Friday, January 09, 2009

Ravi Zacharias - University of Florida Q&A

University of Flor...


University of Florida Q&A
(part 2 of 3)
by Ravi Zacharias
Is there a moral or a natural law that transcends all else? Is there an irrepressible sense of right and wrong – or are they what we make them? Can God be known outside of the Scriptures? Tough questions – and Ravi answers them all in today’s interchange from the University of Florida.
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Here is part of a Q&A given by Ravi Zacharias at the University of Florida doing a Q&A session. I guess Ravi is a gluten for punishment. I really like his answer to a very tough question about the sanctity of life. I really appreciate Ravi's solution to the problem. Our human, intuitive idea is to change from the top down and to challenge these large groups and organizations that promote such things as "choice" or abortion and many times in the name of morality. But, that is not the way we have been given by Jesus Christ. He has chosen the preaching of the Gospel. He has chosen the changing of the hearts and minds of individuals. Then that will be what changes the laws and these organizations. Those organizations will lose their support one by one.

2 Corinthians 5 (English Standard Version)

17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Notice this passage points to the fact that when someone is in Christ, that is the point to where they really change. It does no good to get people to abide or behave a certain way. We really have only deterred them from that sin if we really have deterred them. They still need a savior and so do we. Pointing to specific sins only seems to create Pharisees in Christianity. We can easily be pointing at the sins out there. But, what about the sin in here (pointing to the heart)? There has to be a solution for the sinful human heart. Well, it is Christ, the Savior of the wicked, and we are all humbled by His gift of grace and faith.

Ultimately, we are not to be hated for our stance on abortion or any other social or political view. If we are to be hated for anything, it would be for the sake of Christ and His Gospel message. This message does not come naturally to our minds we have to be reminded of this on a regular basis. It is crucial for the life and growth of the church to reach out to the lost and to keep the Found humbled. As Ravi says in this message and I have quoted him before. "Christ did not come to make bad people good... He came to make dead people live."

Thanks for visiting and for those who have been supporting me and returning and encouraging me. Please continue to pray for me as I prepare for my mission trip to India. I will continue to update the thermometer to show how it is going. I'm giving about half of what is needed myself.

Grace and Peace,
Chris Allen
Coram Deo!!!

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