Ravi Zacharias – Jesus among other gods

I thought I would repost this video ‘Jesus among other gods’ in light of today’s other post ‘How Shinto and Buddhist priests view religion in Japan‘. Ravi Zacharias explains how showing Jesus as the exclusive Savior who forgives our sin makes all the difference when presenting the Gospel to people of other religions.

English: Ravi Zacharias signing books at the F...

In his most important work to date, apologetics scholar and popular speaker Ravi Zacharias shows how the blueprint for life and death itself is found in a true understanding of Jesus. With a simple yet penetrating style, Zacharias uses rich illustrations to celebrate the power of Jesus Christ to transform lives.Jesus Among Other Gods contrasts the truth of Jesus with founders of Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, strengthening believers and compelling them to share their faith with our post-modern world.(Editor’s review) Click here for an Encapsulated view of this book which is considered one of the best Christian apologetics books.

Jesus among other gods’ .

Ravi Zacharias: Jesus’s exclusivity is implicit in this claim. We will look at half a dozen questions Jesus answers to those who present these questions to him. No other claimant to divine or prophetic status would have ever answered those questions that way. there is a uniqueness, a marvelous uniqueness and so in this opening session we will be looking at one of those questions that was posed to Him that I have entitled: The anatomy of faith and the quest for reason.

There are six parts to this video. (Length 1 hour 22 min.) Pass the video to all your friends and make the time to watch it. Not only is it informative (biblically, philosophically and rationally) but it is also creatively edited with footage, and inspirational and faith building.

For more Ravi Zacharias videos visit my Ravi Zacharias page.

How Shinto and Buddhist priests view religion in Japan

According to wikipedia, 1 million people, that is less than 1% of the Japanese population are Christian:

Christianity in Japan is among the nation’s minority religions. Reports of the number of adherents differ, but most estimates are that approximately one percent of the population claim Christian belief or affiliation.

This makes for fertile ground for missionaries to proclaim the Gospel to the Japanese folks. In the photo on the right, a Christian is preaching on a street corner with a poster and a loud speaker, in Ikebukuro. (wikipedia) Read the article below to familiarize with the aspects of religion of the Japanese people, it just might come in handy when talking to Japanese folks in our own countries.

I also recommend watching Ravi Zacharias’s video – Jesus among other Gods – Ravi Zacharias

via http://www.mnnonline.org

Japan (PNS) ― Recently, a Christian with PIONEERS had a friendly debate with a Shinto and a Buddhist priest in front of a well-attended audience in Japan. It had a surprising twist. Here’s the story in the PIONEERS worker’s own words:

There is a saying in Japanese, “Minna chigatte, minna ee,” which means “We are all different, but all good in our own way.” This philosophy reveals a core attitude of religion in Japan.

Recently I was invited to join a local symposium as a representative of Christianity. I was to speak at a religious session along with a Buddhist priest and a Shinto priest. We shared a casual debate for an audience of 100 people.

The night before our debate and the next day, as I interacted with these two priests, they reflected similar sentiments about the way the Japanese practice religion.

“I think Buddhism is like a recipe book: you play around with a recipe and create something,” one said. “You decide what your soul wants to make. It is your own responsibility what you do with the ingredients.”

The next day, our session was well attended, with 100 people filling every available chair in the college classroom. As we debated, the truth and direction that Scripture gives stood in contrast with the idea of living a fulfilled life.

Part of the way through the discussion, the Buddhist priest said, „I am afraid that about 80% of you are probably leaning toward Christianity!” The Shinto priest added, „I also thought he was convincing. It could be because I had had a lot to drink last night, but maybe I will become a believer, too! I need to learn from him.”

I felt the prayers of God’s people and a special enabling power from God, as I respectfully and repeatedly brought the discussion back to the teachings of Scripture.

At one point the Shinto priest expressed his view of the importance of religion: „I don’t think it is necessary to think too deeply about religion. For instance, when you sit down to eat a meal, the main course is the rice. You have the side dishes. If you have pickles to go with the meal, it makes everything taste even better, doesn’t it? I think you should think of religion like the pickles. It makes life a little better. If you think of religion as more than that, it will become a burden to you.”

In response, I shared the reason why I came to Japan as a missionary: to share the Good News of a message that changed my life. “Salvation through faith in Christ and the forgiveness of sins is the most delicious message of all,” I explained. “Christianity is not a religion, but a daily relationship with a living being.” Coming back to this point time and again, I was able to speak on topics of marriage, death, and bullying.

„He is so convincing in his speech,” the emcee said laughingly. “I thought the Buddhist would become a Christian!”

Later during our panel discussion, the Buddhist priest turned to the Shinto priest and said, „As I was listening to you speak, I wondered: ….we put our hands together to pray, but are our prayers answered? „Is there a god or a Buddha?” Turning to the audience, he asked, „Have any of you ever said such a thing at least once in your life? Shinto worship nature, but can nature forgive you? Nature can’t forgive your selfishness. Shinto teaches that nature is your mother and father. That is what you are worshiping.”

I nodded my head in agreement at this astute observation and followed by quoting John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Pray that the seeds of Truth that were planted in this Buddhist and Shinto audience will take root and grow into faith in the Creator God. Pray for the continued ministry of PIONEERS in Japan.

Read more at  http://www.mnnonline.org (article/18631)

(‘Radical’ author) David Platt on Rob Bell and the church – „Intellectual universalism is dangerous” but „functional universalism is worse.”

Dr. David Platt in India.

(source of quote in title here)

For those at Brook Hills (or beyond) who may not be familiar with recent debate concerning Rob Bell and universalism, there is much discussion at present among professing Christians concerning whether or not those without Christ will really experience eternal damnation when they die. I offer some thoughts here from India. Yes, let’s fight universalism with our words. But let’s also fight universalism with our lives.

David Platt on his journey through India (March 18 update)

Overwhelming lostness. These are the only words that come to my mind when I consider what we witnessed at the Ganges River. According to Hinduism, the Ganges is the most sacred of all rivers. The “holiest” cities of Hinduism rest along its banks. Every year, scores of Hindus travel to the Ganges to wash themselves in its water. By simply washing in the Ganges, they believe that they can be cleansed of all evil and receive passage into heaven. Last year, in one month alone, during the festival of Kumbha Mela, over 50 million Hindus traveled near to the place where I am standing in this video below to bathe in the Ganges. Ironically, this river is considered by others to be one of the dirtiest rivers of the world. A recent article in The Economist called the Ganges River a “brown soup of excrement and industrial effluents.”

All of this to say…it was overwhelming to come to this site and to see masses of people—from all over India and around the world—flocking to filthy water that they hope will cleanse them from all their sin and sickness. As I looked across the river, I was gripped by the grace of Christ, whose blood alone can wash away sin, and I was overwhelmed by the need of those whose minds have been so blinded from seeing the salvation that only comes from Him.

We were not able to stay at the Ganges long, for we were on the way to catch a plane to another city. We have now arrived at this other city in eastern India, and we are about to go into a very poor, rural here to gather together with about 400-500 villagers. As you go to bed this evening, we will be going out to preach the gospel in this village. Amidst overwhelming lostness, please pray that God will show His power in the gospel by cleansing people of all their sin through the blood of Christ today.

“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.” 2 Corinthians 4:4-5

Watch David Platt sermon ‘The cost of following Jesus‘ at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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