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Rev. Graham: People Can Find Solace in Faith After Horrific Shooting

(Fox News)

By    |   Tuesday, 07 November 2017 02:09 PM

People of faith can find solace following a tragedy such as the Texas church massacre, as God understands death and pain, the evangelist Rev. Franklin Graham said Tuesday while appearing on television to mark the 99th birthday of his father, the Rev. Billy Graham.

"God loves us," Graham told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" co-anchor Ainsley Earhardt. "We know that and the Bible tells us that God understands pain. He sent his son from heaven to this Earth to take our sins, and he died on a cross for our sins. God understands. He understands loss, he understands death, he understands pain."

The 26 people who were murdered as they worshiped Sunday in the First Baptist Church in Sunderland Springs, Texas, "every one of those people as he took his last breath there on the floor of that church, their next breath was in the presence of almighty God," Graham continued.

Earhardt said there are people asking why God would allow a shooting to occur in a place of worship, but Graham said he does not believe "God allows things like this to happen."

"We know that there is evil in the world," he said. "We know that there is a devil. And the Bible says that he is the god of this age at this time. And he's the one who wants to see death. He's the one who wants to see storms. He is the one who wants to see people's lives destroyed, and so I put the blame where it belongs. On his doorstep."

Graham appeared on the show after Earhardt came under some fire for comments she made about the shooting on Monday, when she commented that she was speaking with people at the network, and "we were saying there's no other place we would want to go other than church, because I'm there asking for forgiveness."

Meanwhile, Graham said his family and the ministry is looking at the "watershed marks" in his father's life as he celebrates his 99th birthday and enters his 100th year on earth.

"All year, we are going to be looking back at some of the watershed marks in his life, the people that he has touched," Graham said. "We're asking people if my father impacted their life, to go to BillyGraham.org and there's a place where you can tell your testimony. Tell what happened to your life. How you came to know Christ through my father's ministry."

The organization will try to catalog as many testimonies as it can of people's lives that were affected by the famed evangelist, said his son.

"He has known 13 presidents, and nobody in history has had that much political affiliation, 13 presidents, Democrats and Republicans," Graham said. "He also, Ainsley, he had a chance to speak to over 20 million people in person. No person in history has ever spoken to that many people face to face."

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People of faith can find solace following a tragedy such of the Texas church massacre, as God understands death and pain, evangelist Rev. Franklin Graham said Tuesday, while appearing on television to mark the 99th birthday of his father, the Rev. Billy Graham.
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