Karen Farris on What Ravi Zacharias Taught Us About the Questioner

Ravi Zacharias speaks at an open forum at the University of Florida, 2019. | YouTube/RZIM

Hospitalized after surviving a suicide attempt, someone gave seventeen-year-old Ravi Zacharias a Bible. Never having really looked at one, he started reading. He came upon these words: “Because I live, you also will live.” John 14:19. It changed his suicidal life and then it helped change the lives of millions of others.

My dad had recently died, then soon after I was dealing with cancer, and plenty of financial concerns. I asked God, “Why?” It was such a challenging time. Then I found someone who could answer “why” with Biblical wisdom—Ravi Zacharias.

Ravi spent much of his career answering tough questions from those wondering about a God who didn’t seem to care about evil, destruction, death, and disease. With Biblical accuracy, Ravi answered questions with calm assurance.

But mean-spirited questions, from those who denied God’s existence, never phased Ravi. He never used his keen intellect to demean others. Ravi often said that behind the question, is the questioner. Ravi always responded respectfully. One time a college student asked why God had allowed his mom to die of cancer. Ravi sympathetically said that cancer was just one more example of the broken world in which we live and die. And cancer didn’t spare Ravi either—a rare form took his life far too soon.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Karen Farris