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Christian evangelist Ravi Zacharias dies of cancer at 74

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Ravi Zacharias

 

Ravi Zacharias who is that the founding father of Zacharias International Ministries died two months after he announced that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

Zacharias was born on 26th March 1946 in Madras, India. He grew up in an Anglican family but he was an atheist until the age of 17 when he tried to kill by drinking poison. While he was within the hospital, an area Christian worker brought him a Bible and told his mother to read to him from John 14.

The popular author and Christian teacher was known for his run through Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), which focused on apologetic arguments for the existence of God and therefore the reasonableness of Christianity.

He preached in additional than 70 countries and authored quite 30 books in his 48-year career, teaching Christians to interact with skeptics and arguing that the Christian worldview has robust answers to humanity’s existential questions.

Earlier this year, doctors discovered a malignant neoplasm on Zacharias’s sacrum as he underwent back surgery. He began receiving treatment for sarcoma at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

The ministry posted an update on May 8 saying Zacharias’s cancer was deemed untreatable, and he was sent home to Atlanta to be together with his family. On social media, a good range of Christians including Lee Strobel, Tim Tebow, and Christine Caine posted tributes with the hashtag #ThankYouRavi.

His best-selling book, Can Man Live Without God?, sold about 500,000 copies in 1995. His most up-to-date book, The Logic of God: 52 Christian Essentials for the guts and Mind, won the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s 2020 Christian book award within the Bible study category.

Notable quotes from Ravi Zacharias that describe his life work

Life

“If God is the author of life, there must be a script. Where there is a script, there must be a story. It is not that the world is a stage and we can pick and choose different scripts. The individual subplot must gain its direction from the larger story of God’s purpose for our lives.”

 Ravi Zacharias at Christ Church Presbyterian, Atlanta, Georgian, 2016.

“The story of the gospel is the story of eternal life. My life is unique and will endure eternally in God’s presence. I will never be ‘no more.’ I will never be lost because I will be with the One who saves me.”

 Seeing Jesus from the East (2020, co-authored with Abdu H Murray)

Truth

“It is the very nature of truth that presents us with this reality. Truth by definition is exclusive. Everything cannot be true. If everything is true, then nothing is false. And if nothing is false, then it would also be true to say everything is false.”

 The Logic of God (2019)

“God has put enough into the world to make faith in him a most reasonable thing. But he has left enough out to make it impossible to live by sheer reason or observation alone.”

 “A Bigger Story,” Think Again on RZIM.org

“I want to talk to you about four absolutes that you try to define: evil, justice, love, and forgiveness. Do you know of the one place in the world where these four converge? They converge on a hill called Calvary where all the evil intents of the human heart are hurled upon the very Son of God, where God in his justice took upon himself that justice, but he manifested his love for you and me in an indescribable way, and he offers you and me forgiveness.”

 “Navigating with Absolutes in a Relativistic World” at UN Prayer Breakfast

Apologetics

“We are living in an era when apologetics is indispensable, but at the same time, we need a Christian apologetic that is not merely heard — it must also be seen. The field of apologetics deals with the hard questions posed to the Christian faith. Having had deep questions myself, I listen carefully to the questions raised. I always bear in mind that behind every question is a questioner. The convergence of intellectual and existential struggles drives a person to a brutal honesty in the questions he or she has.”

 The Logic of God (2019)

“It is Christ who shows that unless a person’s pain is understood, one will never understand a person’s soul.”

 The Logic of God (2019)

“This call to a life reflecting the person of Christ is the ultimate calling upon the apologist. Skeptics are not slow to notice when there is a disparity, and because of that, they may question the whole gospel in its supernatural claim. Yet when they are met with gentleness and respect, we will help meet the deepest longings of the heart and mind— and they will find where true discovery lies. Let us live so accordingly.”

 The Logic of God (2019)

“… Only in Jesus do you find the answers to the deepest questions of the soul, answers that correspond to reality and in totality are systemically coherent. Indeed, only Jesus describes our condition, provides for our malady, explains suffering, offers his life as an atoning sacrifice, and rose again from the dead to give eternal life to all who would believe. The gospel is the only story where grace and forgiveness are central and unearned — and that is good news to all people everywhere, whatever color or ethnicity.”

 “A Kaleidoscope of Colors,” Think Again on RZIM.org

Human Rights

“You cannot talk about human rights without the right to be human. You cannot treat a child as a quantity; a human being is not a quantity, a human being is an entity. Every human being has intrinsic worth and a reflective splendor, because every individual has been created by God in His image.” Ravi’s Facebook, Jan. 22, 2016

“In Christianity, the essence of every person, the individual reality of each life, is sacred. It is sacred because intrinsic value has been given to us by our Creator, who has revealed himself in the starry skies and upon a nail-scarred cross.”

 The Logic of God (2019)

 

 

 

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