Too many of our leaders are corrupt. Too many ignore our constitution. Too many uphold values earlier generations would have found repellent. Too many lead us into decline. Too many peddle our nation’s decline as glorious change and wonderful transformation.
Meanwhile, these corrupt leaders and their cronies grapple recklessly for power, and we let them buy our votes with increased government spending and laws and regulations that seem designed to cripple our economy.
What happens when a people allows it leaders to run amuck? What would cause a people to choose undisciplined men and women to lead them? The answer I think is that too many of us no longer value self-discipline. Are we Americans losing self-control? Perhaps.
What explains this strange change in America? How is it that when we should have every advantage, we still seem unable to do anything right? Is it possible we have lost sight of the principles that were once part of our nation’s Christian heritage?
In the America of today, we see an increasing multiplicity of beliefs. Some tout this as a good thing. Some rave about multiculturalism and would have us believe there is nothing distinctively valuable about America’s Christian heritage.
Is Christianity unique? When Jesus said, ““I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6), did He speak the Truth?
In Jesus Among Other Gods, Ravi Zacharias compares Christianity with other beliefs. In the first six chapters, he uses Jesus’ answers to six questions to compare Christianity with Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
What six questions does Zacharias consider? For the sake of brevity, I have paraphrased them.
- Was Jesus who He claimed? Why is it important to believe in Jesus?
- Where does Jesus live? The answer to this question addresses the character of Jesus.
- What miraculous sign proves Jesus is our savior? This chapter deals with the issues of faith and reason.
- What does Jesus offer us? In other words, why do we need Jesus?
- Is God the source of my suffering? Jesus did not offer us a simple answer, but Jesus does offer us an answer.
- At His trial, why was Jesus so silent? The answer may surprise you.
In the seventh and the last chapter Zacharias takes up one more question. Does God exist? This chapter is for atheists and for the rest of us, the doubters.
With his examination, comparing how different beliefs answer these questions, Zacharias shows that each belief is distinctive. He explains how each defines God differently and points to a different method of salvation. Zacharias helps us to understand that what we choose to believe has eternal consequences.
In particular, Zacharias highlights the merits of Christianity, why it is important to choose Jesus. He explains why no other belief is satisfactory.