Ravi Zacharias: The Existence of God


This message will deal with the problem of atheism by summarizing the arguments for the existence of God.

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41 Comments

  1. Gary Walker says:

    As an unapologetic Atheist, on hearing that Zacharias has inoperable cancer, I send my thoughts and prayers to this liar and loser who inspired so many to ignore science and evidence.

  2. bandstem says:

    There is no God. Think for yourself.

  3. Kali 808 says:

    RIP Ravi

  4. in2JC Lala says:

    I SEE JESUS IN BRO RAVI ZACHARIAS.

  5. Gary Walker says:

    Ravi is a liar. http://www.raviwatch.com

  6. Karen Lippett says:

    Ravi, you have served the LORD OUR GOD SO FAITHFULLY. May HE hold you now through your illness and show you and your family so much joy. Thank you Margie for sharing him with us all.

  7. S Rahman says:

    These guys are the spawn of satan. They lie cheat a deceive live in luxury abuse kids, women, still there congregation starves while the live it up. See link below for the lies of this sex pest.
    https://youtu.be/yYyrawt0rzw

  8. John Wilkes says:

    Total nonsense!

  9. J Maneri says:

    Dr.Ravi is also sick right now with terminal cancer and was sent away because of the rapid progression of this terminal illness I ask that we who love the lord pray for him that God cure him and if not pray for the loved ones he must leave behind, Ian a face in the crowd no one special but special to Christ Jesus. Our time here is short.God has made his legacy known we should all do our part and love one another and even pray for all who are facing loss , However God will gain another angel in heaven because of his sacrifice and humility I believe many soul at this late hour will be saved since God is first.

  10. Mohammed Zaheeruddin says:

    Jesus is prophet of God (period).

  11. King Reginald says:

    There are many facts that support Christianity: Documentary, historical/archealogical, scientific and prophetic.

    DOCUMENTATION

    Thousands of ancient, hand-copied documents—referred to as “manuscripts”— provide proof of the New Testament and Old Testament’s historical consistency. In fact, there is significantly more documentation for the books of the Bible than there are for other historically recognized authors and literature, such as Plato and The Iliad.

    2. ARCHEOLOGICAL FINDINGS

    Excavation sites and artifacts also provide evidence that many of the events, people and places mentioned in the Bible really existed—such as the city Jericho and its famous walls or the Hittites, a people group once thought by skeptics to be a myth.
    In 2005 Israeli archaeologist Eilat Mazar found King David's palace relying on the Bible as one of her many tools. She says:
    “What is amazing about the Bible is that very often we see that it is very accurate and sometimes amazingly accurate.” (from Using the Bible As Her Guide)

    3. THE LIFE OF JESUS

    The fact that Jesus was a true, historical person is clearly documented by Jewish manuscripts, even before the Apostle Paul and the writers of Gospels provided their eye witness accounts. Other ancient cultural documents also reference his existence. For instance, the Roman leader and historian Tacitus wrote:

    “Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus …”

    The Jewish historian Josephus wrote:

    "Being therefore this kind of person [i.e., a heartless Sadducee], Ananus, thinking that he had a favorable opportunity because Festus had died and Albinus was still on his way, called a meeting [literally, “sanhedrin”] of judges and brought into it the brother of Jesus-who-is-called-Messiah … James by name, and some others. He made the accusation that they had transgressed the law, and he handed them over to be stoned".

    -The Ressurection:
    in addition to the empty tomb, several extra-biblical writers attested to the fact that eye-witnesses who saw the risen Jesus died insisting they had seen Jesus, alive and well, after a crucifixion that should have left Him unrecognizably disfigured. Clement of Rome reported the deaths of Peter and Paul. Ignatius, Polycarp, Dionysius of Corinth, Tertullian, and Origen all affirmed that people died because of their belief they had seen Jesus resurrected. While many may die for a belief, these are martyrs who died for what they claimed they saw. They had no reason to lie. Saying Jesus had not risen would have given them a chance for a relatively peaceful, prosperous life. Insisting He was raised brought them multiple scourgings, imprisonments, and horrific deaths.There is no theory that can explain the eye-witness accounts except that Jesus really was resurrected.

