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July 25, 2020 1:00 am
Where do we find our moral framework? Where do we turn to for absolutes? On this week's Let My People Think, RZIM's Founder, the late Ravi Zacharias, takes a deep look at these questions as he gives a talk entitled "Living in Critical Times."
Fidelity comes from having an I had no right to know, like to vomit. I have no right to invade your life is made. You have a right to make good choices. I have no right to stand in the way choices but the choices will always have consequences somewhat isolated use. God gives you the greatest compliment and telling New York made him a good day image on the DVD existed of God welcome to let my people think Bobby Sakurai Christian well meaning not living he's wrapping the absolutes of this nation because the nation about the fact that it would naturally endowed rights given to us that these truths were self evident. All of these moral statements are very critical to understand in the light of our pluralistic culture in our time. I know by going to places in the world right now. People look at me and we lost the question what is going on in the West. What is going on was not out golf Eichmann who finally when he was tried in Israel and was sentenced to the death penalty. I was there when they were dealing with all of the evidence and was given several pages and pages of the trial, which I was able to get back before I wrote my book but use Hannah parent describing Eichmann's last moment. This is critical and I moved to my next torture at all. Eichmann went to the gallows with great dignity. Also, a bottle of red wine and drank half of it. He refused the help of a Protestant minister, the Rev. William Hall who offered to read the Bible with him, yet only two more hours to live.
And therefore, he said good quote. I have no time to waste. He walked 50 yards from his cell to the execution chamber, and direct with his hands bound behind him.
When the guards died, his ankles and knees.
He asked them to loosen the bonds so that he could stand straight. I don't need that. He said when the Blackwood was offered to him.
He was in complete command of himself. May he was more than that he was completely himself.
Nothing could have demonstrated this more convincingly than the grotesque silliness of his last words he began by stating emphatically that he was a bigger to express in Nazi fashion that he was no Christian and did not believe in the life after death. He then proceeded quote after a short while gentlemen, we shall meet again such as the fate of all men. Long-lived Germany long-lived Argentina long-lived Austria. I shall not forget them in the face of death he had found the cliché used in funeral oratory under the gallows. His memory played in the last trick he was elated and he forgot that this was really his own funeral. It was as though in those last minutes he was summing up the lesson 20.
The others not. It was as though in those last minutes he was summing up the lesson that this long course in human wickedness startups. The lesson of the fearsome word and thought defying banality of evil. Evil had become trivial, the man who arrested Eichmann in a cloak and dagger operation in Argentina tells the story that he was bringing him back here. If you read the book the house on Garibaldi Street. You know exactly how they got them day waylaid him they stalked him ultimately put an injection into him and knocked him out and brought them up under a different name in a plane. The Mossad had done its work to bring them back and the man who brought him back looked at him sat down next to him and the Trinity broke his own code he wasn't supposed to talk to him but he couldn't resist this. He said Mr. Eichmann.
I have a question for you every day. I watched you from a distance I saw you getting off the bus. Looking over your shoulder carrying a briefcase stand that little town in Argentina just before you entered your own home, you would turn around to make sure nobody was watching.
I was watching you, sir. From a distance behind the bushes. I was watching you, but I noticed something Mr. Eichmann every day as you open the door. There was a young boy who was waiting for you and leapt into your arms. Who is that boy said he was my son. He said Mr. Eichmann. How old is your son. He said eight said you killed my nephew who was a can you tell me what was the difference and Peter Malcolm with the Israeli Mossad was sitting by his bed waiting for the answer and Eichmann turned to him and said Peter, my son was not Jewish.
Malcolm said he got out from there and walked away and solved with uncontrollable tears.
He never wanted to see this man again, bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood had not yet become a reality rarely go to turn from moral law grandmother to find your value in my value. If you don't have essential value. We are dependent upon the state to give us value you know Moses gave the people, 630 laws. David reduced it to 15 Isaiah reduced it to 11 when Jesus was on the Earth Day Austin which is the greatest commandment Jesus could have very easily said one heat didn't.
He said that you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind and all your strength and you shall love your neighbor as yourself. He said on these two commandments hang all of the laws and the prophets that you and I are made in the day the image of God is a unique truth to the Judeo-Christian worldview in the same chapter in the Bible is a conversation between a man who comes to Jesus and said, is it all right to pay taxes to Caesar, how wonderful interdependent Jesus had said no Jesus and you have a coin. The man said yes. He said give it to me. He held the coin out to him and he said whose images on this. The man said Caesar is a gift to Caesar that which belongs to Caesar and give to God that which belongs to God.
The mention of had a follow-up question.
The follow-up question should have been what belongs to God and Jesus would have said whose images on you, whose image is this is what gives you your unique essential work in a moral framework that moves horizontally without moving vertically. There is no essential worth. There is no eternal darkness that further confronts us.
