DEAR DR. GRAHAM: Do you find the older people get the more serious they become about religion and God - even if they have never been religious before?

It would seem people would turn to God when they grow older, but I have noticed in our church we rarely receive older people as new members, except when they are transferring from another church. - J.H.DEAR J.H.: Tragically, if a person has never allowed God to have a place in their life, they tend to stay that way as they grow older.

There are exceptions, of course, and it is thrilling to see an older person come to Christ - even on their deathbed.

But, by and large, most people who become Christians do so during the first 20 or 30 years of their lives. In our recent crusades we have seen a very large response by those below the age of 25.

Why do people who have not had anything to do with God seldom change as the years go by - in spite of the fact that death is approaching and they are unprepared for eternity?

A major reason is because the more you turn away from God, the more hardened you become to his call.

Have you ever gotten blisters working in your garden? Probably. But if you kept on working for the whole summer, your hands became calloused and hardened. And that's the way it is with the human heart.

It's dangerous to turn our backs on God, saying that someday we will turn to him. That day seldom comes.

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