    4. FULFILLED PROPHECIES

    The Bible contains hundreds, even thousands, of prophecies that have been fulfilled. They include detailed descriptions of events that would later happen to the Jewish people and surrounding nations, eg:- Daniel and Zechariah both prophesied about the rise of the Macedonian Empire out of Greece. Daniel's prophecies are so direct that some scholars have tried to move his historical lifetime closer to Alexander's to explain their accuracy.
    Daniel wrote in the sixth century BC, hundreds of years before Alexander lived. Zechariah wrote between 520 and 470 BC. Alexander was born more than 100 years later, in 356 BC. And prophecies about the life and death of Christ.

    5. REDEEMED LIVES

    The Bible speaks to the condition of the human soul in a way that has life-changing impact. There are countless examples of people whose lives have been radically changed by the Bible. Just to name a few:
    -Paul was a zealous persecutor of the church until the risen Christ appeared to him on the road to Damascus, After that meeting, Paul became the primary apostle of Christianity, preaching and teaching and planting churches throughout the ancient world.
    -C.S. Lewis, a former atheist who became one of the world’s most influential Christian apologists.
    -John Newton, a slave-ship master who converted to Christianity and later wrote the famous hymn, “Amazing Grace.”
    -Norma McCorvey, the woman at the heart of the U.S. Supreme Court case that resulted in nationwide legalized abortion, Roe v. Wade. She then spoke for the right of the preborn to live.

    6.SCIENTIFIC FACTS

    The Bible refers to over a 100 accurate scientific facts. Here are just a few examples.

    Example 1. One of the most curious statements in the Bible is found in Amos 5:8. “seven stars and Orion.” science only knew of six stars in the Pleiades constellation. Consequently, the translators just wrote “seven stars.”
    Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion …. Amos 5:8
    He who made the Pleiades and Orion .. Amos 5:8
    Today, modern astronomy knows there are seven stars. The seventh star is very dim and can only be seen with telesecope. So modern translators can now put a name to the constellation Pleiades. How did the Old Testament authors know there were seven stars in the Pleiades constellation?

    Example 2. The book of Job records a very interesting scientific statement.

    . . . And hangs the earth on nothing. Job 26:7

    This statement says the earth hangs on “nothing.” The Hebrew word for “nothing” means nothingness or void. The earth is floating in a void. This is a remarkable statement since the scientists of the time and the religious beliefs of the time said the earth was carried on the shoulder of a mythogical god, rested on the back of elephant for example. How did the writer of Job know the earth hung in space, before science discovered this to be true? The Bible stated this as truth in 2,000 B.C

    Example 3 The earth is round
    Isaiah 40:22 (written 2,800 years ago): “It is He who sits above the circle of the earth.”
    The Bible informs us that the earth is round. Though it once was commonly believed the earth was flat, it was the Scriptures that inspired Christopher Columbus to sail around the world. He wrote: “It was the Lord who put it into my mind…There is no question the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit because He comforted me with rays of marvelous illumination from the Holy Scriptures…”.

    These six evidences are just a portion of what exists that confirms the reliability of the Bible. Examining the evidence and coming to the conclusion that the Bible is true is a transformational realization. It changes the way we think and act as we recognize that God has given us his Word to guide us.

  12. Randy Claywell says:

    At least he didn't accuse the Samaritan woman of being a who're.

  13. Татьяна Т says:

    Thank you for God's wisdom, Dr Ravi

  14. josh portie says:

    Starts things off with a Luciferian philosopher….

