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Why Jesus?: Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality Hardcover – January 25, 2012
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"Ravi Zacharias gives a powerful defence of how Jesus Christ brings meaning and hope to an individual life."―Billy Graham
"Ravi takes a scholarly yet imaginative approach to aplogetics."―Bruce Wilkinson, author of the #1 "New York Times" bestseller The Prayer of Jabez
"The works of Ravi Zacharias are a vital resource around our house."―Frank Peretti
"I am not aquainted with a brighter mind or a more relevant and devoted defender of the faith than Ravi Zacharias."―Charles Swindoll
"To every generation God sends a prophet. Ravi Zacharias is that prophet for this generation. You must hear him."―Josh McDowell
About the Author
Ravi Zacharias is the founder and chairman of the board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with additional offices in Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Zacharias and his wife, Margie, have three grown children.
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When he speaks of the new spiritual movements and tv evangelist, some of what is shared is very noticeable. There's a lack in some teachings in the church today that causes one to wonder. The greed of money, fame and pride oozes to a degree of misfortune for those who see it. I enjoyed the examples shared and they sadden me equally as the state of how the world is now. I was not aware of Julia Roberts and her beliefs. How gullible humans can be to cling onto a belief that molded their minds to think they are equal to God and are a god! I find Christianity and the message of Jesus so simple, encouraging without steps or levels to have a personal relationship. It is a peaceful relationship as oppose to being religious. This was a very nice read and offered lots of insights of what's really going on and my hopes that many will understand that Christianity isn't forced nor would you be killed if you choose not to believe as certain radical beliefs. Makes a person wonder the tragic ways of a belief system that keeps you confuse, empty and never fulfilled. Very informative and Mr. Zacharias approach to explain is very caring.
Because he was born in India, raised a Hindu and later converted to Christianity- along with his vast traveling throughout the globe, Ravi is able speak candidly in a way that is sharp and unapologetic, yet still above criticism of a narrow mind. He is respectful and even loving, but also far from politically correct. He even says: "I have been fairly blunt because I want readers to be brutally honest with themselves." (p. 230)
Early on he points out how television has changed our culture and even attacks, yes attacks, Oprah of all people. I mean, who doesn't like her? I was surprised, and my preconditioned - "try not to be offensive to anyone ever"- mentality was shaken. But as I continued to read, I began to understand why he would bother with Oprah or her philosophy. He explains that it is rationally "impossible to sustain truth without excluding falsehood. All religions are exclusive." He shows us how this is true and has a great understanding of Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism and other world religions.
I love the message of Christ, and the "good news," which it really is! I have never read a philosophy book that was so excited about God's love, and this book is definitely that. You can love God, Jesus and the Bible and not throw reason out the window. This book is not light reading but it is clear that Ravi loves Christ and is passionate about His truth. He says: "the message of Jesus is beautiful and magnificent and life-changing... Spirituality is not good enough. Jesus proclaims the truth- that is why it must exclude all that is contrary to it... his message bridges the greatest gulf within us- that is why it is relevant even today. (p. 269)
I will definitely read more of Ravi Zacharias' work. I have been a Christian for a long time, but I haven't been exposed to the gods of other world religions like I was in this book. I never fully understood how loving and gracious the God of the Bible is compared to the others. I will leave you with two, out of the many quotes I could have chosen, to show this point:
"...Belief in the equal value of every life is a bequest only of the Christian faith." (p. 106)
"God alone knows how to humble us without humiliating us and how to exalt us without flattering us... this is the grand truth of the Christian message" (p. 59)