Learn How To Do Apologetics in the Twenty-First Century with Ravi Zacharias

Learn How To Do Apologetics in the Twenty-First Century with Ravi Zacharias


– Thank you, and it’s great to be here. I was saying earlier
that Rick happens to be in the city of Hyderabad. Which is the first city in which
I preached my first sermon. I was 19 years old at that time. It was a youth preacher contest and so it happens he’s in my
homeland, I’m in his homeland, and I was mentioning also that it’s because I got first choice, and I’ll explain that to
you, what I mean by that. You know, the story is told of an Indian who is on a flight and
happened to be sitting next to Albert Einstein, and so Einstein said Tamil,
this is a long flight. Let’s play a game as we are flying. He said to the Indian
young man next to him, I’ll ask you a question
and if you can’t answer it you pay me $50. The guy said, this is
ridiculous, you’re Einstein. He said, no, no, no. Then you ask me a question
and if I can’t answer it I’ll pay you $500. So it’s a 10 to one ratio. So the Indian figured
out he could probably ask at least one question that
Einstein couldn’t answer so the game began. So he said to Albert
Einstein, you go first. So Einstein says to him, how
far is the moon from the Earth? And the Indian said, you know what we’re a land of engineers and scientists, I should know the answer to that, but I can’t give you the exact
answer, so here’s $50 to you. So Einstein said, now it’s your turn. So the Indian said to Einstein, what goes up the mountain with three legs, and comes down with four legs? And Einstein start to scratch his head, do all the algorithms
that he could think of, and finally he said, you know what, I don’t know the answer,
here’s $500 for you. So he looked at the Indian and said, before I ask you my next
question, what is the answer? What does go up the
mountain with three legs and come down with four legs? And the Indian went in his
pocket and he gave him $50. (laughing) And so Rick, whatever you do, don’t get into a Q and A time in India, because you may come back with your wallet a little lighter than when you left. It’s one of those countries where they can wear you out with
exhaustion with question, after question, after question. We’re a questioning culture. Years ago I was flying
in from Thailand, Bangkok to New York, New Jersey, and
it’s an exhausting flight. Those long long 14 hour stretches. You’re just one out. So I got off the plane and
was heading to the gate where I was to catch my
connecting flight to Atlanta, and as I went to the
gate, I saw a lady sitting in the corner. I looked at the marque
and the marque showed a different city to what
I was heading to, Atlanta. So I said, “Mam, is this going to Atlanta, “or is this going to where
the marque says it is?” She said, “Oh it is going to Atlanta.” I said, “That’s good.” So I went over to get a cup of coffee, and I heard the patter of feet behind me, and a tap on the shoulder. She said, “Excuse me,
are you Ravi Zacharias?” I said, “Yeah, I’m Ravi Zacharias.” She said, “That is amazing,
absolutely amazing. “I didn’t know you had questions as well.” (laughing) You know I can’t even
make up such a story. I thought to myself, do they really think you don’t have questions? From the time you tottle
around you have question, after question, after question. I have four grandchildren,
the oldest is five. I am amazed at the questions
he actually does ask. One day we’re sitting around the table and he was just staring
at me and then he says, “Papa, what is the meaning of sophomoric?” Boy’s five, well he was
actually much younger than that, and I sounded sophomoric
trying to give him a definition of what sophomoric is all about, and they get deeper, and deeper,
and deeper into questions. The amazing thing in our time is not just that we ask questions,
but we have no answers for even the most basic questions of life. All of our definitions have gone. We no longer know how to define the most basic issues of life. I’ll ask an average university student, what does it mean to be human? Chances are you will get a
dramatically different answer depending on which school you’re at or which student is
answering the question. The story is told of these two Aussie’s who had just gotten off a boat and had wanted to go out to
one of the pubs in London, and they went into that
pub, drank themselves with liquid refreshment into the
early hours of the morning, and as they came out into
the dense London fog, they’re wobbling on their feet, and they see a man coming
in, unknown to them, he’s a highly decorated
English naval officer, and so one of them looks at him and says, “Saya mate, can you tell us where we are?” And the officer, rather offended, pointed at his metals and said,
“Do you men know who I am?” At which point one
Aussie said to the other, “We are really in trouble now. “We don’t know where we are
and he doesn’t know who he is.” (laughing) It’s a fact, we really
don’t know who we are. I just finished writing
a book, coauthored it with my colleague Vince Vitally. My chapters are dealing with
humanism, and relativism, and all these other isms that
Evee Hill would have said should be wasims. We’re dealing with those
isms and I just went across the huge amount of literature
in humanistic philosophies, and I marveled at how the
very definitions have changed. You go back across time
from the Renaissance right now to the post modern definition of what it means to be human, and you will see how they’ve
gone down that vortex. They’ve been sucked into
the absence of definitions. In fact about the biggest insult
you pay an average humanist is to ask him or her to
really define what humanism is all about. We struggle with these
definitions for one simple reason. When we were in the
earliest days of the dawn of the created order, there
was only one restriction. Only one restriction. With all the possibilities,
one restriction. Not to eat of the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil. What does that mean? Do not play God. Don’t play God. Don’t be the self referencing
point of all absolutes and all definitions, and the
temptation was pretty to fold wasn’t it? God said to them, in
the day that you choose to play this role, you will die. You will actually demean yourself. You will self destruct, but
the tempest said no, no, no. In the day you do this,
you will be as God, knowing good and evil. Meaning, you become the
definer of absolutes. Take a look at our world today
and see what has happened in the defining of absolutes. We are living in America,
possibly on the hinge on some of the darkest
days we’ve ever seen. Suddenly the most unpredictable
days we’ve ever seen. All over the world that I
go, I’m asked the question, what is happening in the United States? I was in Moscow, Russia in June, and a business man asked
me out for breakfast and at the end of the breakfast
he got up and said this. “I always had hope that
the future of the world “would hang on the wisdom and the ability “of the American people.” He said, “That was my only hope.” He said, “I no longer have that hope.” And here’s what he said. “They don’t think rightly there anymore.” This is a Russian man telling me. So what has happened? How do we in this pluralistic
culture do apologetics? What is apologetics? Apologetics is that
discipline which comes from the Greek word apologia. Which literally means to give an answer. To give an answer to
the questions of people, but it has that twin responsibility of making truth claims
clear and giving answers to the questions that people ask. The apostle Peter says, “But to set apart Christ
in your heart as lord, “and always be prepared to give an answer “to anyone who asks of you
the reason for the hope “that is within you, and to do that “with gentleness and respect.” I cannot think of a more
beautiful definition of what apologetics is, and
this came from a fisherman who had also seen that
extraordinary disclosure in the transfiguration of the lord Jesus. Such a spectacular event,
vouchsafed to only a hand few. So spectacular was it
that he said to his lord, Let’s stay right here. I don’t wanna go down there again. But the lord told him that
they had work to be done, and took them back into
the mainstream of people. You and I would love to be
in that cloistered existence of a spectacular revelation, but this is our time in history. Regardless how bleak it may
seem, how dark it may seem. My colleague and I were talking
about this earlier today, and I made the comment to him. I said, “You know, this
is the most open time “that I have ever sensed, but it is also “the most difficult time
at which to give clear “and convincing answers.” The struggles we have began
about 40 to 50 years ago, and a Canadian writer said this. “In the 1950s, kids lost their innocence. “They were liberated from their parents “be whelping jobs, cars,
and lyrics, and music “that gave rise to a new
term. the generation gap. “In the 1960s, kids lost their authority. “it was the decade of
protest, church, state, “and parents were all called into question “and found wanting. “their authority was rejected,
yet nothing ever replaced it. “In the 1970s, kids lost their love. “it was the decade of Mesum,
dominated by hyphenated words “beginning with self. “Self-image, self-esteem, self-assertion. “It made for a very lonely world. “Kids learned everything
