We have a right to believe whatever we want, but not everything we believe is right.— Ravi Zacharias
The most useful Ravi Zacharias quotes that are little-known but priceless
A man rejects God neither because of intellectual demands nor because of the scarcity of evidence. A man rejects God because of a moral resistance that refuses to admit his need for God.
Pleasure without God, without the sacred boundaries, will actually leave you emptier than before. And this is biblical truth, this is experiential truth. The loneliest people in the world are amongst the wealthiest and most famous who found no boundaries within which to live. That is a fact I've seen again and again.
In today's society, looking good and feeling good often trumps doing good and being good. And some people don't know the difference anymore.
Truth cannot be sacrificed at the altar of pretended tolerance.
Real tolerance is deference to all ideas, not indifference to the truth.
I think the reason we sometimes have the false sense that God is so far away is because that is where we have put him. We have kept him at a distance, and then when we are in need and call on him in prayer, we wonder where he is. He is exactly where we left him.
There are so many needs in the world, and our hearts cannot carry them all.
You must walk to the priorities God has set before you.
When secularization has had its full sway, it will leave a generation devoid of shame. And if you show me a generation that lacks shame, I will show you a generation that is monstrous in its appetite... never satisfied.
Jesus does not offer to make bad people good but to make dead people alive.
Only God is able to humble us without humiliating us and to exalt us without flattering us.
Having killed God, the atheist is left with no reason for being, no morality to espouse, no meaning to life, and no hope beyond the grave.
In his book Modern Times, the historian Paul Johnson referred to Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini as the three devils of the twentieth century. Interestingly, Nietzshean dogma influenced each of them.
To sustain the belief that there is no God, atheism has to demonstrate infinite knowledge, which is tantamount to saying, “I have infinite knowledge that there is no being in existence with infinite knowledge
I remember the time an older man asked me when I was young, "Do you know what you are doing now?" I thought it was some kind of trick question. Tell me," I said. You are building your memories," he replied, "so make them good ones.
Everyone - pantheist, atheist, skeptic, polytheist - has to answer these questions: 'Where did I come from? What is life's meaning? How do I define right from wrong and what happens to me when I die?' Those are the fulcrum points of our existence.
The biggest difference between Jesus Christ and ethical and moral teachers who have been deified by man. Is that these moralists came to make bad people good. Jesus came to make dead people live!
Love is a command, not just a feeling.
Somehow, in the romantic world of music and theater we have made love to be what it is not. We have so mixed it with beauty and charm and sensuality and contact that we have robbed it of its higher call of cherishing and nurturing.
Only through repentance and faith in Christ can anyone be saved.
No religious activity will be sufficient, only true faith in Jesus Christ alone.
Study hard. Understand not only the questions, but the questioner. Know how best to articulate the answers, but do it with humility, because ultimately the answer is in a person, the person of Christ, not in an argument. So, do your work and know how to present the answer, but do it with gentleness and meekness.
Love is the greatest apologetic. It is the essential component in reaching the whole person in a fragmented world. The need is vast, but it is also imperative that we be willing to follow the example of Jesus and meet the need.
Having the answers is not essential to living.
What is essential is the sense of God's presence during dark seasons of questioning.
Unless I understand the Cross, I cannot understand why my commitment to what is right must be precedence over what I prefer.
The ultimate test of any civilization is how we treat the most vulnerable.
.. what we do to our children. Our world has lost its direction.
Outside of the cross of Jesus Christ, there is no hope in this world.
That cross and resurrection at the core of the Gospel is the only hope for humanity. Wherever you go, ask God for wisdom on how to get that Gospel in, even in the toughest situations of life.
If God is the author of life, there must be a script.
You cannot have a boundary-less existence, because your neighbor has his own boundaries, and who is going to give you the ethics between the two boundaries? If there is no objective moral law, relativism will take hold, and relativism ultimately will lead to self-destruction.
If you believe in subjective morality, why do you lock your doors at night?
The day that each person willingly accepts himself or herself for who he or she is and acknowledges the uniqueness of God's framing process marks the beginning of a journey to seeing the handiwork of God in each life
You'll never get to a person's soul until you understand their hurts.
I am absolutely convinced that meaninglessness does not come from being weary of pain; meaninglessness comes from being weary of pleasure. And that is why we find ourselves emptied of meaning with our pantries still full.
It is the resurrection that makes Good Friday good.
Where destruction is the motive, unity is dangerous.
Isn't it ironic that after 70 years Russia wants God back while we are trying to kick him out?
An expenditure of words without income of ideas will lead to intellectual bankruptcy.
Like a child who suddenly stops sobbing when he is clasped in the arms of his mother, such will be the grip of heaven upon our souls.
What you applaud you encourage, but beware what you celebrate.
If truth is not undergirded by love, it makes the possessor of that truth obnoxious and the truth repulsive.
Where the eye is focused, there the imagination finds its raw material.
The right focus must be won at immense cost and discipline. Train the eye to see the good, and the imagination will follow suit.
Christianity is not a political theory.
It is not even a cultural theory. It is, at its root, all about changing the heart of each man and woman, boy and girl, so that we begin to think God's thoughts and act in accordance with his character.
Attempting to satisfy the passions that rage inside us and the longings that motivate us, we invent spirituality, lean on political solutions, create new villains, turn our backs on Jesus, and blame a thousand tyrannies- but we never come to terms with the source of the problem deep within the heart and inclination of every human being.
An argument may remove doubt, but only the Holy Spirit can convict of truth.
I thank the Lord that, even though things were so wrong in my life here, I finally was brought to the realization of what all those struggles were about. There are some wonderful things from your painful past, things with a beauty you may not have realized at the time.
The atheist risk everything for the present and the future, on the basis of a belief that we are uncaused by any intelligent being. We just happen to be here. That one is willing to live and die in that belief is a very high price to pay for conjecture.
Whenever you try to break God's moral law, you end up breaking yourself and hurting others - all while proving His law in the process.
History is a grim reminder of what happens to those who think they have no law but themselves.
Worship is a posture of life that takes as its primary purpose the understanding of what it really means to love and revere God.
Our intellect is not intended to be an end in itself, but only a means to the very mind of God.
I have little doubt that the single greatest obstacle to the impact of the gospel has not been its inability to provide answers, but the failure on our part to live it out.
It was not the volume of sin that sent Christ to the cross; it was the fact of sin.
It is theoretically and practically impossible to build any community apart from love and justice. If only one of these two is focused upon, an inevitable extremism and perversion follow.