Why should one religion have the right to declare what is right and what is wrong?


Ankerberg: We’re going to continue with
tough questions from students, university students, in the Far East, alright? And this
question was asked, “Maybe, Ravi, we are all God. Maybe we are collectively God. And
God is experiencing himself, herself or itself through us. Nothing is absolute. There are
so many religions out there, so many people that have claimed to be the son of God before.
Christianity is a historical accident. Buddha taught the same sort of thing, so did Confucius,
so did Muhammad. They all teach pretty much the same stuff. Can we really say what’s
right and what’s wrong?” Zacharias: You know, I hear that question
in different forms, John, so many times. And one wonders where to begin. I recall a statement
by Winston Churchill after one of his nemeses had gone into a tirade about him and called
him all kinds of nasty things. And when that person finished, Churchill just leaned over
to the person next to him and said, “There, but for the grace of God, goes God.”
You know, the way we behave shows we are anything but divine. And so when you talk about, for
example, Confucius saying the same thing, no, he doesn’t. Actually Confucius believed
in the innate goodness of humanity; and Jesus taught that we are all sinful. You talk about
Buddha saying the same thing, no, he didn’t. Gautama Buddha was, if not an atheist, a non-theist.
He never said anything about the existence of God. The whole idea of Nirvana is really
to end up in a state of not desiring, not wanting. And yet Jesus told us to hunger and
thirst after righteousness; and that’s how we will be filled. And so they are diametrically
opposite propositions here. Islam, for example, claims that Jesus never
died on the cross, it only appeared that he died on the cross. That is historically challenged
by every other history or religion—whether you look at pagan historians, Greek historians,
Roman historians, Jewish historians, Christian historians. Every one of us tells us that
he died on the cross, and then they claim ultimately that he rose again from the dead.
So these religions are not all saying the same thing.
Take another example. If you ask a Hindu, “How do you obtain Moksha, release, or Nirvana?
And the Hindu will tell you it is when you have paid your Karmic debt. Every birth is
a re-birth. That in itself is different, you know, the Bible says, “It is appointed unto
a person only once to die.” But when you have paid your Karmic debt is what the pantheist
will tell you. And there’s a shade of difference within Buddhism and Hinduism and what this
ultimate state is actually about. If you ask a Muslim, “How do you obtain Paradise,”
he or she will tell you your good deeds are going to be weighed against your bad deeds.
So it’s a different view, or way of looking at things.
Jesus Christ tells a story of the prodigal son. The boy renounced his father, took his
inheritance, squanders it. Goes away into the far country; ends up messing his life
up completely. And turns around and he is wanting to come back to his father. To me,
John, as an Easterner reading this story, here comes the shock, okay. An Easterner would
be thinking, “He’s coming back, what is his dad going to do? How is he going to wait
in the inside? What is he going to say when…?” No, no, no! Jesus, the Father, gets up and
goes out of the house. He goes out of the house to meet his son halfway as he is coming
back. Any Eastern boy or girl listening to me knows
this is counterintuitive to the Eastern father. The Eastern father would have expected him
to come and grovel and whatever it is, do all that it took. He goes and embraces his
son and says, “This, my son, was lost and is found; was dead and is alive.” This message
of grace and forgiveness is unique in all of the religions of the world: That the heavenly
father pursues you; and when you return the heavenly father receives you.
Forgiveness and grace is the story of the gospel. It’s not a cheap forgiveness, it’s
not just like, “Okay, I’m forgiving you.” It cost the very dearest thing in the death
of Jesus on the cross to take the judgment and take the pain so that you and I could
be forgiven. All religions are fundamentally different.
At best some of the ethical imperatives may be similar, but even there the ethical imperatives
in most religions are a means to your salvation. In the Christian faith it is the fruit of
your salvation. You do not attain it by your good works; you are forgiven and the good
works are an expression of your gratitude to the gift that your heavenly father has
given to you. Ankerberg: Ravi, you’ve got two more illustration
that I want you to share with the audience about those who hold to a pantheist view.
Zacharias: Yes. One happened, of all places, at Gainesville, the University of Florida,
John. And we had finished the talk, and this man walks over. And it’s funny, we’ve