there was to know about sex. “Forgot everything there
was to know about true love, “and few had the verve to tell them “that there was indeed a difference. “In the 1980s kids lost their hope. “Stripped of innocence,
authority, and love, “and plagued by the horror
of a nuclear nightmare. “Large and growing
numbers of this generation “have stopped believing in the future.” I put this as a post script. In the 1990s, kids have
lost their power to reason. Lost in a world of cyberspace, they have now personalized objects and totally subjectivized reality, and they are now
imprisoned in a deep world of their own loneliness. Having personalized objects,
and subjectivized reality, they look deep inside of them. They really have no answers. They only sense that sense
of isolation or alienation. Earlier in the year I had
the privilege of speaking at the passion conference. About 40,000 young people
listening live to that session, and after just a number
of powerful speakers the two most important issues for which they came forward for counseling. These are university students. If nobody had told you, you’d never guess. Number one problem plaguing the young that came forward for
counseling was on pornography. Number two was in suicide. The first demeaned the other. They ultimately demeaned themselves, and as I hear their voices
and hear their struggle, we are living in a world
of billions of people with each on in their
solitary world of struggle and questions. You and I believe, if you’re
a follower of Jesus Christ, that in Jesus alone we have the answers that are correspondingly
true to every question raised and coherent when all of the
answers are given together. Correspondence and coherence. The two tests for truth,
and in the person of Christ we find those answers to
the four deepest questions that bridge the head to the heart. What are those questions? The question of origin,
the question of meaning, the question of morality,
and the question of destiny. That forms your world view. Origin, meaning, morality, and destiny, and if you put it all together, you walk on the two feet
of truth and relevance. What is true in the answers you hold to, and what is relevant in the
way those answers are given? And so when Rick so graciously spoke to me about coming and speaking at
this Ahmanson Lecture Series on apologetics, and to
bring to you this message. I’ve selected as my title, doing apologetics in the 21st century. Doing apologetics in the 21st century. Which means how do we give answers and what are the real struggles
that people are facing in their lives. I bring to you, there are
many ideas I can go through in the first part of it. I’ll just break it down to three. Number one is the popularization
of the death of God, and the strident willingness
to live with its ramifications. The popularization of the death of God and the stridency of willing
to live with its ramifications. What do I mean by that? Let me unpack that for you. The German philosopher Fredrick Nietzsche who’s father was a pastor and both of his grandfathers
were in the ministry. He’s the one who really
popularized the phrase God is dead. He was a brilliant seminal
thinker, creative thinker, but he came to the
philosophical conclusion that God had philosophically bled to death under the knives of the
scrutinizing thinker. He used that metaphor. Who will wipe this blood from
the knife that has bled him? Who will wipe away the horizon? Who will give us the power
to wipe away the horizon? “Will lanterns have to be lit
in the morning hours” he said. Is there any up or down left? How do we not strain
through an infinite nothing? You see the questions he’s raising? Is there any up or down left? Take a look at the political scene today and ask yourself the question. How often we hear of the
two poles of right and left. You never hear of the up and the down. And yet that’s precisely
what’s Solomon said 3,000 years ago. Everything is a chasing
after the wind under the sun. What he really meant was if you don’t get a transcendent perspective, if you don’t have that vertical
dimension to your life, at the end of it you’ll
find it was all a chasing after the wind. Everything became
meaningless under the sun locked in the three school years in time, but now we have the
stridency of willing to live with these ramifications. Take a look at the writings of our ethesis in our universities, and see what it is that we are
really willing to live with in our time. I just wanna give you two illustrations. You see Nietzsche said this. He said, “Because God has
died in the 19th century, “two things will happen
in the 20th century.” He was right on both of them. He said number one,
the 20th century become the bloodiest century in history, and number two, universal
madness will break out. He was right. In the 20th century in
warfare we killed more people than the previous 19
centuries put together. See, violence has become absolute. It is the absolute solution
to everything we do now. He took the first step himself in the last 13 years of
his life he spend insane. Swinging between moments of clarity and the moment of total obscurity. You know, I am a world traveler by God’s divine courtesy and grace. I never ever dreamed that
this would be my life when I got into the itinerant call. I was speaking to my
summer friends last week and in Colorado Springs and I said, As this year is coming
to an end, just 2016, I have been to 26 countries and 76 cities just in the last 10 or 11 months. It’s my life, and one of
the things I really morn, I really morn, I don’t make it up. I lie in bed sometimes
and I think about it. What we’ve done to this world. One of my favorite countries
in the world was Syria. I’ve been there many many times. The oldest inhabited cities
in the world, Damascus. It was of the wall of
Damascus that Saul of Tarsus was put into a basket and lowered. Nobody knew that right
then he was gonna write one third of the new testament on that Damascus road, that
tremendous transformation that took place in the
house of Ananias out there. About five, six years ago I was Damascus, and every time I arrived,
the chief of intelligence would always have me go to the office and to be flanked by the military brass, and they put me on the
other side of the table. They put some baklavas
and coffee in front of you and none of it you feel
like eating or drinking because of the hostile looks, and then he looked at me he said, “Mr. Zacharias, you know, “you’re always welcome in our
country, thank you for coming, “but don’t get involved in
the politics of this land.” I said, “You have my
word sir, I never will.” I said, “But I have a question for you, “I know you well enough now. “Tell me, what is the future
of this part of the world?” This was before ISIS, we
knew of anything of ISIS, or at least certainly I
didn’t know anything of ISIS at that time. He looked at me and he said,
“You really wanna know?” I said, “Yes.” He said, “If nothing changes
in the next five years, “the whole place is going to blow up.” I wonder if he knew he was talking about the deaths of 200 to
300,000 of their own people? He himself was assassinated
in the early days, and I think of that beautiful city that has held forth
for thousands of years, and we’ve destroyed it. We destroyed it, we wiped it out. You see, if violence is absolutized, we only find ways of hurting. We find very few ways of solving problems, and now we enter into this 21st century and the heavens knows what
really waits us for the future. A stridency of willing to
live with its ramification, but just think of our own culture here. One of the fundamental mistakes
we make in America today is that we actually
think the truth matters. We think people really
worry about the truth. I wish that were true. If you listen to the media
and all the distortions, and all that goes on, you say to yourself, do you really want the
people to know the truth, or have you got an ideology
that you want people to latch onto? These are very difficult
time to be a student in a western university
where relativism is absolute, and where theism is
debunked, and the vertical is really mocked out of
any reasonable discussion. I haunt the university
students, university venues. I go there year after year after year. The audience is packed. There’s a good side to it. I’m paining for you right
now the darkest side to it. I’ll get to the positive side. So number one is the stridency of willing to life with the ramifications of atheism. Secondly, it is the gathering
storm of religious pluralism that has disoriented western culture. It’s the gathering storm
of religious pluralism that has disoriented western culture. Ask yourself this question. Why are there millions in the world who will give anything in
order to make this their home? I was only 20 when the
opportunity came to me to move to Canada. My older brother was 22. My father gave us $400 each. That’s all the government
of India would allow with foreign exchange, and he said, “Go and make your home there. “Settle down there and if all goes well, “we’ll all come and join you.” We had to sit for an hour in
front of the Canadian officer interviewing us. Asking us all the tough questions. We were moving to Toronto,
Canada at that time, and he looked at us and he said, “Why do you boys want to move to Canad?” And I was trying (mumbles)
