Kohima, May 19 (NE): Apologist Ravi Zacharias, Founder & Chairman of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) passed away this morning at his home in Atlanta, following a brief battle with sarcoma. He was 74 years old.
Zacharias is survived by his wife Margie; daughters, Sarah and Naomi; son, Nathan; and five grandchildren.
Ravi Zacharias spent the past 48 years commending the Christian faith and addressing life’s greatest existential questions of origin, meaning, morality and destiny with eloquence and grace.
Zacharias was the author of more than 30 books revolving around Christianity, including the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s Gold Medallion Book Award winner ‘Can Man Live Without God?’ in the category “theology and doctrine” and Christian bestsellers ‘Light in the Shadow of Jihad’ and ‘The Grand Weaver’.
Zacharias was born on March 26, 1946 in Madras, India. His family moved to Delhi when he was quite young and he grew up there. His family was Anglican, but he was an atheist until the age of 17 when he tried to commit suicide by swallowing poison. While he was in the hospital, a local Christian worker brought him a Bible and told his mother to read to him from John 14.
Zacharias said it was John 14:19 that touched him. He committed his life to Christ praying, “Jesus if You are the one who gives life as it is meant to be, I want it. Please get me out of this hospital bed well, and I promise I will leave no stone unturned in my pursuit of truth.” In 1966, Zacharias immigrated with his family to Canada.
The Chief Minister of Nagaland condoles the demise of Ravi Zacharias and tweets, ‘Saddened by the passing away of Ravi Zacharias; world-renowned Christian apologist, author & teacher. He’s known for his work through RZIM providing Christian worldview to humanity’s existential questions. His death is a loss to the Christian community.Condolences to his family’.