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  • As a clergyman,

  • you can imagine how

  • out of place I feel.

  • I feel like a fish out of water,

  • or maybe an owl out of the air.

  • (Laughter)

  • I was preaching in San Jose some time ago,

  • and my friend Mark Kvamme,

  • who helped introduce me

  • to this conference,

  • brought several CEOs

  • and leaders

  • of some of the companies here in the Silicon Valley

  • to have breakfast with me, or I with them.

  • And I was so stimulated.

  • And had such -- it was an

  • eye-opening experience

  • to hear them talk about

  • the world that is yet to come

  • through technology

  • and science.

  • I know that we're near the end of this conference,

  • and some of you may be wondering

  • why they have a speaker

  • from the field of religion.

  • Richard can answer that,

  • because he made that decision.

  • But some years ago I was on an elevator in Philadelphia,

  • coming down.

  • I was to address a conference

  • at a hotel.

  • And on that elevator a man said,

  • "I hear Billy Graham is staying in this hotel."

  • And another man looked in my direction and said,

  • "Yes, there he is. He's on this elevator with us."

  • And this man looked me up and down

  • for about 10 seconds,

  • and he said, "My, what an anticlimax!"

  • (Laughter)

  • I hope

  • that you won't feel that these few moments with me

  • is not a -- is an anticlimax,

  • after all these tremendous

  • talks that you've heard,

  • and addresses, which I intend to listen to every one of them.

  • But I was

  • on an airplane in the east some years ago,

  • and the man sitting across the aisle from me

  • was the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • His name was John Belk. Some of you will probably know him.

  • And there was a drunk man on there,

  • and he got up out of his seat two or three times,

  • and he was making everybody upset

  • by what he was trying to do.

  • And he was slapping the stewardess

  • and pinching her as she went by,

  • and everybody was upset with him.

  • And finally, John Belk said,

  • "Do you know who's sitting here?"

  • And the man said, "No, who?"

  • He said, "It's Billy Graham,

  • the preacher."

  • He said, "You don't say!"

  • And he turned to me, and he said, "Put her there!"

  • He said, "Your sermons have certainly helped me."

  • (Laughter)

  • And I suppose that that's true

  • with thousands of people.

  • (Laughter)

  • I know that as you have been peering into the future,

  • and as we've heard some of it here tonight,

  • I would like to live in that age

  • and see what is going to be.

  • But I won't,

  • because I'm 80 years old. This is my eightieth year,

  • and I know that my time is brief.

  • I have phlebitis at the moment, in both legs,

  • and that's the reason that I had to have a little help in getting up here,

  • because I have Parkinson's disease

  • in addition to that,

  • and some other problems that I won't talk about.

  • (Laughter)

  • But this is not the first time

  • that we've had a technological revolution.

  • We've had others.

  • And there's one that I want to talk about.

  • In one generation,

  • the nation of the people of Israel

  • had a tremendous and dramatic change

  • that made them a great power in the Near East.

  • A man by the name of David

  • came to the throne,

  • and King David became one of the great leaders

  • of his generation.

  • He was a man of tremendous leadership.

  • He had the favor of God with him.

  • He was a brilliant poet,

  • philosopher, writer, soldier --

  • with strategies in battle and conflict

  • that people study even today.

  • But about two centuries before David,

  • the Hittites

  • had discovered the secret

  • of smelting and processing of iron,

  • and, slowly, that skill spread.

  • But they wouldn't allow the Israelis

  • to look into it, or to have any.

  • But David changed all of that,

  • and he introduced the Iron Age

  • to Israel.

  • And the Bible says that David laid up great stores of iron,

  • and which archaeologists have found,

  • that in present-day Palestine,

  • there are evidences of that generation.

  • Now, instead of crude tools

  • made of sticks and stones,

  • Israel now had iron plows,

  • and sickles, and hoes

  • and military weapons.

  • And in the course of one generation,

  • Israel was completely changed.

  • The introduction of iron, in some ways,

  • had an impact

  • a little bit like the microchip

  • has had on our generation.

  • And

  • David found

  • that there were many problems that technology could not solve.

  • There were many problems still left.

  • And they're still with us, and you haven't solved them,

  • and I haven't heard anybody here speak to that.

  • How do we solve these three problems

  • that I'd like to mention?