philosophical in this. I thought, what answer
is gonna work out here? Today you’re not even
allowed to ask this question, but that time, they could
ask those questions, and my brother was two
years older than me, stunned me when he looked
at him and he said, “Because we think in English.” (laughing) I said, where did this come from? You know what my brother was saying? The value structure that you represent is the value structure
to which I wanna go. That’s really what he was saying. You know, the guy looked
at both of us and said, no one has ever answered this
question for me this way. We were looking for an ethos where you gained places by
virtue of your performance and ability, not by
virtue of paying somebody under the table and getting
it in, in the process. Which is what were so
accustomed to and so used to. Gertrude Himmelfarb who
is professor and meridus at Columbia University,
and author of so many books on history and culture. One of her latest to
scroll, Roads to Modernity. She makes an incredible
statement in that book, and coming from her as a philosopher, it shocked me what she said. She said, he difference between
the renascence in Europe and in the United States
and the United Kingdom on the one side. England on the one side, Europe
on the other, is one word. She said, “For the French philosophs “and for the Europeans, rationalism, “reason was the substructure
on which everything was built.” Rationalism, reason. She said, “For the
English and the Americans, “it was not reasoning,
it was moral reasoning “that gave them the impetus
to build their cultures.” Imagine that. One word, not reason
alone, moral reasoning, the up and the down, and she
has a whole chapter dedicated to John Wesley. She said it was the powerful
preaching of Wesley, and Whitfield, these
men who really brought the gospel to these countries. Who gave the people here
that ethos of up and down. Not just right and left. Some time ago I was in Paris having dinner with some of the top level
people in the country. One of them was the head
of the business school. Probably the most prestigious
business school in Europe. My wife was sitting next to me. It was a Chinese gentlemen and his wife. Who’s our dear friend, very powerful man who hosted this dinner
because he wanted me to talk to these folks, and the head of the business school said, “So you deal in ethics?” I said, “Yes.” He said, “We don’t teach
ethics in our business school. “It’s not a subject.” About half an hour later,
half way through the dinner he said, “You know we had
three of our graduates “running for the past election?” I said, “How did they do?” He said, “Well not very well. “One was a womanizer, the
other was an alcoholic, “and the third was very corrupt,
so they didn’t go further.” My wife leaned over, leave it to my wife to whisper when you
have to be very careful. She said, “Maybe they need to
start teaching ethics there.” (laughing) But he was talking as a French
man did philosophically. They do not have moral
reasoning of the underpinnings in the European world. If you take all of the isms
from marksims to existentialism, and postmodernism. All of these isms have come from Europe because of the bottom of their world view is reasoning rationalism. At the bottom of the world
view that built this country is moral reasoning. It’s a world of a difference, and all of a sudden the
world views came across. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and all of them came with their transcendental meditation which wasn’t very transcendental,
but they talked about it, and so what were we doing sitting in front of some teacher staring
inwards and thinking we would find the answers to life? When he passes away, his
whole empire collapsed and most of them are in a courtroom now finding out who owns all the returns. Evidently the transcendental meditation did not help them meditate on
the right things for too long. ‘Cause you never got to
the heart of the problem. The religious pluralism
that has come in our time. Thirdly and importantly,
how we have learned now the power to inform through the visual. We lean by the eye gate rather
than by the the thought gate. William Blake put it in
these words about the eyes. Listen carefully please. This life’s dim windows of the soul distorts the heavens from pole to pole, and godes you to believe a lie when you see with and not through the eye. This life’s dim windows of the soul distorts the heavens from pole to pole, and godes you to believe a lie when you see with and not through the eye. Blake was so right, we are
intended to see through the eye with the conscious. Now we see with the eye
devoid of all conscious. Life’s dim windows of the soul. Distorts the heavens from pole to pole, and godes you to believe you a lie when you see with and not through the eye. Think of the thousands of
hours in which our young are learning with the eye. Not through the eye. There is no conscious to
superintend over them. You take complex stories
and they are given to us in 30 seconds or 45 seconds sum bites, and supposedly we are getting the news. We are really getting
more views than the news. The world has changed folks. It has changed dramatically. Yesterday I was talking to a woman who for the first time
we had made contact. She’s quire high placed in
the world of technology, and she said, “Ravi, that
instrument that we hold “in our hand every morning,
every noon, and ever night.” She’s part of a high tech world right now working with some of the
best cinematographers in this country. She said, “That little instrument
is controlling our lives “to a degree, that
someday we will look back “and wonder how we ever did not see “what we were doing to ourselves.” You wake up in the morning,
and this is the first thing. You go to bed at night,
this is the last thing, and the invasion of the
imagination when you are young is a huge assault. My daughter Naomi,
she’s a wee little girl. She works in our ministry for the rescue of women in prostitution
and children with aids. She goes to the streets of Holland and the streets of South
Africa and in Mumbai. She will go in with a Bible in her purse and as she walks, and
they know who she is now, and they’ll turn that light
on for about 10, 15 minutes to listen to her, and she will tell you, dad, when I see these
beautiful young girls who’ve been marred and scarred in the sex trafficking industry, and now with a heavy dose of makeup to cover all of their
heartache and their pain. She said, “I walk out of there
and I just weep and think, “are we really going to let
thousands in this deluge “wipe themselves out?” And she said it all starts
with the image and the pictures and for the men who come as customers, the average length of an unclad woman that is able to hold their attention is no more than one minute, and then the picture has to change, and then the picture has to change. She said those are the
customers, this is the product. She walks in the streets of Mumbai, and if you’ve seen the
movie Slumdog Millionaire, you will see exactly the very street where my daughter Naomi
has been so involved. It’s a world that’s tough,
a world where you’ve got all of the absolutes altered. The popularization of the death of God. Gathering storm of religious pluralism and the power to inform
through the visual. How do we respond, how do we deal with it? I wanna give you full thoughts. The question is this. How do you reach a generation
that listens with its eyes and thinks with its feelings? How do you reach a generation
that listens with its eyes and thinks with its feelings? I give you four propositions. Number one, make sure you
understand what it means to set apart Christ in your heart as lord. The lordship of Christ over your will, over your imagination, over your life. The older I get, you know
I talked about speaking in Hyderabad where Rick
is, in 1965, I was 19. At the age of 17 I was lying
in a hospital room in Delhi. I had never opened a Bible in my life. My parents used to go
to take me to church, and the only thing I did was memorize half of the prayer book
because then I knew how many minutes were left
before the service was over. As soon as the vicar would say, let us now therefore draw nearby faith, I knew we had seven minutes to go. (laughing) I couldn’t have cared less. I was reading those beautiful prayers and I thought, what on
Earth does all of this mean? Age 17, when I lost purpose in living, I was in a hospital room. I had tried to poison myself
and my body was dehydrated. I’d failed in the
attempt but I was hanging between life and death. A man walked into my room. You know, if this had been
two, two and a half years ago and I was speaking,
he’s be in the audience. He passed away a couple of hears ago. He used to live in Los Angeles. He’s an Indian man. He walked into my hospital
room, and I just looked at him, and he said to my mother,
“I wanna read the bible “to your son.” She said, “Whoever let you in here? “My son’s dying.” He said, “Madam, this
is what your son needs “more than anything else.” She said, “You cannot be here,
he is in intensive care.” He said, “I’m here
because I’m a minister.” She said, “You cannot be here.” He said, “Will you do me a
favor, and you read it to him?” She said, “Okay give it to me.” My mothers English was not that good, and he his this King James Gideon’s new testament in his hand, and he gives it to her, and
