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Indian-born Canadian-American Christian apologist, Ravi Zacharias has aged 74 after a long while battle with cancer.
Ravi Zacharias, who was a popular Christian apologist and evangelist known for his role in defending Christianity. He died in Atlanta on Tuesday.
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Ravi Zacharias is survived by his wife, Margie, daughters Sarah and Naomi, son, Nathan, and five grandchildren.
Zacharias was born in Chennai, India, and revealed he was an atheist until he was 17 and tried to commit suicide then a hospital worker brought him a Bible. He became a born again Christian and started his missionary work after he moved to Canada and later the United States.
Before Ravi’s death, he was a pioneer among Christian apologists, a group of Christian theology that defends Christian doctrines against objections in America. For one of his books, ”Can Man Live Without God?”, he won the Gold Medallion Book Award.
He is the founder of Zacharias International Ministries which was launched in 1984. He also launched a global team of nearly 100 Christian scholars and authors, who speak, train and address the questions of millions of believers and unbelievers around the world.
Michael Ramsden, President of Zacharias International Ministries, in a statement said,
“(Ravi) saw the objections and questions of others not as something to be rebuffed, but as a cry of the heart that had to be answered.
“People weren’t logical problems waiting to be solved; they were people who needed the person of Christ. Those who knew him well will remember him first for his kindness, gentleness, and generosity of spirit. The love and kindness he had come to know in and through Jesus Christ was the same love he wanted to share with all he met.”
United States Vice President, Mike Pence took to Twitter to send his condolences. He wrote;
”Upon the death of Abner, the Bible tells us David said “do you not know that a prince & a great man has fallen today?. Ravi was such a man & he will be missed. Karen & I send our deepest sympathies to his family and know he heard
“Well done good and faithful servant.”