) strike the earth every day, and are usually burned up in the atmosphere. Incidentally, where would we be if God hadn't provided the earth with its atmosphere as a protective shield?

But the Bible tells us that at the end of the present age, God won't only destroy the earth, but the whole universe will also be destroyed — and then re-created and made perfect. This present world is imperfect and riddled with sin and corruption and injustice, but some day God will change all that, and everything will be made new. The Bible says, "That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise, we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness" (2 Peter 3:12-13).

Don't live in fear of disasters that may or may not happen during your lifetime. Instead, put your faith and trust in God, for He holds the world and its future in His hands. Most of all, commit your life to Christ and learn to walk with Him every day. Jesus' promise is for you: "My peace I give you" (John 14:27).

Q: Will we just float around on a cloud when we get to heaven, and be kind of like ghosts or something? That doesn't sound very exciting to me, to be honest. — D. McF.

A: No, that image you see in cartoons of someone floating around on a cloud and strumming a harp simply isn't true. Nor is it true that we'll be purely spiritual creatures in heaven with no physical substance, somewhat like ghosts.

The Bible doesn't answer all our questions about heaven and what it will be like, but it does tell us two important truths (among others). First, it tells us that we will be given new bodies in heaven — bodies that will be similar to our bodies right now, but without the limitations and diseases that currently plague us. In fact, the Bible says our new bodies will be like the resurrected body of Jesus. We can barely imagine this — but it's true! The Bible says, "Just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven (Jesus)" (1 Corinthians 15:49).

Second, the Bible tells us that we'll have work to do in heaven, because we'll be serving God and doing His will. Unlike here, however, we won't become weary, nor will we become ill or injured. We won't be bored in heaven! The Bible says, "No longer will there be any curse.... And his servants will serve him" (Revelation 22:3).

The real question, however, is this: Are you certain that you will be going there? Sin cuts us off from God, — both now and in eternity. But Christ died to take away our sins. Make sure of your salvation by putting your faith and trust in Christ and committing your life to Him without delay.

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 www.billygraham.org.
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