turns it to John chapter 14, and in her heavy accented
way she’s reading, and I’m listening to this because I knew my life was totally a mess. Then she comes to verse 19. Jesus said “Because I
live, you also shall live.” Nobody explained it to me. I told my mother to stop there, and I said, “Jesus, if you
are the author of life, “and you wanna help me how to live, “I will trust you, but
I want you to change “what I want to do. “I don’t want to live. “If you will change what I want to do, “I will leave no stone unturned
in my pursuit of truth.” I was 17 years old. Five days later I walked
out of that hospital room so thoroughly converted. Setting apart Christ in my heart as lord. I go to India about three times a year. In fact, two weeks from now
I’ll be in Delhi speaking there. I always take a taxi all alone, and I go to the Belington hospital. It’s called a different name now, and I park outside there and
I just look at that building and I say to myself, I
never dreamed 50 years ago what God had in store for me, and the drivers have no
clue what is going on, and one of them he was a
turban guy, a Sikh guy, and he looked at me and he said,
(speaking foreign language) “What is happening sir?” I said, (speaking foreign
language) “This is my story.” and I tell him what happened. When that Sikh got me back to the hotel where I was staying, he folded his hands, and refused to take any money from me. He said, “I’ve never
heard a story like this, “and I just want to thank you “for not forgetting your roots.” I told him it is not just my roots, it is a story of my conversion
through Jesus Christ who is now my lord and my savior. (applause) Set apart Christ in your heart as lord. What does that mean? It means two things. You know the two greatest commandments. That’s what it means. To love the lord, your
God, with all your heart, and all your mind, and all your
soul, and all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself, but that followed a
fascinating conversation. A person tried to trip
Jesus up and said to him, is it alright to pay taxes to Cesar? It’s one question I so
desperately with Jesus had answered differently. (laughing) April 15th would be a wonderful day to be godly and rebellious
at the same time. Jesus said to him, “Do you have a coin?” He said, “Yes.” he said, “Who’s image do you see on this?” He said, “Cesar.” He said, “Give it to Cesar
that which belongs to Cesar, “and give to God that
which belongs to God.” A good question that will
always have a followup question. And he should have said,
what belongs to God? And Jesus would have said,
who’s image is on you? Who’s image is on you? Do you know the Judea Christian world view is the only world view that will give you that extraordinary credential. I have no right to take a
man with a sword in my hand and chop his head off
because I’m violating the image of God. I am fully attacking and
assaulting the amago de, the image of God, and that vertical gives me
the basis for the horizontal. No other world view gives you this. They either exalt you to deify you or cast you down into the
other end of the abyss to make nothing of you. The image of God, and then
when he goes on to say to love the lord, your
God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all you mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself. No matter how much we
disagree with others, we are taught by Christ to
love them, to love them, and you ask any Muslim, chances are nine out of
10 when you say to them, how did you come to know Jesus Christ. A vast majority of them will
give you one of two ways. Number one, through a dream. Jesus revealed himself
to me through a dream, or number two they’ll say, I watched the love of
God in another Christian and said that’s what I really don’t have. Those are one of two ways, and I’ve talked to scores of them. There are worlds views astride today that we may not find
comfortable within our zones, but I’m communed by God to
love my fellow human being no matter how much I disagree with them. I cannot be disagreeable with patience, if my lord himself looked
at those assaulting him and said, father forgive them because they don’t know
what they’re doing, how much more it is your call and my call to love my fellow human
being even in the face of all such hostility? It’s a culture where
violence is absolutized and hate has become common. Neither is an option for us. (applause) We love our fellow human being with the love of Jesus Christ, alright. So we set apart Christ
in our heart as lord. Secondly, it is very
critical we understand that our apologetic will
not merely have to be heard, it’ll have to be seen. Our apologetic was not merely to be heard, it has to be seen. It has to be visible to people. They are listening with their eyes, they are watching with their eyes. You know, years ago my wife
and I were visiting Honolulu and I said to her, “I’d really
love to go to the island “of Moloka’i.” It’s the worlds tallest sea cliffs, but I wanted to go there for a reason. I’d read the biography
of Damien Da Veuster, the Belgium missionary
who had gone to Moloka’i to walk with the people in Moloka’i, the Hawaiians that were sent
away there because of leprosy. His brother was commissioned to go, but his brother had suddenly passed away, and so Damien decided he was going to go to take his brothers place. He really didn’t wanna do it, but he loved his brother
and felt that commission had to be fulfilled. So he came. He loved the people, the
touched them, he embraced them, built chapel for them,
helped find a cure for them, spend all of his life there. One morning he was pouring
a kettle of boiling water into a cup and the water
swirled out of there and fell onto his bare foot. It took him a moment to
realize he couldn’t feel it. He was horrified as to
what that intimated. He took some more boiling water, put it gently onto the other
foot, and he couldn’t feel it. He knew what had happened. That morning he began his
sermon in a different line. He always began by saying,
my fellow believers. That morning he began by
saying, my fellow lepers. He’d contracted leprosy. So as my wife and I
were being shown around with this story, I came to his grave, and I said to the man showing me around, “Damien is buried here.” He said, “No sir, he was,
but the body was exhumed “and the Belgium government asked for him “to be brought back.” I said, “Oh wow.” He said, “Yup.” He was a hero, but the people in Moloka’i, the people with leprosy, and
he taught them to realize they were not lepers, they
were people with leprosy. Even though he referred
to himself as a leper, he was referring to it
purposely as an outcast. He said you’re not a leper,
you’re a person with leprosy. Always give them the dignity
of their person hood, and so when they wanted the body back, the people there gathered together and wrote to the Belgium government, please, he loved us, this was his home. Don’t take his body back
from here, but they insisted. So they finally said alright. Will you cut off that right
hand and bury it here? It’s the hand that touched us. And today in Moloka’i, in
that grave is not his body, it’s the hand that reached
out and touched them. Some time ago when I was being interviewed by India’s leading newspaper, the Hindu, they were really quizzing me
on why I come there and speak, and then they found out the
charitable work we do there through my daughters work,
Wellspring International, and she looked at me and
said, you’re doing this? I said, yeah we’re home for the destitute. We work with prostitutes in the streets. We’ve got children with aids
that we work, and burn victims. Went through all of that. She looked at me and said to me, “I will ever be grateful
for what you’re doing “for your mother land and your home land.” The next day when she wrote the article, there was not one negative
word of criticism. It was just a series of appreciations of what was being done for the needy. You see, even the hostile are disarmed when they can see, and when
they can feel your touch. To you young people
especially I say to you, find some time in your college days, in your school days to go and
touch other peoples lives. It will be the most memorable
and the most wonderful thing you’re ever doing, and do it
in the name of Jesus Christ. I’ll give you a quick illustration. Time’s running out but they
gave me a little more time that I could. In India, the washer
doesn’t run, it walks. (laughing) But out here it runs. There’s a guy in Delhi pushing himself. Only one leg bandaged up with
all horrible marks on it. I don’t know what lay beneath it, but it was a horrible looking thing, and he had two stubs for arms. He was pulling himself. He did have one hand gnarled up, and I wanted to give him something, but I knew if I started
that I’d be crowded out. So I just followed him from a distance till there was not much of a crowd and as soon as I got close I said, bisob. (mumbles) means brother sir. I said, (speaking foreign language) can you wait for a moment? So I walked over to him and a knelt down on my haunches and I said to him, I want to give you this in
the name of Jesus Christ who loves you. It was 100 rupees. It was a lot for him. It’s about $1.50. I opened up his hand and
