A Morning with Ravi Zacharias

We spent our Sunday at home recuperating after a weekend of sick kiddos. As often is the case, it was a blessing in disguise. We spent some quality time as a family focused on what a day of rest really means. We decided to watch a Shadow Mountain church service online and I was excited to see that Ravi Zacharias had recently given a sermon entitled "Who is God". You can see the service here, the message starts at minute 32.

Ravi Zacharias is lumped with C.S. Lewis, and William Wilberforce, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer as someone I admire, love to read, and would have been honored to meet. One of my heroes.

His quote at the top of this page rings so true and is why I love listening to his debates and messages, and reading his books. I just finished "The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha" and "Sense and Sensuality: Jesus Talks to Oscar Wilde on the Pursuit of Pleasure". Both were quick yet fascinating reads. Having been born and raised in India he understands the Eastern mindset and is able to clearly relate our beliefs into their terms.

Here is an excerpt from his blog:

"There is an immense difference between a worldview that is not able to answer every question to complete satisfaction and one whose answers are consistently contradictory. There is an even greater difference between answers that contain paradoxes and those that are systemically irreconcilable.

Once again, the Christian faith stands out as unique in this test, both as a system of thought and in the answers it gives. Christianity does not promise that you will have every question fully answered to your satisfaction before you die, but the answers it gives are consistently consistent. There may be paradoxes within Christian teaching and belief, but they are not irreconcilable." http://ow.ly/yz1Er

and a few of his quotes:
"All pleasure comes with a price. With true pleasure, you pay the price before. With false pleasure, you pay the price after."

"Is life to be defined by what I pursue — or must my pursuit be defined by what life was meant to be? If the primary goal of life is a closer walk with GOD — then even the good is sometimes set aside in favor of the best. If a person does not understand that the purpose of life defines lifestyle, then the lifestyle itself is hollow and the life is squandered."

"Before you look at the exclusivity of Christianity, you must first look at the invitation of the cross." 

I was interested to read that Ravi addressed UPenn's students and faculty earlier this year on the topic "Is Truth Real? A Conversation on Science, Ethics, and Philosophy".  Not surprisingly there was significant resistance and opposition to his visit. This is worth the watch!

What a powerful mind blessed by God!

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