Christian Apologist Ravi Zacharias Dies of Cancer at 74

World renown Christian apologist and theologian Ravi Zacharias passed away Tuesday morning after battling a rare form of cancer. He was 74 years old. His daughter, Sarah Davis, posted a message on Ravi’s website titled “Ravi Zacharias, Now With Jesus,” confirming the news.

A Daughter’s Heartfelt Message

Davis shared the lyrics of a song her dad recited on January 4 of this year. The first stanza says:

“Lord, it belongs not to my care
Whether I die or live;
To love and serve Thee is my share,
And this Thy grace must give.
If life be long, I will be glad,
That I may long obey;
If short, yet why should I be sad
To welcome endless day?”

“None of us could have imagined just two months after reciting [this song] that my dad would learn he had cancer and he would experience the realization of this more than 300-year-old hymn so soon,” Davis wrote.

“Today we affirm, as my dad recited and Baxter penned, ‘But ‘tis enough that Christ knows all, and I shall be with Him.’ My dad, at 74, has joined with the triumphant saints that sing his Savior’s praise.’ We who knew and loved him celebrate his life, and more importantly, his Savior.”

Davis added, “Today my beautiful father is more alive than he has ever been. We thank God for him and recommit our lives to sharing this truth with all who will hear, until He calls us to our eternal home.”

A 48-year Journey of Sharing Christ

Zacharias was born in India on March 26, 1946. Although he was raised in a Christian home, he considered himself a religious skeptic until age 17.

Following a suicide attempt, Zacharias was visited by a Youth for Christ director while he was in the hospital. The director gave him a Bible and read John 14:19 aloud: “Because I live, you also will live.” His life was forever changed after this moment.

Two years later at the age of nineteen, Zacharias received the Asian Youth Preacher Award at the international Youth Congress, solidifying his calling to ministry.

He was ordained by the Christian and Missionary Alliance in 1980 and founded Ravi Zacharias International Ministries four years later. He has been sharing and defending the Gospel of Jesus Christ ever since.

The Accomplishments of Ravi Zacharias

Zacharias toured the world defending the Christian faith. He wrote scores of books for both layperson and scholar on various topics, including apologetics, Christian-living, religion, and theology.

Books written by Zacharias:

  • A Shattered Visage: The Real Face of Atheism
  • Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message
  • The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha
  • The Lamb and the Fuhrer: Jesus Talks with Hitler
  • The Logic of God: 52 Christian Essentials for the Heart and the Mind

Speaking engagements:

  • World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians in Washington, D.C., 2017
  • National Prayer Breakfast in Ottawa, Canada in 2015
  • First Annual Prayer Breakfast for African Leaders, Mozambique in 2003
  • Annual Prayer Breakfast at the United Nations, New York
  • A major dialogue event between Protestants and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

He also hosted a weekly radio show called “Let My People Think.” The program was broadcast by approximately 2,000 media outlets in more than 30 countries.

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