I put the 100 rupee note, and he just looked at it like that, and his hand began to quiver, and he said sob ge, respected sir. (speaking foreign language) May God richly bless you. It’s the greatest benediction
I have ever received. Bless people, let them see it. It’s an apologetic, not
merely heard but seen. Secondly, not merely argued
but also felt in conviction. Not merely argued but also
felt in in conviction. Here I say, pray for wisdom. Please pray for wisdom. How to disarm an antagonist. (mumbles) I have 46 other apologists working with me on our
team and 15 countries. I keep talking to them, be humble in heart and be wise in wise in response. Humble in heart, wise in response. So you’re not answering a question, you’re answering a questioner. You’re not answering a question, you’re answering a questioner, and it reminded me of the
time I was in the middle east. Quick story and final thought, and we were talking to one of
the four founders of Hamas, muscle bound guy. The archbishop of
Canterbury took five of us. We’re meeting with Israeli
leaders and Palestinian leaders and boy this guy was hostile. He spent years in prison. You could barely get a word in, he was so argumentative. His room was full of tobacco smoke, and after about several hours, the archbishop said to the five of us, would each one of you men
like to ask one question? So I asked mine. I won’t tell you the question, this was a private conversation, but I can tell you this,
I didn’t like his answer, and so I looked at him and I said, “Sir, I really don’t like your answer. “I have to be honest with you.” I said, “Can I tell you something? “Not far from where you and I are sitting, “5,000 years ago a man
by the name of Abraham “took his son up the hill
and was gonna offer him “as a sacrifice.” I said, “You remember the story?” He said yes. I said, “Please let’s
not debate which son, “let’s just agree he
took his son up that hill “to offer him as a sacrifice.” He said, “That’s right.” I said, “As the ax about to come down, “God stops it, remember that?” He said, “Yes.” I said, “What did God say? He didn’t know. I said, “God said stop,
I myself will provide.” He said, “That’s right.” Stop, I myself will provide. I said, “Very close to
where you and I are sitting “in Rumula is another hill. “2,000 years ago God took
his own son up that hill, “and this time the ax did not stop.” He just stared at me. I said, “Shaykh, until
you and I receive the son “God has provide, we’ll
be offering our own sons “and daughters on the
battle fields of this world “for position, and power,
and land, and prestige.” I myself got shocked that I said that. (laughing) I’ve never thought of it before. Leave alone saying it. And so the archbishop says, well you know I guess it’s time to go now. (laughing) So we left. I thought boy I have blown this big time, and as I was walking I
felt this arm around me, and it was the archbishop. He leaned over and said,
“Ravi that was of God” I said, “I sure hope so.” I don’t know what I said. So we went down the steps, and the archbishop is the guest of honor. They were ushering him in. So the five of us are going. I’m still in a daze whether in the body or out of the body, I couldn’t tell, and I hear somebody running behind me and he comes and twirls me around. It’s the Shaykh. I said that’s it I’m gonna
be buried here in (mumbles) it’s over, this guy can
have me for dinner tonight, and then he looked at me and
stared me eye ball to eye ball holding onto my shoulders, and then he patted me on
both sides of the face. He said, “Mr. Zacharias.” I said, “Yes, sir?” He said, “You are a good man. “You’re a good man. I hope I will see you again someday.” And he gave a big solid bear hug, and as he pulled himself away I looked at his eyes and
he’s wiping the tears off. I don’t know what happened following. I’ve never been back
to be able to see him. I’m watched carefully when I go there, but a word in season can bring to fruit that which only God can
nurture and nourish, and I say to you, ask God for wisdom. We’re not picking a fight, we’re looking for answers
that’ll break through the course resistance and do it in love. Set apart Christ. It’s not merely heard but seen. Not merely argued but also felt, and lastly we cannot only rescue the ends of bringing them to Christ. We must rescue the means
of the very word of God. Let me tell you something. What is it the gospel gives
that no other world view gives? Think about this question. It gives you an awful lot, an awful lot. In fact, I preached a message last week that the very questions the seculars ask are only legitimate questions of the Bible is the only answer for it. Forget the answers they give. I’m talking about the
questions they raise. They’re only legitimized by
the Judea-Christian world view, and what is the one thing
the Bible gives to you and me that none else does? The Getha hints at it. The Muslims are repelled by it, but there is no one
else that provides this, and the Muslim Shaykh in
Damascus, Shaykh Hussein was the leading Shiite
cleric which whom I had a three R public dialogue. Ended the dialogue with these words. He said, “Professor, I want
to say something to you. “It’s time for us in Islam
to stop asking the question “if Jesus died, and start asking why.” I said, “May I quote you
on that Shaykh Hussein?” He said, “Yes, why?” Some years ago I was in
San Juan, Puerto Rico and I was preaching at
a large church there, and the pastor was a man by
the name of Carmela Teranova. Great preacher, and I was in his office getting ready to go into the platform and I saw a big painting in his office. It was a sweet little girl
sitting on the lap of our lord holding his hand and looking at it, and the words in Spanish said,
what happened to your hands? What happened to your hands? You know what happened to his hands? It what was here that wounded those hands, and that’s why the hymn writer says, what language shall I borrow
to thank your dearest friend for this thy dying sorrow,
thy pity without end, oh make me thine forever
and should I fainting be, lord let me never never
outlive my love for thee. I sometimes think about
the cross and shut my eyes and try to see the cruel nails, the crown of thorns, and
Jesus crucified for me, but even could I see him die, I would much see a little
part of that great love, which like a fire is always
burning in his heart. What happened to his hands? Is the answer to a
world that’s so wounded, and you ultimately reach
a wounded civilization through a wounded savior. Why are the universities packed when we are doing open forums
and with his eyes closed. They have no answers. Whether you go to Harvard,
or Princeton, or Yale, or STF Kentucky, or
Michigan or Michigan State. Wherever we go, it’s an overflow
crowd of young students. You know STF Kentucky we had
7,000 on a Wednesday night, and they lined up. The gospel is beautiful
and it’s beautifully true, and is the only answer
to our relativistic cart where he pulls in the
absoluteness of his love, and changes the hungers. It’s the only hope for the world. That’s what Conrad Adanar
said to Billy Graham after the second world war. Mr. Graham, outside of the
resurrection of Jesus Christ, I know of no other hope for mankind. We have that message,
let the world see it. Life for him, serve him. It’s a beautiful message. If you’re not walking
in lockstep with him, let this be the evening of repentance in turning your heart around. If you do know him, let your
light so shine before people that they will see your good
works, and glorify your father who is in heaven. It’s been my real honor, and even through Rick is not here, I’ll convey to him my
thanks for the privilege of being here at Saddleback. You folks have touched the world, and may your greatest years
still be ahead of you. May I close in prayer? (applause) Thank you, God bless you,
thank you so much, thank you. (applause) God bless you. Thank you so much, thank you. Thank you, God bless you. Thank you so much>Please let me pray. Let me close in prayer. Thank you so much for your kind response. Eternal father strong to save,
we need you more than ever. We are a desperate people. Lord Jesus, apart from
you we have no hope. I pray for every man, woman,
and young person here. Tonight, today, this weekend. I pray that hearts will be touched, lives will be transformed. You have given your servant a unique honor of standing on this platform. I don’t deserve it lord, I really don’t, but you in your grace
pour mercy upon mercy. Thank you for Rick and his team. How you have used them,
and I earnestly pray their greatest decades
and years will be ahead. Lord we pray for our nation. We go to the poles shortly. Sovereign lord who changes
the hearts of kings, do your work. May this nation never
lose sight of its roots and ever walk towards that glorious call. For you have endowed us with
some beautiful privileges of life and liberty, and to pursue the joys
that you alone can give. This land of the free,
may we ever be that, and use our freedom to honor you. What greater return can
we give you for that gift? Let your benediction rest upon Saddleback and its work all over the world. Be with Rick. Grant him safety and anointing, and all that work alongside
him with his servants heart. We come before you tonight with
hearts filled with gratitude for enabling us to live
at a time such as this. In the name of our lord, and our redeemer, Jesus Christ, amen. God bless you. (applause)

