Anyone who has suffered through pain, loss, or depression knows that it can be one of the most isolating experiences of one's life. And yet, it is often through suffering that many come to find peace and God. What role does suffering play in God's plan? Ravi Zacharias, Christian apologist and author of Why Suffering?: Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn't Make Sense, joined Glenn on radio this morning to discuss this important issue and his own personal journey.
"I came to know Christ on a bed of suicide," Ravi explained. "When I was 17. I was a total skeptic. I didn't believe in any of the world views. India's religions have 330 million gods in their pantheon. How am I supposed to know which is the true way?"
"Having come to Christ on that bed of suicide, through that most lonely moment in my life, when not only had I not learned how to live. I didn't even know how to die. In that moment, crying out a Bible is brought to me. Who asked for that Bible to be brought to me? I didn't. I never cracked open a Bible in my life. Why did God in His sovereign grace find somebody to bring that Bible to me?"
"I couldn't even hold it. My body was dehydrated. I couldn't move a limb. And it's given to my mother and she in her struggling Indian accent, reading the King James version to her son, imagine this scenario. And then hearing the words Jesus said because I live you also shall live. What I'm saying here is God has put a link into my past to remind me that I am not alone. That he opens is talking aboutp that He is walking this journey with me. He lifted me out of that."
"Once you know that Glenn, then that which is not answered in propositions is answers in a relationship."