In an interview by the Christian Broadcasting Network, Ravi Zacharias, a former Hindunow Christian apologist, was asked to explain what brought him to faith in Christ (CBN, n.d.).During a period of intense depression he attempted to commit suicide. While recovering in thehospital, Zacharias surrendered his life to Christ. Christianity, according to Zacharias, providedhim with answers to four basic questions of life. He states, “[The questions]...boil down to this;origin, meaning, morality and destiny. How did I come into being? What brings life meaning?How do I know right from wrong? Where am I headed after I die” (CBN, n.d.)? Zacharias'questions profoundly summarize the uniqueness of the Christian message. This essay will brieflyexamine each of Zacharias' four affirmations.
The Christian message of human origin revolves around the message of God as creator of all things. In the midst of a formless darkness the Trinitarian God cooperatively worked to bringabout form and fullness (Gen 1:2). Using the products of His own creation, God formed Adamand breathed into him the breathe of life (Gen. 1:26-27; Gen. 2:7). Human origin, therefore, begins with a personal Creator God who creates humans in His own image. As such, everyhuman being bears the image of God or
Few, if any of the religions, offer a personal creative God who willingly shares Hisimage with His creation. Eastern religions, such as Buddhism, offer very little explanation for the origins of humanity assuming man has always been. Other monotheistic religions, such asJudaism and Islam, share similar beliefs concerning the origin of humanity.
The Christian belief in a personal Creator God offers all humanity unique dignity andmeaning as persons. God's image is born by every human being, whether or not they have placed