Ravi Zacharias speaks at the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

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Ravi Zacharias greets an attendee at the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Chapel Sept. 17. Ravi took the time after his speech to meet several attendees face-to-face. (Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Katerine Forbes/120th PAD/JTF-GTMO Public Affairs)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba – Theologian and philosopher Ravi Zacharias visits Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to speak to the GTMO community.

“It’s a tough world in which to try to deal with the questions that haunt. And these questions just don’t seem to go away,” said internationally renowned theologian Ravi Zacharias as he began his speech. More than 100 troopers and family members attended Zacharias’ talk at the Naval Station Chapel Sept. 17.

The questions Zacharias discussed included: What kind of culture are we looking to build? What is it that frames our cohesive world-view? And, how do we put it all together?

Ravi Zacharias was born in India and immigrated to the west in his twenties. He earned his master of divinity from Trinity International University in Illinois and became an expert in comparative religions, cults and philosophy. He is an Oxford Senior Fellow and studied at Cambridge University in the areas of moralist philosophers and Romantic era literature. While studying at Cambridge he wrote his first book, “A Shattered Visage: The Real Face of Atheism.” Since then, he has authored numerous other award-winning books. Beyond writing, Zacharias speaks around the world and on radio with a program called “Let My People Think.” More specifically, Zacharias’ passion for speaking to troops began in his twenties.

“I was a student and was invited to Vietnam. Because of the chaplains in the U.S. Military, I traveled the length of the country,” he said. “I grew to have a real affection for the people in the armed forces because I know the toughness of their life. I felt my love for them and gratitude for them; for the price they pay for our freedom and our protection, it is the least I can do.”

Ravi Zacharias, world-renowned author and philosopher, speaks to a crowd of approximately 180 troopers and families at the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Chapel, Sept. 17. Zacharias’ speech addressed society’s need for a moral center and absolute truth. (Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Katerine Forbes/120th PAD/JTF-GTMO Public Affairs) Photo credit: http://www.dvidshub.net/

Zacharias’ generosity of spirit proved to be more than words. Thomas George, director of religious education at the Navy Chapel, explained how the plan to bring Zacharias here was almost squashed by the lack of funds. However, Zacharias paid for the trip and waived his speaking fee. His coming here was purely in support of the military mission and the people here, George said.

Zacharias’ speech delved into three main ideas: Secularism leads to loss of shame, pluralism leads to loss of reason and privatization leads to loss of meaning. With strong support from antidotes, quotes and philosophical reasoning, Zacharias closed with the statement, “Life is intrinsically sacred” and the question, “whose image is on you?”

The most impressive thing for the audience that night was his kindness and generosity, said George. After Zacharias’ speech and Q&A session, he spent one on one time with the attendees, giving them encouragement and answering deeper questions.

For Zacharias, the drive to speak to people for a living comes from the four questions every human being asks about origin, meaning, morality and destiny. Where do I come from? What gives my life meaning? How do I differentiate between good and evil? What happens to a human being when he or she dies? These questions come from a felt reality, he said.

“It’s not just cerebrally driven, but bridges the head to the heart,” he said. “That’s the longest journey in life.”

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Dr. Ravi Zacharias – Suffering and Absolutes (Interview)

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From 2010, in Toronto, Canada. Zacharias talks about his life, postmodernism, atheism and how to stay connected to God when going through painful times. VIDEO by 100huntley

Part 1 (10 min)

Part 2 (9 min)

Ravi Zacharias – Can Man Live Without God? National University of Singapore

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Lecture Friday March 26, 2004 (just recently uploaded) In this brilliant and compelling defense of the Christian faith, Ravi Zacharias shows how affirming the reality of God’s existence matters urgently in our everyday lives. According to Zacharias, how you answer the questions of God’s existence will impact your relationship with others, your commitment to integrity, your attitude toward morality, and your perception of truth. (Video via EnimVeritas)

This topic is from Ravi’s book ‘Can Man Live Wihtout God’, a subject he spoke on at Harvard University Law School. The book treats this subject more exhaustively than his lecture here, and at other venues where Zacharias has lectured on this topic.