I have no right to violate you as an individual I know right to violate your property. I have no right to invade your life as you are made in the image of God, you have a right to make your choices. I have no right to stand in the way of your choices either but the choices will always have consequences, and so what I say to you is God gives you the greatest compliment and telling you you're made him a good day and Jesus Christ takes that so specifically says to you that your body and mind are the temple of the living God. We don't go to the temple. We take the temple with us. This is inviolable.
The moral law that Martin Luther King talks about the eternal darkness and you know people often say yes he was very much inspired by Mahatma Gandhi which is true. Mahatma Gandhi's life, and I himself.
Nonviolence had a lot of an inspiration. Let me tell you two things about that Gandhi would never have used the term unconditional love is very much from the Judeo-Christian worldview in Gandhi G carried the New Testament wherever he went, and often would quote from the sermon on the mount, and it is fascinating that in one of Gandhi's homes in India is a quote by Bertrand Russell and outside that combed the banner says this it is doubtful that the Mahatma would have succeeded in his effort except that he was appealing to people with a Christianized conscience. So here was atheist, uploading the success of a pantheist because of appealing to the conscience of a theist. See how important it is to understand the moral law has to have this transcendent value.
But secondly and quickly. Not only is the question of the moral law unanswerable from horizontal perspective. Guy Nielsen sustains that even Jill Mackie argues for the struggle you've got several atheists who deal Michael ruse deals with the same issue Richard rorty the old bring on the question of where do we go for an absolute, objective moral law, but the second question is that of meaning.
How do I really find meaning in my life recently had the privilege of speaking at a conference call passion. Some of you are out here who are at that conference. 40,000 in a live audience and three venues and tens of thousands scattered across listening in from about 115 different universities and 47 countries 18 to 24 or so at age bracket. Many of those who went forward to find help you know what were the two most important issues in their lives, for which they sought help.
18 to 24 number one was among the young guys especially struggling with pornography and number two was a stalking hunting fear of suicide. I don't have they ever saw the logical connection pornography, denude's the other person doesn't just disrobe denude's the other person in exchange for a feeling the person who was soaked by it is not looking for a person, the person was hooked by is looking for a feeling of feeling ultimately that no one person in the world can satisfy, and once you have robbed the other person of any value you ultimately denude your own self and there is no purpose and meaning fine now that logical connection was in day in my life at the end result still was. I came to know Christ on a bed of suicide when I was 17 years old in Delhi because I had no meaning in my life. I didn't care what anybody was saying to me it all didn't add up. It simply didn't make sense. People say what does meaning really mean it's a long talk.
One can give them there on its own, but let me just tell you a meaning is found with four components, a sense of wonder.
We watched children reading fairytales and being read to and fairytales and the enchantment is awesome they want.
This sense of wonder that as they grow up they begin to struggle and they say the fairytales are not true them or merely fantastic. It will mere fantasy.
Now they're looking for that is fantastically true wonder, truth totally the experience of love and finally the knowledge of security.
If you're really looking for meaning to build a coherent worldview, you will have these four components.
Wonder truth, love and security. I will deal with just one of them as I bring my message to a close, but here it is this sense of the moral law that we cannot find the quest for meaning that we hunger after me give you an illustration of this when existential is writer wrote a play, a long time ago all the adulterous woman, a woman who had just wanted to flirt with all this kind of stuff that she had held back and never indulgent sore husband takes her into a town varies dealing uses works in jewelry and all of that at the end of it he comes back exhausted and he is in bed and the woman thing stress of everything I saw in town tonight's my night to have a last fling.
I will never have it again in the he sound asleep.
She wakes up, gets dressed goes out into the night and expends herself in ways she had never ever dreamed she spent herself into pleasure and exhausted with pleasure. She comes back in the early hours of the morning opens the door while he is still sound asleep. She slips under the covers, but there's a big problem. She cannot fall asleep now on a pillow. The tears rolling down the side of the face and her husband hears the sobs and wakes up and looks at her and said what's the matter, she brushes him aside and says nothing, just nothing she the loneliest moment is when you have just experienced that which promise you the ultimate and it is let you down loneliest moment is when you've just experienced that which is promise you the ultimate and it has let you down. I look at you tonight as young students and I said you're really the primary reason I'm here, by the way, because I care for the student world I care for the young life that is living today almost getting out of control with no answers. The meaning that Christ offers to you is a meaning interpersonal relationship.
Justice Antonin Scalia just passed away last week and some of the channels were playing some of his major speeches he was considered one of the brightest intellectuals on the Supreme Court bench with the agreed with them or not is not the issue here.
Even those who disagreed with him were good friends and said the man was made of sterling character and in his speech.
I was just puttering around the house and I how to make three statements back to back, and I thought what on earth is this about. He so here it is like behind the lectern. He said I want you all to him.
He he said's sophisticated thinkers can believe in God is what he said next statement.
Sophisticated thinkers can believe in a personal God card statement he made sophisticated thinkers can believe in the person of Jesus Christ very son of God and meaning comes ultimately in finding the sacred that binds the diversity of your proclivities and gives in that homogeneity of the supreme expression that is bound by the skin of the sacred. The sacred is what gives life meaning.