actually captured it on video, because it is almost humorous to see it. He lumbers over
and comes up to the microphone and he says, “How do I know that I exist?” And, of
course, there is a half-groan, half-laughter. But everybody is leaning forward because they’re
wondering how you even answer a question like that.
So I answered it by telling it by telling him what Professor Nathan at the University
of New York used to say when students asked him that. He would lower his glass and say,
“And who shall I say is asking?” In the tests of truth, one of the tests is the undeniability
test. You cannot deny your own existence without affirming it at the same time. It’s like
saying, “I cannot speak a word of English;” while you are saying that, you are actually
speaking a word of English. So in the pantheistic worldview the struggle
for identity is key. You have an “I/you” relationship. You see, meditation is trying
to take you away into a capital “I”. You look inwards and you meditate. But the fact
of the matter is, they still tell you, you have to transcend that state into some sublime
consciousness or whatever. In the world of reality, you and I exist as different entities.
That’s why the hunger for God; that’s why the sacrificial system comes into so many
of these plays; that’s why the bending of the knee; that’s why the offering that takes
place in temples. It is existentially inescapable that we live in an “I/you” world.
And interestingly enough, in the Christian world you don’t look for union, you look
for communion, in fellowship and relationship with the living God. We are in an “I/you”
world. Ankerberg: You also have a second illustration
that talks to those that are in the Far East. Tell that story about the young lady that
talked to you in a hotel in India. Zacharias: This was quite a staggering story,
you know, John. If you had asked me about 15-20 years ago I would never have thought
something like this would happen. I was in Delhi, staying at one of the fine places there,
trying to take care of my health and so on. And this person contacted a mutual friend.
And she said, “I would like to see you.” And so she comes and she tells me her story.
Working at one of the prestigious places out there she said, “You know, I married against
my parents will. I married somebody from the lower caste. But we were happily married.
Then I was posted to a job in another city.” And she gave me the name of the city. She
was still working there. She said, “When I was there, I got into
another relationship, and my husband suspected it. But because I had married somebody from
the lower caste, we were ostracized. I had lost my family; he had lost his family. And
now I had got into this relationship, and he began to suspect. And he came to see me.
And he says to me, ‘Is this true’? Long story, she says, “Yeah.” He says, “How
can you do this to me? I gave up my family, gave up everything, and now you are doing
this to me.” She began to just commiserate with him, argue. He said, “Look, if you
are not going to come back to me I just want one request. I will go away for a little while.
I am going to come back. I want to put my head on your lap for just 30 minutes. I promise
I will not touch you. And if you will give me that privilege, I promise I will never
bother you again.” She thought it was a strange request. He goes
and comes back. She puts a pillow on her lap. He lies down with his head on her lap, and
he is just looking into her face. A few moments go by, he gets violently ill. He convulses,
goes into some kind of seizure and he is throwing up and is miserably sick. And what had happened
is he had taken some rat poison before he came. He was attempting suicide. He ends dying.
Take him to the hospital. And she is still shaken by this, you know.
You could tell in her face. And she said, “I have been going from place to place,
and I finally went to a guru or priest and he told me what the reason was. He said in
his previous life he had raped a little girl and this was his karma. You can live free
from guilt.” And I am sitting across the table listening
to an educated upper-middle-class woman telling me this story. I said, “Has it worked? Have
you forgotten all of this?” And she said, “No, I can’t shake it off.”
You see, we all know that ultimately we cannot lift ourselves up by our bootstraps of any
cosmic debt that we think we are to pay. We all know that my good deeds will never outweigh
my bad deeds. This is the beauty of the gospel of Jesus Christ who forgives, comes to you,
and says the problem is inside. Sin is the thing we don’t like, but it is a rebellion
against God, loss of purpose. When I received Jesus Christ into my life
at the age of 17, he redefined everything. Here I am over half a century later, John,
more in love with Jesus Christ than ever before, realizing more than before that outside of
him there are no answers. He offers me redemption, salvation.