The book is available here: http://www.amazon.com/Can-Man-Live-Wi…

Ravi Zacharias Lectures in Chicago area Feb. 5 – 6, you can watch LIVE online at Trinity International University of Deerfield

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1. Tuesday Feb. 5 at 7 pm Central time – “What Does It Mean to Be Human?

2. Wednesday Feb. 6 at 11 am Central time –  “Chariots of Fire: The Moulding of a Preacher”

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Ravi Zacharias , of RZIM Ravi Zacharias International Ministries will be delivering two lectures at Trinity International University in February.

The first lecture on “What Does It Mean to Be Human?” will take place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 5 in the A.T.O. Chapel.

Zacharias said he chose to address this topic because so many questions are surfacing in our culture that are symptomatic of this issue, and we need to answer the foundational question of what it means to be human to be able to address these questions.

Zacharias will also give a lecture entitled “Chariots of Fire: The Moulding of a Preacher” at an 11 a.m. all-University chapel on Feb. 6.  Zacharias said this message relays the story of Elijah and is relevant to young seminarians in their preparation.

Both lectures will be live streamed here.

Jesus among other Gods – Ravi Zacharias

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.

Does this generation really want the truth? Ravi Zacharias Part 2

Ravi Zacharias on the historicity of the Bible and its prophetic accuracy; he gives as example the Book of Daniel prophecy concerning Alexander the Great. Daniel 8:1-27 and 11:3-4.

Ravi Zacharias at University of Illinois. (transcribed from video-7 minutes)
Student- Hi Ravi, how you doing?

Ravi- Hey good to see you.

Student: I just wanted to ask you, could you explain in a matter more pragmatic than we’re used to why a person should believe in the word of God as the Bible and why they should basically believe every word it says as opposed to any other ‘holy book’ and why they should give their entire life to Christ.

Ravi- I mean, I know it’s a really rough question, but that’s like saying – define God and give three examples.

Student- Isn’t that just the Trinity?

Ravi- Yeah, well it’s a legitimate question, I’m sorry for responding humorously there, of course it takes a whole lot of time. In my book ‘Can man live without God?’ which was a series of lectures delivered at Harvard, the second part of it, deals with that very thing, so let me start off the best as I can.

First, I believe that truth as a category does exist. Number two it is possible in a majority of claims of philosophical and historical statements to verify the truthfulness of those affirmations. Third, I believe there are existential realities from which I cannot run, which drive me to find the answers to the existential struggles that I live with, not just the philosophical ones.

The philosophical ones are real and I have to deal with them, but so are the existential ones and by the way-existentialism came as a response to the unpaid bills of philosophy. Philosophy has become so cerebral that the passions have been ignored and the existentialism came into being  and sort of tossed out the rationalistic way of interpreting things and went purely with the gut level feeling, a la Sartre, and Camus and so on.But I think what we are trying to do is we are trying to find the bridge between the head and the heart. There are numerous ways of doing this and the way you start off with by saying,”You take the Bible as the question. Then, why the Bible and why not any other system of thought?

You start off with the Scriptures and ask your self the question. Here, there are 66 books by nearly 40 different authors, over 1500 years. There are books on history, there are books on philosophical thinking, there are books on theological thinking and systematic thinking. Now, if the Bible made several assertions, one after another that you found out to be false, either historically or philosophically or in the existential realm, you go further and further and if you see that kind of systemic contradiction and failure, then you have reason to believe that I do not really believe this document. It is not in keeping with the way I am seeing history and reality. But when you look at the Scriptures, and by the way, the Bible is a very distinctive piece of literature to any other religion’s piece of scripture. Any Muslim will tell you that his book, the Koran, is word for word perfect. It is a perfect revelation of Allah in the eye of the Muslim They will affirm that again and again. That’s why no translation of the Koran will ever do justice in their estimation of the Koran, it is the perfect expression of Allah himself as dictated to Muhammad, who recited it. Now the Bible as we know it, does not affirm that ‘verbal perfection’. I actually have a great deal of difficulty with verbal perfection. Are we really saying that no one word would have been better than another word in this volume of material? But when you take the Scriptures disclosed over centuries and over 1500 years, 40 different writers, 66 books- and you see the prophetic scheme all the way to the person of Christ.

