Christian evangelist Billy Graham has a syndicated column that goes out under his name (though I doubt he writes it given his age/health).
In the latest one, a reader asked him a pretty good question:
What was God doing before He created the world? I had an atheist friend ask me this a few days ago, and I didn’t know what to say. — Z.N.
Great question! Let’s see how Graham answers it! It should be one hell of an answer since he’d be making it all up, anyway…
… one of the hardest things for us to understand about God is that He is timeless and infinite, and He doesn’t look on time the same way we do.
What do I mean by this? When you and I think of time, we think of hours, and days, and years — but God isn’t limited by those measures. We also think of things as having a beginning and end — but God isn’t limited in this way. In other words, we are finite and limited — but God is infinite and unlimited. Before time ever existed, God always was.
Umm… so what was God doing before creating the world?
God has always existed and always will. And even before He created the world, He was already planning for our salvation through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Right, right… Jesus, salvation… but what was he doing? Creating a blueprint? Making an outline for world history? Hanging out with Mrs. God? Sitting there twiddling his thumbs?
Christ’s death and resurrection were not accidents; God planned them from all eternity. God loves you that much!
I DON’T CARE! JUST TELL ME HOW GOD SPENT HIS TIME!
Pray for your atheist friend. His question may not have been sincere; he simply may have wanted to put you on the spot. But God still loves him, and some day — through your prayers — he may realize how empty his life is without God, and will discover the joy of knowing Christ.
You know, Graham(‘s minions) could have been honest and said, “I have no idea.”
Instead, he evaded a tough question and used it as an opportunity to trash the person raising it in the first place.
Maybe we should thank Billy Graham for participating in that age-old tradition of pastors everywhere: Creating new atheists because of their inability to admit that their faith doesn’t have all the answers.
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