The entire human race is infected with sin

Published 9:10 am Monday, September 12, 2022

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Dear Rev. Graham: World leaders have failed to bring peace. How can bad people lead the world out of bad behavior? — H.D.

Dear H.D.: A sense of doom has settled upon the hearts of people today. No matter where they travel, there’s a specter of hopelessness. It’s seen boldly in the headlines. It’s in the deep lines that furrow troubled brows. It’s sensed in humanity’s futile search for fulfillment. It’s prevalent in the purposelessness of living. The very atmosphere seems impregnated with a stifling hopelessness that’s robbed millions of the zest for living.
The world’s specialists may employ all the diplomacy and skill at their command, but at best, they reach only symptoms, failing to diagnose the cause of humanity’s disease. What mysterious drive keeps world powers at each other’s throats? Why is there so much intolerance? Why do world leaders gamble with the lives of millions and keep the world dangling on the precipice of war? What diabolical force drives people to crime, lust, and unbridled living? What power is it that breaks up homes? What is it that causes people to pour their futures out of a bottle and trade all that others hold dear for a few sparkling drops from the vine?
Such dilemmas cause many psychiatrists to say, “It’s difficult to offer a cure.” The Bible says that the human heart is desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). Human nature behaves in evil ways because of sin. But the Bible provides a cure. It’s found in someone called Jesus and the remedy is His Gospel, which is Good News!
Many object to the word sin. It’s not a pleasant word, but neither are the words cancer or death. But the entire human race is infected with sin and every trace of it can be removed. The cross of Christ is the bridge over which all must pass in order to stand with Jesus for eternity in Heaven.
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(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)

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