If there is one man whose books I have read, watched his teachings, and listened to over and over, it must be Ravi Zacharias.
He passed on this month, and one lesson I learnt from him is the need to be compassionate and gracious to people even when armed with truth, or even when speaking from a point of power.
Let me share a few quotes from the man who is referred to as the greatest apologist of the 21st Century.
- We have a right to believe whatever we want, but not everything we believe is right.
- There is no greater discovery than seeing God as the author of your destiny.
- What I believe in my heart must make sense in my mind.
- Yes, if truth is not undergirded by love, it makes the possessor of that truth obnoxious and the truth repulsive.
- Unless I understand the Cross, I cannot understand why my commitment to what is right must be precedence over what I prefer.
- 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.
- 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.
- There can be no reproach to pain unless we assume human dignity, there is no reason for restraints on pleasure unless we assume human worth, there is no legitimacy to monotony unless we assume a greater purpose to life, there is no purpose to life unless we assume design, death has no significance unless we seek what is everlasting.
- With no fact as a referent, what is normative is purely a matter of preference.
- But life’s joys are only joys if they can be shared.
- If God is the author of life, there must be a script.
- For many in our high-paced world, despair is not a moment; it is a way of life.
- The truth is that whenever a fence is removed, it’s wise to ask why it was put there in the first place.