100 comments

  1. I am amazed and saddened that this wonderful wisdom and truth would be considered potentially harmful harmful to someone.

  2. This is good that this video comes with a warning. All through history there's always been someone trying to silence Christianity. And this is where Christianity just gets stronger.

  3. Jesus forgives people that sin. And keeps forgiving people who make mistakes that ask him to change that person's life.. And that person keeps trying to change their life… Jesus made miracles happen. Not making magic.. Mohammad made up his own religion..

  4. It is just wrong that this content is censored! Shame on you YouTube for thinking that you can be some sort of moral arbiter. This is civil discussion, it should be encouraged not censored.

  5. The truth is always offensive . People prefers darkness to the light because their deeds are evil. Thank you Ravi for the clarity of the message.
    It is easy to understand that a child is can be afraid of the darkness. The real drama is when adults are afraid of the light.
    Jesus said "I am the light of the World"

  6. Look they are trying so hard to censor truth! The YouTube fascist police even removed the “share” option as well as the “similar videos” links underneath! WOW!!!

    Qanon has already told us this is coming but the deep state will NOT WIN! They are getting desperate, as we can see with these attempts to suppress truth!

    WWG1WGA

  7. This is “offensive” to people who cannot consider another person’s point of view without being threatened by it.

  8. It is a must watch and there's nothing wrong with it. All religious groups have their videos on on here and nobody complains. So why complain about Christian views?

  9. This guy does not talk about why or why not religions have the right to day they are correct, he just talks about how other religions that arent Christianity are wrong because they aren't christianity

  10. The idea that Ravi Zacharias comments are labeled as offencive is offencive to me. If you can't stand the heat Don't Go Near The Kitchen

  11. I open this video and you tube tells me that this video potentially offensive to some viewers.

    What so offensive about his opinion?? If you disagree make your counter opinion.

  12. Warning possible MASS hypnosis will occur if left exposed with gullible people…. LOL nope didn't even work probably just warning that your about to hear some of the SAME EXACT and lame rehearsed scriptures and may cause drowsiness lol

  13. Wow! I’m so blown away … he is so good! Jesus cover you Ravi as u continue to teach the gospel!

  14. Why did I get a warning about this YouTube video. It’s a freedom of religion. Don’t hate YouTube!!!!

  15. It must be difficult for the YOUTUBE community that deem this video offensive? It goes to show how inherently weak and spineless and fearful they are! So sad. At least they still have their puppy dog videos to make them superficially human.

  16. Hey YouTube Sensor this 🖕 you Devil worshiping anti-American anti-God satanic Corp.
    I can't wait until the day you go down!!

  17. Someone flagged. This video. You must be one sad closed minded person to do that. If you don't want to watch it then move on. Don't flag something you think you disagree with

  18. Warning! Warning! Danger Will Robinson! You may be cast out of hell and condemned to heaven as a result of exposure to this content!! You have been warned!!!

  19. Seriously YouTube can you not discern opinions, whoever reported this as offensive has probably the same statements of their beliefs system, but only the people who are Christian get hammered for theirs, please grow up.

  20. Google you lost your senses. Why don't you search it. This video has the right Information and doesn't need a warning.

  21. All theories theological and/or scientific must be in harmony with reasoning and science and both conforming to the immutable laws of nature. Just as human evolving from a chimpanzee is a breach, so is the resurrection of the dead.

    It is the ruder stage of civilization.
    "But there is another prejudice which is cherished by many scholars evidently under the impression of its being a well-recognized scientific doctrine. It is that in the ruder stages of civilization, when the laws of nature are little known and but little understood, when mankind has not enough of the experience of the world, strict methods of correct reasoning are very seldom observed." Swami Dayanand
    Albert Einstein agrees with the above – "We see the universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws but only dimly understand these laws." Scholars of theology, except the Aryas, have no understanding at all and for those of science, it is dim. – vjsingh.info

  22. I have such respect like teacher's like this man and others who will valiantly stand and do extended research in God's word. If God continues to allow me to grow in His Word Bythoway l don't deserve. Than what we know in the bible none is perfect But God has allowed us to decide between our knowledge or His righteousness. Bless those who try to teach in truth like this man and other's who l admire.

  23. To the 87 dislikes…pay very close attention to this…JUST DON’T WATCH IT. You obviously had some sort of interest in the content, otherwise it would not show up in your results. Perhaps you are looking to be offended. Maybe you are just seeking content that you don’t agree with so that you can try to cause trouble for those who do agree with it. Please reflect on your motives for seeking this content. When you are honest with yourself do you find that you are actually looking for something to complain about?
    You should try turning off videos that are offensive to you. You may discover that it is very liberating to exercise your power to ignore it. However, you may also find that you are drawn to this content because you have the same primal hunger experienced by the rest of the human race…the need for restoration as person who is created in the image of the Creator but has violated the purpose for which you were created. If you truly desire real freedom, genuine humanity, then allow Him to relieve you of the slavery inflicted upon you by your own rebellion. Of course you didn’t ask for this bondage to the evil forces in the world. For that reason, the Creator justly offers you a remedy for it…an escape from the servitude common to all humans. While we have inherited this fallen, estranged nature, there is no need to defiantly resist the One who can and will restore you. Your destiny is in your own hands. But there are only two eternal options. Choose to continue in your refusal to accept an undeserved acquittal and pay for it yourself eternally. OR accept the acquittal and take full advantage of the payment that has already been made in your name. Don’t leave the greatest wealth ever offered on the table.

  24. What a privilege it is to listen to this wise and most knowledgeable Gentleman…. I thank God for the ministry He has called you exercise Dr Ravi Zacharias…. May you continue to proclaim and defend the deep truths of the gospel with boldness and eloquence…And with such great diplomacy, as only you can. (The warning / disclaimer at the commencement of this video is ludicrous…. I failed to find anything "inappropriate or offensive" in the content… More like an attempt to sabotage the truth I guess. )

  25. Wow, YouTube is now labeling truth as “offensive”. The message of forgiveness, grace, and love is a stark difference to pop culture, and other worldly belief systems. We understand exactly who YouTube is placating. Shame on you YouTube!

  26. Why is this video being flagged… The content is appropriate for all Cultures and All genertaiton…. I better download it and share it before its deleted by Youtube…..Its is such a shame such content is consindered abhorent yet Youtube is filled with Neagitve diabolical videos…..

  27. A FANTASTIC answer to a good question.
    Why does YouTube force viewers of this video to confirm an untruth before they can watch it?

  28. Are you serious? I just listened to hou Christians are being persecuted in places and then I hit play and you warned me that this content is offensive to some. Are we still a Christian Nation? Why do you think we've done so damn well even though people have warped everything good God is still for you, and me. I am a proud Democratic independent and a Christian! Is somebody going to be offended about Buddhism, Hinduism or Islam enough for you to warn people if you play a video about any of those religious? Get real!

  29. That guru deserves a beating. Anyone who doesn't realise the guy who took rat poison was the indian equivalent to Romeo deserves a full force facepalm.

  30. Wow. Did anyone else get the warning that this video is deemed offense by those in the YouTube community? It’s literally one old man asking another questions about Christianity. What’s truly offense is that warning itself.

  31. It’s those idiots out there that don’t believe in Christianity that try to condemn this way of thinking. It’s those who are wrong!

  32. I agree this shouldn't be labeled this bad content or something is offense of people don't have to watch it if they don't want to but the truth is the truth

  33. You listen and there's one thing that comes to mind: 1 Corinthians 6:19
    What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

    God does truly works thru. God bless you Ravi Zacharias

  34. To the people who think that this important video should be censored should rethink of what there beliefs are alongwith their religious views. It’s a message that every human should listen, judge and compare but instead it’s the saddest part that the truth has been ignored worldwide and satanic beliefs are overtaking this world. Actually they know that somewhere the message is revealing the fact and truth which they don’t want to accept that’s why they are annoyed. May the risen Lord Jesus Christ fill your hearts with love and peace. Special thanks to sir ravi zacharias for the wonderful answer.

  35. This video is censored for one reason and one reason alone. the devil doesn't want people to know the truth. wake up people!

  36. @John Ankerberg Show
    The Youtube "community" of those who aren't Christian, have declared your self-righteous declaration only your cult can decide what's right and wrong as idiotic and dangerous. That's the same thinking which caused the middle ages, the Spanish inquisition, the Salem Witch Trials, etc.
    Those of us who aren't Christian know your track record when in power. We don't want to be burned at the stake, or dunked on a chair in water over a pond.
    Got it?

  37. There is also sexually explicit material on YouTube. If you find this offensive, YouTube, and not your sexually explicit material I would say you have an extreme moral dilemma. Also please do explain to me YouTube how and where in this particular video, in any way at all, is there danger to any one person. I think you have fallen into confusion, have been blinded, and hoodwinked.

  38. This video is deemed possibly "offensive" yet I guarantee there won't be any such warnings on rap or music videos with half-naked women.

  39. Why is YouTube censoring this? He is explaining the difference between Christianity and other world religions. That is offensive?

  40. Terrific presentation. Just AMAZING to see that philosophical discussions are now deemed 'offensive" to some audiences by YouTube…SMH

  41. ReallyYoutube? The only thing I found offensive was the fact that someone on your staff found this video potentially offensive.

  42. Youtube pushing an anti-God agenda so no surprise a warning has been placed on this video. Many at the Youtube head office will unfortunately be going to hell.

  43. They want to censor this but not all the other Filth on YouTube, I've seen plenty of naked people on here but this has a warning 🙄

  44. Not necessarily. Does the undeniable paradigm exist alone or is it balanced at least in concept by deniability. If you want. What ever belief can do skeptism can undo if you let it.

  45. Youtube deems this inappropriate…..but I'll bet if it was a Muslim answering the questions it would certainly Not be labeled……

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