100 thoughts on “Learn How To Do Apologetics in the Twenty-First Century with Ravi Zacharias

  1. sir Zachariah you are a person gift for us from God that I believed personally. secondly your taught that my heart and mind balanced.
    we need you sir.

  2. He really knows how to speak to a crowd. He draws you in quickly and keeps you hanging on. Before you know it the presentation is over. Very good, and a true follower of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  3. Please apologize for a thousand years of the Christian Church waging pogroms against the Jews, burning 'witches, homosexuals, and 'heretics' at the stake and explain why the great minds of the Church had no objections to it. Who is responsible for the actions of Church? Men? Jesus? Satan? Please apologize for whoever it is.

  4. This man of God is in his own realm concernig church ministers.Set apart to teach a high level of original apologetics & refreshing perspectives.. Brilliant and super anointed+.(2nd×viewer).

    ❌™

  5. Pure evil and disgusting misinformation.The devil ALWAYS comes with a smile and as your friend ( even in the bible) and is apparently the BEST liar EVER so I would bet MY eternal soul that the "bible" IS the DIRECT work of the one it calls "Satan" himself and EVERY single MAN who thought he was a prophet of God or receiving "God's" own word was REALLY just doing the devil's work and NOW it's EASY to see how Christianity IS taking over the world as it's the dominant religion NOW so it's definitely NOT of God lol

  6. I don't know about this church, but my experiences with India have been about the same. They are good at acquiring dollars – nearly by any means possible. They have what they call Paisipay which is suppose to be like our Paypal. Now, if you need to talk to somebody there, you will get an "opportunity" for a free vacation plan. I never could get to Paisipay and the poor seller never got paid. Unfortunately, Ebay is now being taken over by India. Their "idea" of capitalism is different than ours.

  7. Religion began when the first con man bumped into the first gullible fool ! Ravi is 'black and blue' from all those fools bumping into him !!
    All pitch , no substance or evidence for that matter. But Ravi is an insperation to all those aspiring con men or preachers , one in the same in reality, Go Ravi 👊💪👍

  8. What a load of crap. All those young people he is bagging are doing incredible things ,making incredible discoveries via thinking, cooperation and science . They are free from the debilitating shackles of depressing religious dogma . Ravi and his like are the problem, so leave our youth alone Ravi !

  9. What a character assassin. He spends a large part of the opening of the lecture simply telling people how lost and miserable humanists are, then says the hardest question for a humanist is just to ask them what it means. For someone who said they spend time 'pouring over the literature,' how is it possible that he's never heard a humanist define it? How about a simple google search? It's really not that hard and every humanist I know can give a definition of what they mean by that term.

    I further was humored by him saying this gem, "How do you reach a generation that…thinks with it's feelings." Followed by an emotionalized story about how he became a Christian. Did he 'think with his thoughts' about it? Did he reason through the evidences for and against? Did he seek for truth, that beacon which he holds so highly? No. He hits rock bottom and turns his life over because of his emotions. Then he appeals to others to do the same. To think on their emotional responses to the message of Jesus. Always beware of people who say one thing, but eloquently hide their blatant inconsistency.

    Humanism will neither 'deify you' nor does it 'bring you down to nothing'. I'm assuming he is still talking about Humanists. If he means unbelievers in general, atheism has nothing to say on that matter other than to say it literally can't deify you since the definition rejects deities in the first place. If Ravi's message is true, surely it would be possible to defeat what Humanists actually think, right? Why would someone who is so smart need to represent his opponents position in a way that they themselves would not accept? Explain how that is not dishonest.

  10. Well, it would be great to have a religion, no doubt.
    But, to date, no religious person has ever been able to answer this simple question:
    Most religious people insist that when they die, they go to some sort of heaven.
    OK, agreed, living with God / Allah for the next 500 years in Heaven, would be VERY cool !
    But, for the next 500 BILLION years?
    What are you gonna be DOING ?
    Checkers? Tennis? Watching a ball game on TV?
    Game of Thrones re-runs? Jon Snow is cool, but watching him 100 million times ?
    AND, does it EVER end ?
    It just doesn't compute.
    So, again, ask yourself this simple question:
    WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO BE DOING FOR 500 BILLION YEARS ?
    If you can't answer this question, then you're just not really thinking it through.

  11. Drugs,both legal and illegal and including cannibis,alcohol,meditation,yoga,martial arts,tattoos,body piercings,quija boards,these are gateways to demonic possession.Satan is the Prince of the power of the air,sending mind control,demons and witchcraft,through the airwaves.Certain cords of music summon demons(drums).See the videos on youtube,where they found the locations of Sodom and Gomorrah and Noah`s Ark.REPENT.learn to break off generational curses.Learn spiritual warfare and deliverance,ASAP.Get into the king James bible,See all videos by Win Worley,John Echardt,and Derek Prince.

  12. The recalling of a detail of his trip to San Juan starting at 50:00 can make you cry. "What happened to your hands?"
    It should.

  13. I was actually shocked that a man of Ravi's caliber would speak in an apostate church like Saddleback…but then again, perhaps those are the very people needing to be reached.