So you know where the boundaries are. You know where the purposes moral law unanswered. Where do we find the sacred and if we don't find the sacred.
We have no meaning where the answers. Thirdly, and quickly I say to you, what about hope. Where is hope really found his life ends in the great one of my great privileges is to speak to our military bases be doing to do it. Three of them this year. I've always gone there to minister to our men and women in the Armed Forces whenever it is finished. The always line up and will talk to me to have a word of prayer and talk about the dangers with which they live. I was led into this when I was 25 years old speaking and vet I was a young undergraduate student invited to speak in Vietnam going from military base to military base and I saw death on the side of the highways I saw death as we flew in the choppers all around, going from one venue to another.
I saw death and dying in military hospitals where in some places, unless you had a bone on your body. There were two bodies to eat bed and when I saw the horrors of that kind of warfare. I said what are we doing to our fully human being. And yet these are the very ones who look for hunger and look for hope.
I was just meeting a gentleman from Egypt before we came in here. My colleagues and I were in Egypt in November and one night we spoke to a large number of young people on that given night alone in Cairo over 500 young men and women responded to the invitation to follow Jesus Christ. The life had been empty. They realize the moment that come to see what it is that Christ offered to them before I had a dialogue with Shaik Hussein, the leading share cleric in Syria. He said from the table there with an interpreter always kept addressing this professor even though I told him I wasn't a professor but he kept respectfully calling me Prof. Zachary has professes operators he would ask me a question about my faith. I would answer him. I would ask him a question about his faith. He would answer me.
What a marvelous moment of a few moments. They work through dialogue.
Accordingly with somebody of a different worldview and people listening to this for nearly 3 hours when it was over.
He leaned forward and said something through the interpreter. I said what did he say she said he said Mr. Zacharias.
Maybe it's time for me and my people, who follow different faith to stop asking if Jesus died on the cross and to start asking why I said sacred saying may I go to on that serve he said yes you may, you have to ask yourself the question, in the gospel narrative. The cross is central. Why because your greatest need is not for a political leader greatest need is not for the best of education. All of those are important, but you'll need and my need the greatest need rehab is deep within our own heart when evil stalks and seeks to take over our greatest need is for a Savior greatest need is for say no moral law no meaning, no hope, and lastly I say the supremacy of the ethic of love, the supremacy of the ethic of love.
Think of this.
Where do we go to understand level you love me just a personal illustration of this new Winston Churchill was once asked by a Cpl. Mr. Churchill however talked about my grandchildren. Churchill said no and I want you to know how much I appreciated someone bore you with my grandchildren stories, but since I'm not Churchill can I tell you at least one. I have a four-year-old grandson's name is Jude. I don't know where he gets his vocabulary from I really don't. One day he leans over the dinner table a few months ago… Papa what is the meaning of sophomoric.
I told my daughter. You better watch the sky if he's using the word sophomoric regarding and understand till I was in my 20s and was probably very sophomoric in my behavior at that time. One day his mother is about this little three. His mother had lost her car keys and she's looking around the house and can't find it and she slapped her forehead and said I must be losing my mind. Jude comes over in front of her looks are in the eye and says money or whatever you do please don't ever lose your heart because I'm in there and I ask you where did that intuitive statement come to him from where did that statement come to see the longing for love is very real in your life and mine. But we only think of romantic love are the only think of other loves in the Greek language therefore loves a copy store gay for level and Eros store gay protective love for level friendship love Eros romantic love.
It all hangs on agape, which is God's. If you lose God's love. You cannot define the other three. And so the love that you and I long for that binds it all together for you and me, which is something that, by the way Bertrand Russell himself said he never found in life and when I go from place to place in this world to preach the love of Christ. I think of this, and I close with this in John 316. The Bible says for God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
About 25 words, depending on which exact translation you use about 25 words what you have in all of that you have that which is causal God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that which is filial you have that which is sacrificial you have that which is relational, you have that which is eternal and it is all bound up in the judicial it is all bound up in the judicial causal filial relational eternal sacrificial all bound up in the judicial we say we are a country of laws I say to you, God is the one in whom there is no contradiction in the moral law is an intrinsic part of his character. Everything in love everything and sacrifice everything in relationship everything that he offers to you and me is built within the legal framework of God's being in whom there is no contradiction where there is contradiction there is breakdown. So in these four issues alone of law, meaning, hope and love their the unanswered questions of naturalism. There is no objective source of defining them in the Judeo-Christian worldview correspond to reality. Measuring it here in the worldview so I present to you that option is worthy of your investigation. That's why Jesus said I am come that they might have life, and having more abundantly will have a chance to take your questions to God richly bless you and thank you for giving me a hearing titled living in critical time. If you would like to practice complete copy be suited to kulaks that 1-800-448-6766.
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