  15. Carol Gwilt says:

    I too faced suicide many years ago…..as I was getting my thoughts together to poison myself and my little dog in my car by carbon monoxide poisoning. I heard these words…….His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me!!!!!! I was a Christian from a very young age…..around 7 years old…….but at the point where I was I just couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel and it wasn't a train coming……When I heard these words I knew my Lord was with me through thick and thin…..that He would NEVER leave me nor forsake me…I am now 62 years old and I am watching and waiting for the return of my Lord, King Jesus!!!! Coming in the clouds to take His bride home!!!!! Keep strong, keep looking up…..for soon we fly away !!!!!

  16. Hairy Bear says:

    News Flash: God will rid the entire Earth of this evil pestilence called Corona 19 virus on Sunday 17 May 2020……if only you pray for it hard enough. So go for it, ye believers. Dare to test your faith.

  17. Gary Walker says:

    Ravi is a fraud, like all who peddle the lie of christianity for tithe.

  18. alecrebel says:

    Dr. Zacharias is always different and exalting!

  19. bonnie43uk says:

    Evolution doesn't make any claims about the big bang Ravi, you should know that.

  20. Louis Adu-Amoah says:

    The idea that Deep Blue has a mind is absurd. How can an object that wants nothing, fears nothing, enjoys nothing, needs nothing and cares about nothing have a mind? It can win at chess, but not because it wants to.
    It isn’t happy when it wins or sad when it loses. What are its after-the-match plans if it beats Kasparov? Is it hoping to take Deep Pink out for a night on the town? It doesn’t care about chess or anything else. It plays the game for the same reason a calculator adds or a toaster toasts: because it is a machine designed for that purpose.
    No matter what amazing feats they perform, inside they will always be the same absolute zero. No computer can achieve artificial thought without achieving artificial emotion too…
    In the long run I doubt if there is any kind of human behavior computers can’t fake, any kind of performance they can’t put on. It is conceivable that one day, computers will be better than humans at nearly everything. I can imagine that a person might someday have a computer for a best friend. But that will be sad — like having a dog for your best friend, only sadder.
    The gap between human and surrogate is permanent and will never be closed. Machines will continue to make life easier, healthier, richer and more puzzling…’
    Now listen to this line. He couldn’t resist it:
    ‘And human beings will continue to care, ultimately, about the same things they always have: about one another and, many of them, about God.’

  21. Manni Salic says:

    Just wasting your time!

  22. leq says:

    Christians wake up! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_SflqyeL0k

    Q- Who is God?

    A- Jesus

    Q- is Jesus the Son of Mary?

    A- Yes

    Q- who created Mary?

    A- God

    Q- who is God?

    A- Jesus

    Q- is Jesus the begotten son?

    A- Yes

    Q- who is his father?

    A- God

    Q- who is God?

    A- Jesus

    Q- is Jesus a servant of God?

    A- yes

    Q- did Jesus die on the cross?

    A- Yes

    Q- who resurrected him?

    A- God

    Q- is Jesus the messenger of God?

    A- Yes

    Q- who sent him?

    A- God

    Q- who is God?

    A- Jesus

    Q- did Jesus worship a deity while on earth?

    A- yes

    Q- who did he worship?

    A- God

    Q- who is God?

    A- Jesus

    Q- does God have a beginning?

    A- No

    Q- then who was born on Christmas?

    A- Jesus

    Q- is Jesus God?

    A- yes

    Q- where is God?

    A- in heaven

    Q- how many gods are there in heaven?

    A- only one God

    Q- where's Jesus?

    A- he's seated on the right hand of God

    Q- then how many gods are there?

    A- only one God who is THREE IN ONE, and it's only understood by those with holy spirit.

    ??????????????????????????????

    CONCLUSION:

    Christian = Humongous load of bullcrap

    Christianity = INVALID as fakkkkk

    Bible = Corrupted beyond repair

  23. Folk Aart says:

    Every argument for god is an argument from ignorance. Nobody infers a god from the simple, from the known, or from what is understood, but rather from the complex, from the unknown and the incomprehensible. Our ignorance is called god and what we know is called science. Atheism is nothing more than sincere rational thinking, intellectual honesty.