  14. From comments by the biblical experts in these Christian forums it appears
    that people who reach Heaven don`t engage in any sexual activity
    whatsoever,  if sex was permitted it
    would follow that there would be pregnancies and new babies, if the children born
    in Heaven decided that they didn`t want to follow Gods rules (as kids do) and
    became delinquents would they be taken from their parents and cast into Hell?
    would the parents be happy to have their children tortured forever by demons?   If the residents of Heaven are completely
    sexless and there is no alcohol, tobacco, drugs, gambling or fun allowed then
    what are you Christians letting yourselves in for? an eternity of boredom and
    praying to Jesus,  What for,  what is the purpose of this long horrible existence?
    it would be like being sentenced to prison forever, a lot of you are praying
    for an early death so that you can take up residence in this prison in the
    sky,   Don`t believe me?  read through the comments here and on every
    other religious channel on YouTube.  If
    you discontinue with religion it will be like a 100LB weight has been taken
    from your shoulders, no more guilt, no more paranoia and no more having to
    watch every little move or thought you have, 
    Freedom.

  15. Thank you Ravi. The Church is in desperate need of answering life's difficult questions. This is our time as the church to bring light and hope to a confused and disolusioned society.

  16. It would be amazing to be Ravi's apprentice and just follow him around for a year watch and learn. while Ur at it I want a unicorn. God bless you sir.

  17. "I bear witness that there is no al-lah but GOD, and Muhammad was a messenger of familiar spirits = the most wordy of burning in hell – (quran surah maryam 19:70)"…….. Mohammad forgot to read (Leviticus 19:31)..

  18. The Ecumenical movement is trying to kill the GOD of the Bible and make Jesus equal to a prophet, Saddleback is a major force in this movement along with the Jesuits/Papacy. Read John 14:6 and study PROTESTANT history, these heathen are preaching a new gospel, 2Peter 2:1.

  19. What is happening in the U.SA is that our government is bringing In 3rd world countries in DROVES in a country that Europeans were to be here. These immigrants just walk over and speak whatever language they want to speak. They don't know English, they don't go into quarantine like Ellis Island like our past families. These immigrants are not assimilating nor giving to the economy but robbing it. Different cultures clash, and that is what is happening. These third world will destroy this country like they are already is happening. Get ready, this is only the beginning! Assimilation and brining educated people should be the only immigrants can be here. This country was European and our ancestor's had to work extremely hard to get here. I knew in 6th grade that I would HATE the 21st century because I had visions and read books that people knew it was coming. My poor grandchildren for now.

  20. I have undeniable proof of the existence of God! https://theultimateenlightenment.com/undeniable-proof-for-the-existence-of-god/

  21. Good joke to bad your a joker false teacher Rick Warren Joel Joyce John we are living in crazy time there might only be ten percent teaching Truth people beware don't follow this false teachers!!! There VIPER'S!!!

  22. Watch out for this guy, he shucks and jives answers that sound like he's answering "Intellectually" but "Skirts" the the questions that people ask all together! Not all answers just some really deep ones, ie, "if sins not such a big issue, why did Jesus have to die on the cross?" (A girl asked?) He went the "round about" and ended with; "no it was not that big a deal!" WHAT??? He's got a network behind him that doesn't allow any criticism of any kind calls it; "disrespectful" "not true" and best of all: ""Silences You"" for that!
    Tell me? We know that that the word of God stands against all Criticism, through the ages! Right? Of course!How is it then that when you present/repeat (Recent History, that you lived through!) You get "Silenced," told your a "Liar" and "Disrespectful!" Sounds like ($) I mean a Cult Protecting itself! God can use Anybody-Anybody to reach people with salvation! But if you know your God Jesus Christ, then you know you that's not how you deal with a brother! More like, "longsuffering, patience etc… ."
    Over stating that in History, their is no archeological digs, DNA, language, customs etc. that supports a "New People group called: Palestinian's! These are Norms for telling Any people groups in the world, its Standard, hello! I said Nothing else! I know there is people suffering there! I pray for them! I know there are many [palestinian christians] in "Gaza" suffering that was not the issue! "CENSORSHIP" that's the issue!!! For one statement!
    Why such Control? Watch Out People! Could very well be: 1Ti 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils
    But at minimum something ain't right! Guard your hearts!

  23. Prepare Bowl JUNE 28.333/19(Operation WHAT QUESTION THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TO GOD? NOBODY ASK ME LOL. NOBODY BOTHERED TO TEACH ME. JUST TRESSPASS AND OR GARBAGE. BUT GOD ASKES AGAIN WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION? ANSWER LOVE ❤️ BY SHAME THAT JESUS WAS MURDERED AND NOT A SACRIFICE FOR ANYTHING. SEND THE HOLY GHOST AND THE HOLY SPIRIT AND TYLER4444 AND TYLER LEUDKE

  24. Prepare Bowl June 28.44457/19(Operation SYRIA 🇸🇾 ALL MIDDLE EAST DEATH 💀 RAISES 5 TRESPASSES OF SPIRITS INTO LIVING HUMAN BEINGS IN RIGHTEOUSNESS DEATH 💀). 23 YEARS TIMES 5 RISES. OH I NOW KNOW NOBODY CAN READ THE BIBLE. THE SPIRIT CAN WAIT ETERNITY OR 1 AFTER THE OTHER. COME OVER TO CANADA LOL. THERE IS 40 REAPERS WAITING PER THROAT LOL. SEND THE HOLY GHOST AND THE HOLY SPIRIT AND TYLER4444 AND TYLER LEUDKE

  25. Prepare Bowl JUNE 29.774/19(OPERATION RAVI 😃 GO AHEAD AND TAKE 10 PERCENT OF ALL RICH AND GIVE TO THE POOR YEARLY SINCE TECHNOLOGY IS SO ADVANCED). HERE YOU GET A CHANCE BECAUSE THE SACRIFICE IS YOU. LET CANTABURY TALES BE YOUR WITNESS THEN YOUR SUCCESSOR AND SACRIFICE IF NO TRANSFER OF CHURCH. CHURCH WAS CREATED TO TRANSFER TO RICH SHAME TO THE BOTTOM. THE BOTTOM IS SUFFERING. ITS ALL ON YOU. SEND THE HOLY GHOST AND THE HOLY SPIRIT AND TYLER4444 AND TYLER LEUDKE

  26. I don’t understand this apologetics stuff. Am I supposed to apologize for being a follower of Jesus or something?

  27. Thank you Father God for saving brother Ravi and filling him with your wisdom! What a blessing he has been to my husband and I.

  28. What a TRUE blessing to witness such a HEART for OUR LORD & FOREVER KING………..Yet from a different earthly tribe born clear on the other side of this earth!…..Unfortunately I have never had the great pleasure of witnessing a believer from your culture and country of origin……..I've met plenty Native Indians…….but they either had different beliefs or none at all……and they've always treated me with respect and suuuuch patience……..I often wondered to FATHER what a JOY it would be to meet a believer……With The WONDERFUL Attributes that come ONLY with FATHER GODS SPIRIT…..Coupled with I had witnessed of the demeaner that your culture provides………..WHAT…A PLEASURE ….to have been given that this day! WHAT A MAGNIFICENT CREATOR OUR FATHER IS…….IN ALL HIS TRIBES…….EACH BEARING A DIFFERENT VIEW OF HIS BEAUTIFUL NATURE!!……Its like recieving very unique glimpse of HIM I ALWAYS knew existed……..but patiently waited for .
    ALL HONOR & GLORY TO OUR ABBA FATHER & HIS SON ……OUR FOREVER KING JESUS🙌🙌🙌👑!
    And to YOU my BROTHER…….The last hour or so has been a TRUE blessing that I'll carry with me in my "Spiritual Family Photo Book"….ALWAYS !
    May our LORD keep you and yours safe and close….AMEIN!