  • The first one that David saw

  • was human evil.

  • Where does it come from?

  • How do we solve it?

  • Over again and again

  • in the Psalms,

  • which Gladstone said was the greatest book in the world,

  • David describes the evils of the human race.

  • And yet he says,

  • "He restores my soul."

  • Have you ever thought about what a contradiction we are?

  • On one hand, we can probe the deepest secrets of the universe

  • and dramatically push back the frontiers of technology,

  • as this conference vividly demonstrates.

  • We've seen under the sea,

  • three miles down,

  • or galaxies hundreds of billions of years

  • out in the future.

  • But on the other hand,

  • something is wrong.

  • Our battleships,

  • our soldiers,

  • are on a frontier now,

  • almost ready to go to war

  • with Iraq.

  • Now, what causes this?

  • Why do we have these wars in every generation,

  • and in every part of the world?

  • And revolutions?

  • We can't get along with other people,

  • even in our own families.

  • We find ourselves in the paralyzing grip

  • of self-destructive habits we can't break.

  • Racism and injustice and violence sweep our world,

  • bringing a tragic harvest of heartache and death.

  • Even the most sophisticated among us

  • seem powerless to break this cycle.

  • I would like to see Oracle

  • take up that,

  • or

  • some other

  • technological geniuses work on this.

  • How do we change man,

  • so that he doesn't lie and cheat,

  • and our newspapers are not filled with stories

  • of fraud in business or labor

  • or athletics or wherever?

  • The Bible says the problem is within us,

  • within our hearts and our souls.

  • Our problem is that we are separated

  • from our Creator,

  • which we call God,

  • and we need to have our souls restored,

  • something only God can do.

  • Jesus said, "For out of the heart

  • come evil thoughts:

  • murders, sexual immorality,

  • theft, false testimonies,

  • slander."

  • The British philosopher Bertrand Russell

  • was not a religious man,

  • but he said, "It's in our hearts that the evil lies,

  • and it's from our hearts

  • that it must be plucked out."

  • Albert Einstein --

  • I was just talking to someone, when I was speaking at Princeton,

  • and I met

  • Mr. Einstein.

  • He didn't have a doctor's degree, because he said

  • nobody was qualified to give him one.

  • (Laughter)

  • But he made this statement.

  • He said, "It's easier to denature plutonium

  • than to denature the evil spirit of man."

  • And many of you, I'm sure,

  • have thought about that

  • and puzzled over it.

  • You've seen people

  • take beneficial technological advances,

  • such as the Internet we've heard about tonight,

  • and twist them into something corrupting.

  • You've seen brilliant people devise computer viruses

  • that bring down whole systems.

  • The Oklahoma City bombing was simple technology,

  • horribly used.

  • The problem is not technology.

  • The problem is the person or persons using it.

  • King David said

  • that he knew the depths of his own soul.

  • He couldn't free himself from personal problems

  • and personal evils

  • that included murder and adultery.

  • Yet King David sought God's forgiveness,

  • and said, "You can restore my soul."

  • You see, the Bible teaches

  • that we're more than a body and a mind.

  • We are a soul.

  • And there's something inside of us

  • that is beyond our understanding.

  • That's the part of us that yearns

  • for God, or something more

  • than we find in technology.

  • Your soul is that part of you that

  • yearns for meaning in life,

  • and which seeks for something beyond this life.

  • It's the part of you that yearns, really, for God.

  • I find [that] young people all over the world

  • are searching for something.

  • They don't know what it is. I speak at many universities,

  • and I have many questions and answer periods, and

  • whether it's Cambridge, or Harvard,

  • or Oxford --

  • I've spoken at all of those universities.

  • I'm going to Harvard in about three or four --

  • no, it's about two months from now --

  • to give a lecture.

  • And I'll be asked the same questions that I was asked

  • the last few times I've been there.

  • And it'll be on

  • these questions:

  • where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going?

  • What's life all about? Why am I here?

  • Even if you have no religious belief,

  • there are times when you wonder that there's something else.

  • Thomas Edison also said,

  • "When you see everything that happens in the world of science,

  • and in the working of the universe,

  • you cannot deny that there's a captain on the bridge."

  • I remember once,

  • I sat beside Mrs. Gorbachev

  • at a White House dinner.

  • I went to Ambassador Dobrynin, whom I knew very well.