Let me give you an example of this: The book of Daniel is written in the late 500’s before Christ, and yet when you study the Book of Daniel, you begin to see the specifics of a fantastic prophecy. He talks about a massive empire that will come into being and how that empire will be divided into 4, and that empire will be led by a strident, strong he-goat from the West who’ll be marching several nations under foot, but shall be suddenly cut off and his empire will be divided into 4. Those 4 then emerge into 2, and those 2 blend into 1. When you take the Book of Daniel, written late 500’s BC and put it ‘pro forma’ unto Alexander the Great’ in the 300’s BC, you see the stridency of Alexander.

Suddenly cut off in his 20’s, 4 kingdoms emerge, given to his 4 generals. Those 4 (Ptolemaic kingdom of Egypt, the Seleucid Empire in the east, the Kingdom of Pergamon in Asia Minor, and Macedon) come into the 2 two empires and that emerged them into the Roman empire. Centuries before- to be so specific in prophecy. You go to the prophecy of  Zechariah , who describes the crucifixion of Christ, ”They shall look upon Him whom they have pierced and weep as a mother weeps for her only sons. You go to the prophecy of Isaiah and see how the Christ is going to suffer. Immediately you see the supernatural.

So, when you take the miraculous element, you take the historical element; you look into the Scriptures and you see there is an authenticity and it all points to one perfect person, the person of Christ.

Bruce Metzger who is a scholar from Princeton, made the comment…he said, “After you take the 20,000 lines of the New Testament, it is safe for any scholar to say there’s at least a 99.6% accuracy. No ancient document, NONE! Has the kind of document support that the Bible has, over 5,000 documents. Even Time magazine in ’88, Richard Ostling made the comment: “One thing we cannot deny the Christians is the documentation that is available throughout the centuries, nothing in literature matches it. Not Homer, not the Gallic Wars of Caesar or whatever.

So when you got this kind of documentation, this kind of accuracy; that kind of person in Jesus Christ, I think you got pretty compelling evidence to see why it is that we need to take Christ very seriously.

Does this generation really want the truth? Part 1 – a message especially for (University) students

Narration for video below byRavi Zacharias, visiting scholar at Cambridge University,and  frequent speaker to University students at Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford.

His ministry’s vision is fourfold: Evangelism, Apologetics, Spiritual Disciplines, and Training that comes alongside the Church or concerned Christians worldwide so that the mandate of I Peter 3:15 might be fulfilled—to set apart Christ in our hearts as Lord and always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is within us, with gentleness and respect, all for the glory of God.

NARRATION (from video) PART 1- The problem in Universities

What has happened to truth in our day? Where did we lose out, where did we go wrong? What has become the malady that best describes why we are on the wrong track? This arena of lies and falsehood where we are risking the whole next generation with a false sense of entitlement.

Skepticism is the hallmark of University education today. You can go to campus after campus and they deny even the very possibility of ‘knowing’. Fascinating, isn’t it? You come out of the University education at the end of it basically saying, “You cannot believe anything! You cannot know anything!

Intent is prior to content. Question is: Does this generation really want the truth? Revelation displaced by reason. Truth subverted by agnosticism. Rationalism fails, existentialism fails and lastly the propositionalism (is) replaced by the visual.

This is possibly the darkest reality of our time. So the young scholar sitting before the professional lectern is absolutely convinced that truth is nearly relative and what has happened is that he (the young scholar) has lost sight of the fact of what Jesus said about the eye. He said, “Let your eye be single, the eye is the lamp of the body”. William Blake put it in these words, “This life’s dim windows of the soul distorts the heavens from pole to pole and goads you to believe a lie, when you see ‘with’ and not ‘through’ the eye”.

We are meant to see through the eye with the conscience, we are told to see ‘with the eye’ devoid of a conscience.  And in reality, nothing is so beautiful as the good, nothing so monotonous and boring as evil, but in our imagination it’s the other way around; ‘fictional evil’ is very intriguing, attractive and full of charm. The poles have been reversed, good has become boring, evil has become intriguing.

Author of Video shows Names of Persons and Locations mentioned in Bible verses, and pictures of artifacts from archaeological digs which centuries  later proved the existence of aforementioned.

Part 2 is coming tomorrow.

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