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Ravi Zacharias Quotes

Ravi Zacharias Quotes: If you know me well, you’d probably heard me quote profusely from this man. Or, you’ve seen me talk in great length about his teachings with great intensity and passion.

Yes, this man is one of the top five people who has made a profound, life-changing impact in my life. He is affectionally known as the 21st century C.S. Lewis.

His name is Ravi Zacharias.

If you haven’t heard of Ravi,  you’re in for a treat.

Let me distill Ravi’s legacy in one sentence.

To touch both the heart and the intellect of the thinkers and influencers of society by shaping the ideas of the culture with the credibility of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

At 22, I first heard his popular  show “Let My People Think” – a 30-minute radio program that powerfully address fundamental issues in life such as life’s meaning, the credibility of the Christian message and the Bible. His message and teachings have impacted so much I have read most of his books and attended his week-long apologetics immersion conference called RZIM Summer Institute at Wheaton College.

 

As a collector of quotes, I have been inspired by Ravi Zacharias’ wisdom. Other than my parents, he has contributed profoundly in shaping my faith. I hope you’ll enjoy these ten quotes that will redefine how you see your Christian faith.

Pleasure

“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.”

Prayer

“I do not believe that one can earnestly seek and find the priceless treasure of God’s call without a devout prayer life. That is where God speaks. The purpose of prayer and of God’s call in your life is not to make you number one in the world’s eyes, but to make him number one in your life. We must be willing to be outshone while shining for God. We hear very little about being smaller in our own self-estimate.”

Truth

“Truth that is not undergirded by love makes the truth obnoxious and the possessor of it repulsive.”

Intimacy

“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.”

Cross

“Unless I understand the Cross, I cannot understand why my commitment to what is right must take precedence over what I prefer.”

Finishing Well

“Beginning well is a momentary thing; finishing well is a lifelong thing.”

Calling

“One often sees a call only in retrospect. This too is God’s design. God often reinforces our faith after we trust him, not before.”

Love

“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.”

Grace

“One of the most staggering truths of the Scriptures is to understand that we do not earn our way to heaven. …works have a place–but as a demonstration of having received God’s forgiveness, not as a badge of merit of having earned it.”

Sin

“It was not the volume of sin that sent Christ to the cross; it was the fact of sin.”

 

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Identity

“There is no greater discovery than seeing God as the author of your destiny.”

  • “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.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “Competence is a big word. It is important. I almost want to nuance it with the idea of giftedness because sometimes you can teach a lot of skills on exposition but a person may not have the competence or the giftedness to do it. Therefore, it is very important to have that.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “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.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “Years ago I was asked this question: Do terrorists fear anything? I said, ‘I suspect they would fear a morally strong America.’ They would know that a morally strong America would not be dislodged. You can always appeal to a point of vulnerability which would break a people up. [Terrorists] don’t fear so much the weaponry as the moral courage, and I think a morally strong America would be intimidating to them.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “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.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “My goal is to satisfy the hunger and longing for those who are seeking the truth.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “When a plane crashes and some die while others live, a skeptic calls into question God’s moral character, saying that he has chosen some to live and others to die on a whim; yet you say it is your moral right to choose whether the child within you should live or die. Does that not sound odd to you? When God decides who should

    live or die, he is immoral. When you decide who should live or die, it’s your moral right.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “As I see our world, I have never seen greater confusion, greater loss of meaning, greater uncertainty, and greater fear of what looms in front of us. Politics has gotten out of control everywhere. Nobody sees a mascot or a leader, and everyone wants to know what really lies ahead here.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “We have a right to believe whatever we want, but not everything we believe is right.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “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.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “Love is a commitment that will be tested in the most vulnerable areas of spirituality, a commitment that will force you to make some very difficult choices. It is a commitment that demands that you deal with your lust, your greed, your pride, your power, your desire to control, your temper, your patience, and every area of temptation that the Bible clearly talks about. It demands the quality of commitment that Jesus demonstrates in His relationship to us.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “While theoretically a person may block God out, logically there will be a breakdown because ultimately all enunciation implies a moral doctrine of some kind. And if that moral doctrine is not absolute then the definer himself becomes undefined. That’s what we are living with – an undefined definer giving us definitions for our course, and we are being trapped in the quicksand of the absence of objective truth.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “Only through repentance and faith in Christ can anyone be saved. No religious activity will be sufficient, only true faith in Jesus Christ alone.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “You see misery, you see misfortune, you see pain, you see suffering. It’s all part of the fatalistic way of looking at life.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “The Christian faith, simply stated, reminds us that our fundamental problem is not moral; rather, our fundamental problem is spiritual. It is not just that we are immoral, but that a moral life alone cannot bridge what separates us from God. Herein lies the cardinal difference between the moralizing religions and Jesus’ offer to us. Jesus does not offer to make bad people good but to make dead people alive.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “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.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “Love is hard work. It is the hardest work I know of, work from which you are never entitled to take a vacation.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “One often sees a call only in retrospect. This too is God’s design. God often reinforces our faith after we trust him, not before.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “Unless I understand the Cross, I cannot understand why my commitment to what is right must be precedence over what I prefer.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “These days its not just that the line between right and wrong has been made unclear, today Christians are being asked by our culture today to erase the lines and move the fences, and if that were not bad enough, we are being asked to join in the celebration cry by those who have thrown off the restraints religion had imposed upon them. It is not just that they ask we accept, but they now demand of us to celebrate it too.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

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  • “It is the resurrection that makes Good Friday good.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “Having the answers is not essential to living. What is essential is the sense of God’s presence during dark seasons of questioning.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “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.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “The loss of something that is never thought of, felt, or sought for when lost is not a loss at all.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “None of us like the concept of law because none of us like the restraints it puts on us. But when we understand that God has given us his law to aid us in guarding our souls, we see that the law is for our fulfillment, not for our limitation. The law reminds us that some things, some experiences, some relationships are sacred. When everything has been profaned, it is not just my freedom that has been lost- the loss is everyone’s. God gave us the law to remind us of the sacredness of life, and our created legal systems only serve to remind us of the profane judgments we make.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “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”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “The character of Jesus has not only been the highest pattern of virtue, but the strongest incentive in its practice, and has exerted so deep an influence, that it may be truly said that the simple record of three years of active life has done more to regenerate and to soften mankind than all the disquisitions of philosophers and all the exhortations of moralists.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “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.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “Truth by definition excludes.”
    — Ravi Zacharias

  • “If you believe in subjective morality, why do you lock your doors at night?”
    — Ravi Zacharias

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