  29. Ever wonder why there's no such thing as naturalist apologetics? Because naturalism is true and doesn't need volumes of ad hoc rationalizations to justify belief.

  30. wow this is one of the most amazing words you say.
    you even did answer some of my questions ,from what i didnt know i even did have them, god bles

  31. You people believe in an invisible magic man in the sky, your religion is dying because people are more educated then ever before, you need to shake off the God virus!

  32. Unbelievable that this man of supposed great knowledge would even go into such a Compromising church as Rick Warren's! Absolutely pathetic!!! Just like Jesus' words to the religious leaders of his day saying that they went over land and sea to make one proselyte to make them twice the Son of hell as they were…disgusting!

  33. With one whom is with god in front can bring change with faith and repentance is and will bring change because god is at hand and no mortal is in control like our god amen

  34. One more thing he has bring in his letters and is of truth and repentance is in us it us who has dealt with evil and it shall not be around no longer to mislead humans god true ways will come thru like the winds filled with god love he is alive today amen

  35. "Learn how to bullshit others in the 21st century just like christians have been bullshitting people for the last 2000 years". Stop LYING and PRETENDING to know things you do not know and go find some EVIDENCE for your invisible god.

  36. Ravi Zacharias is a great teacher, listen to his Radio program. Also check out Michael Youssef, another gifted teacher also with a radio program.

  37. Christ is the answer. He isthe ONLY solution to man's problems.He is the Truth. That's why many don't like Him. Many dislikes the Truth.

  38. Can he just tell people to recieve the Holy Spirit who makes simple the hidden mysteries of Gods word.

    No one needs to go to school to understand scripture, all you need is the sweep Holy Spirit who makes these things simple to understand.

    By the way the word apologetics in itself is even too ambiguous for a babe in Christ. Quite the opposite of the Spirit work.

    We need to simplify, not complicate.

  39. Give me the apologetic for the seventh day Bible Sabbath (Saturday) the seal of God that identifies who authored the Ten Commandments. All your great ability at oration mean nothing if you can not give the reason why you would defend a papal tradition (Sunday) over the authority of the All Mighty Creator God.

  40. ROMAN CATHOLIC-Founfer- JeSUS CHRIST-JERUSALEM yr 33AD -PRODUCED the Bible 405ad invented d calendar.reads n all standard reference-

  41. ROMAN CATHOLIC-Founfer- JeSUS CHRIST-JERUSALEM yr 33AD -PRODUCED the Bible 405ad invented d calendar.reads n all standard reference-

  42. Learn how to do apologetics? From Saddleback? Wow. You want to learn how to do apologetics? Step 1: Lock Rick Warren in an iron box at the bottom of the ocean. Step 2: Burn all your Rick Warren books. Step 3: Open an actual Bible. Step 4: Get a real pastor.

  43. I worked in an industry where there were many Muslims. We all went out to lunch at a middle eastern restaurant and the "head" muslim says to me "…you are a good man…" I was greatly pleased for his nice words. I will never forget them.

  44. Better to be a questioning culture than an unquestioning culture. A questioning culture leads to logic, and logic leads to the LogoS.

  45. most white people try to intellectualize the gospel in the same way they they try intellectualize life. They reject the Holy Ghost who is the seal that one belongs to Christ Yeshua! For this guy to back and endorse RICK WAREN is BLASPHEMY, and a sure sign that this tool of satan has never experienced the NEW BIRTH!
    There is no difference between this guy and an unsaved professor of theology!

  46. Ravi is such a liar !!! He never studied at Cambridge!! He is a sick man he had an online relationship with an under age girl and he supports this heretic Rick Warren

  47. Ravi keeps coming up with 'stories' to illustrate his inane arguments for God. these stories are constructed to make atheists seem foolish. The names and locations keep changing though so their fake nature is quite obvious.

  48. there is just one thing on which both I and DIRTY DONALD agree on, SEND THIS ASSHOLE BACK TO THE SHITHOLE COUNTRY HE CAME FROM

  49. Watch Julia Sweeney, she DESTROYS THIS LYING DIRTBAG EASILY AND WITH HUMOR.
    This guy HAS NO IDEA WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT, but he makes millions from the sale of his BULLSHIT to morons like you.
    Open your EYES you fools, you are being lied to by this fake who laughs at you as he walks to his bank.

  50. When will Ravi be held responsible for his academic misrepresentation and online affair with Lori Anne Thompson? Does celebrity status, legal resources and influential connections matter more than TRUTH?

    The academic issues are as follows:

    1. Ravi claiming to be a "visiting scholar at Cambridge University" when he was on sabbatical for 3 months at Ridley Hall (a Church of England training center) in the city of Cambridge. Cambridge University has explicitly denied in an official letter that they ever invited him as a visiting scholar. What he really did was to sit in on one or two courses at the university due to close proximity.

    2. Ravi saying that he is lecturer at Oxford University when the university has also denied in an official letter that he was never a lecturer or a professor there at any time.

    3. Ravi claiming on his website that he has been conferred with "8 doctoral degrees" without disclosing that they were honorary. A number of his books (in the backcover) state that he was "educated at Cambridge University." As mentioned earlier, he never studied nor was he ever a visiting scholar at Cambridge University.

    4. Ravi repeatedly saying (you can check various youtube videos) that he studied "quantum physics" under John Polkinghorne at Cambridge University in 1990 when Dr. Polkinghorne stopped teaching Physics in 1979. Additionally, Ravi was never a student or visiting scholar at Cambridge University to begin with.

    5. Ravi declaring that he lectures at universities like Harvard and Yale when all these events were organized by Christian groups and local churches which would rent an auditorium on the university campus to hold the meetings. For instance, one of the organizers for the Harvard event was the Chinese Holy Ghost Fellowship.

    6. Ravi saying that he was the Chair of a Department that did not exist at the institution where he taught in the 80's.

    7. Ravi stating that he won a prestigious international "All Asian Preaching Award" when what he actually participated in was a local preaching contest organized by Youth For Christ (YFC) in India. Steve Baughman spoke to all three judges who were at the competition and they have confirmed that Ravi's claims are false.

    8. Ravi states that his first book was based on lectures delivered at the Bell Labs in New Jersey but they have absolutely no record of him.

    9. Why did Ravi and RZIM completely change the content on their website after all the misrepresentations became public? Obviously, because they were marketing lies!

    Secondly, the online affair issue boils down to the following:

    1. Why did Ravi threaten suicide in his email to Lori Anne Thompson?

    2. Why does he accuse Lori of betraying him in the email?

    3. Why does Ravi ask Lori to meet with him before disclosing his name to her husband?

    4. Why does Ravi ask Lori if she was going to reveal his name to her husband and plead with her to meet him in person before doing anything?

    5. Why did he not report to the RZIM board when he started receiving the nude picture from Lori? Why did he continue to engage Lori for quite sometime (as he himself admits) till the demand for 5 million?

    6. Why has he nor RZIM denied anything from the emails?

    Much of the evidence, including letters from institutions, emails etc. can be found on ​raviwatch.com

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