  24. Marcel Roos says:

    When Love fades, we have to rely on moralism, with love at work, moralism is unnecessary

  25. Richard Weller says:

    Ravi Zacharias is very popular here in the Ex-Gay Community. God has blessed him.

  26. Mumtaz Augustine says:

    How can I contact Pastor Ravi in person pls

  27. German Sherrington says:

    In a nutshell, Christians don't have any proof of God's existence, they only talk about how something powerful must have created the universe, which has to be GOD. And the writers of the bible just wrote a story about how they THINK the world was created and structured the principles relating to what this God wants for us….and that's bullshit

  28. Claude LeBel says:

    A brilliant man but intellect will not get you there. The peace that passeth all understanding is not dependant on words, beliefs or arguments. Let him argue with Sam Harris all he wants. It will not bring him peace.

  29. Claude LeBel says:

    How many of you believers in God are willing to go all the way and state that you know that God exists? Why are you satisfied with belief when we all know that beliefs may turn out to be wrong. Why do people go around saying I believe, I believe instead of I know, I know?

    Do you have the courage to say that you KNOW and stake your life on it?

  30. Daril Caldwell says:

    All you have to do is read your Bible but these apologist try to convince people by natural means

  31. Amado Ursua says:

    The existence of God can be demonstrated.  But the human mind is capable of coming up with, and getting itself to believe, all sorts of bizarre things.  So it is hardly surprising that some people have also denied the existence of God.

  32. Treasa Samuel says:

    Wonderful/ owesome explanation about God's existence
    Dear Ravi It is Jesus speaks through you as he promised not to worry what to speak and I will tell you what you must speak
    I love brother. May God bless u

  33. Armando C. says:

    When Eve gave Adam the fruit. It was to show the woman can weaken the man since she came from him and if they both agree or fall they choose to fall together, that's their love.

    The knowledge they gained from eating the fruit wanst the problem but why they wanted that knowledge and what they did with that knowledge was.

    They doubted God, thought they knew better than god, and put themselves above God even after they had the evidence many ask for, to see and be with god.

    Please ponder on what's said in the bible, the fundamentals. Please ponder on how its said in the bible, the principles.

  34. Wes Leinon says:

    A most brilliant insight, into the most brilliant and perfect story and life of Jesus Christ. For those with unhardened hearts, they will know all others but Christ forever fall short.

  35. John David says:

    Jesus is my Lord and my God

  36. ladieslilbitch says:

    There is a certain lack of humility – arrogance – that I sense about him I do not respect even though I agree with most of his points.

  37. Some Winters says:

    Amazing,

  38. divoC 91 says:

    I can't believe the amount of people who support this man…
    Ravi is King of Logical Fallacies.
    No one….not a single person has ever produced empirical evidence of a god!
    Empirical Evidence:
    Empirical evidence is the information received by means of the senses, particularly by observation and documentation of patterns and behavior through experimentation. 
    In order to KNOW something is true (ice expands as it freezes for example) you must apply the Scientific Method!
    The scientific method is an empirical method of acquiring knowledge that has characterized the development of science since at least the 17th century. It involves careful observation, applying rigorous skepticism about what is observed, given that cognitive assumptions can distort how one interprets the observation. It involves formulating hypotheses, via induction, based on such observations; experimental and measurement-based testing of deductions drawn from the hypotheses; and refinement (or elimination) of the hypotheses based on the experimental findings. These are principles of the scientific method, as distinguished from a definitive series of steps applicable to all scientific enterprises.
    You only believe in God because of:
    Childhood Indoctrination
    Logical Fallacies
    Scientific Ignorance
    Confirmation Bias….

  39. Tim Lutz says:

    THE BASIC LIES, that we tell ourselves. Are that; We cannot love evil,  but others can.

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  41. Tharanga Jayasanka says:

    God concept of Christians never real. Just for fools.