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Week of June 15, 2008
Prayer breakfast hears Christ-centred message
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS
OTTAWA - Internationally-renowned Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias brought a bold, Christ-centred message to the Canadian National Prayer Breakfast May 28.
To a packed hotel ballroom filled with Members of Parliament, clergy, and ambassadors, Zacharias said that all mankind's yearnings can be found in Jesus Christ alone.
"There is only one place in the world that I know where eternity, morality, accountability converge," Zacharias told the prayer breakfast. "It's in the person of Christ. Until he rules our hearts, we will be scrambling, uncertain of tomorrow."
Not long ago there were hopes that technology would be the new saviour of the world and the power of progress could be harnessed to benefit mankind, he said. He contrasted that with the pervading sense in 2009 of sitting on the edge of a precipice, "totally uncertain of what lies ahead."
Zacharias took aim at postmodernism and relativism.
"There are foundations if toyed with, no matter how pleasant the infrastructure, will implode in the weight of their senselessness," he said.
One foundation is the dimension of eternity, he said.
"God has put eternity into our hearts," he said. He recalled seeing on television the moon landing as the astronauts went on the dark side of the moon and described the beauty of the earth rising. Irresistibly and unplanned, one of them said, "In the beginning, God . . .".
"Any time you see intelligibility, you assume intelligence behind it," he said.
NO POINTS OF REFERENCE
The second dimension is morality, he said. How does one bring a moral absolute into an intentionally pluralistic society? he asked. There are no longer any points of reference. "That's what relativity is all about, everything is moving."
Zacharias warned that without the vertical dimension of accountability with God, the horizontal dimension of our relationships with each other will deteriorate.
"If we are not under-girded with love to each other, we will ultimately destroy others and ourselves," he said. "We must learn to be charitable even in our disagreements."
He described charity as "that marvellous binding force" so that we can respect, love and understand each other despite our differences, "knowing that truth will triumph in the end."