Why Jesus? (Part 2) Ravi Zacharias Gives Answers
This is Part-2 of a glimpse of author and Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias’ explanation of Christianity and critique of the New Spirituality in his book Why Jesus? Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality.
Dr. Zacharias comments on the hypocrisy of many new spiritualists:
“It is interesting, don’t you think, that a God who describes his sacrificial love for each of us as a jealous love merits rejection, but demagogues jealous of one another’s successes who engage in outrage and lawsuits are considered decent and peaceful.”1
The allure of power and healing is strong. Some offer to heal you. Others want you to heal yourself. Dr. Zacharias concludes:
“When it comes right down to it, what he and other “alternative” healers are really selling to the gullible is hope for healing and the hope of living forever. But it is a hope based on mysticism, imagination, and good marketing skills rather than on science.”2
Nothing strokes the ego more than believing we are Divine, however:
“The heart of humanity is pride, greed, and lust… insisting on having our way. We do not have the seeds of divinity. That is the ultimate seduction.”3
Inconsistency and Empty Words
And on the unthinking belief that all religions are equally true:
“To sound grand and magnanimous by saying, “I accept all religions,” is actually to either violate them all or violate reason, or both.”4
Dr. Zacharias points out the consistency of their inconsistency when fantasy is inconveniently interrupted by reality:
“Strange, is it not, that those who believe in Mother Earth blame Father God when Mother Earth misbehaves?” 5
After reading Eckhardt Tolle’s A New Earth: Awakening to Your LIfe’s Purpose after several people recommended it, I was left speechless. Fortunately, Dr. Zacharias had the words:
“Tolle is the master of saying nothing while the masses sit and gaze at him in awe. I find it hard to believe that his pronouncements on life’s deepest issues are actually taken with any seriousness by his readers. That is as kindly as I can state it.”6
Understanding the New Spirituality
Dr. Zacharias sums up the New Spirituality:
“See the New Age Spirituality for what it is; a systemic methodology of appealing to a cultural mind-set that despises certain things and that follows a reductionistic approach that actually distorts any claimant to truth that differs from those the New Spirituality endorses in order to make them all say the same thing. This is the goal of the New Spirituality. Bring everything to the same level. There is a clear agenda. In their deep prejudice against Christianity, advocates of the New Spirituality malign the Christ of history in order to remake him into an image that is consistent with their ideas.”7
Everyone has been hurt:
“We all have learned through personal tragedies and mistakes that mixing the truth with untruth creates a toxic environment. None of us are spared. A lie seldom comes in recognizable form. It is usually smuggled in as small grains that poison the whole. That is why Jesus referred to the enemy of our souls as the father of all lies.”8
Finally, the importance of a worldview:
“Worldviews begin by definitions. Definitions create boundaries. Violations of those boundaries elicit condemnation. That condemnation itself excludes. It is impossible to sustain truth without excluding falsehood. All religions are exclusive.”9
If you are interested in investigating the claims of Jesus and understanding the spiritual landscape in the West, this book is a good place to start.
- Ratio Christi: Bringing Students Back to Life
- Cultural Captives: Beliefs, Behavior, and the Future of America
- Apologetics: It’s Not About Saying You’re Sorry
1 Zacharias, Ravi (2012-01-25). Why Jesus?: Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality . Hachette Book Group. Kindle Edition. loc. 1240.
2 Ibid., loc. 1260.
3 Ibid., loc. 1345.
4 Ibid., loc. 1432.
5 Ibid., loc. 2511.
6 Ibid., loc. 2704.
7 Ibid., loc. 2871.
8 Ibid., loc. 3198.
9 Ibid., loc. 3541.
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Jason is an author, speaker, Marine, and father of seven. He has flown the F/A-18 Hornet as a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) Instructor Pilot and the F-16 as an Instructor Pilot. His award-winning book One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview has been optioned for film adaptation. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency.