Dr. Zacharias is one of the premier Christian apologists among academic and intellectual circles today. He has a formidable mind, a quick wit, an engaging personality with the ability to explain difficult subjects in simple, logical ways. He believes, and most feel, convincingly proves there are such notions as universal truths and laws, and, therefore, a Law Giver. For example, Dr. Zacharias was debating logic and truth and their unique relationship to the idea of God and his plan for humanity at a college campus when he was challenged by a professor at that university. The professor accused Zacharias of using the Western logic either-or and reasoning in such away that it ignored other forms of logic. The professor insisted there were other truths and that Zacharias was ignorant when it came to Eastern logic. Humorous when one considers that Ravi Zacharias is from India and a former Hindu.
The professor informed Ravi that there is another kind of logic that speaks to truth such as the Eastern ‘both-and’ logic. In other words, salvation is not either through Christ or nothing else, but both Christ and other ways. And truth can be found in other ways besides the either-or logic. As the professor’s lecture ensued, Ravi listened patiently and in places would say, “No, you don’t mean that.” The professor maintained his position as he tried to prove there were two kinds of logic and Dr. Zacharias was doing an injustice by neglecting the other. Finally, Zacharias told the professor that he could end the discussion with one simple question. Curiously, the professor dropped his pen and insisted that he do.
Ravi looked directly at the professor and said, “Are you saying that when I’m in India, I must use either the ‘both-and logic’ or nothing else?” The professor paused but Ravi repeated his question with even more emphasis, “Are you saying that when I’m in India, I must use either, the ‘both-and logic’ or,” a pause in order to let the point sink in, “nothing else?”
The professor realized that his logic and argument disintegrated with one simple question. The only response he could give was to admit that the ‘either-or’ logic seemed to be present. The professor unwittingly used the ‘either-or’ logic to try and prove the ‘both-and’ logic. Dr. Zacharias concluded by saying, “Yes, even in India we look both ways before we cross the street because it is either me or the bus, not both of us!”
What is self defeating cannot be true.
Ravi proved (and so did the professor) there is only one kind of truth and it is confirmed from the ‘either-or‘ logic — rather that be coined Western or not does not matter. Either you keep the glass on the table or it will fall to the ground because the Law of Gravity says it will. It does not matter if one is ignorant or does not believe in the Law of Gravity; the results are still the same. There can be different kinds of logic but only one kind of logic can be used in truth. Either you remember to carry the 1 or your arithmetic will be wrong in the end.
- Either there is a God or there is nothing. Since there is something there must be a God.
- Either there are moral laws or there are no such things as good and evil in the world. Since good and evil exists in the world, there must be moral laws for a standard to differentiate between them. Since there is a moral law there must be a Law Giver.
- Either God or the universe is eternal. Since the universe had a beginning, it had to have a cause apart from time, space, and matter. Therefore, God is eternal.
- Either there is a God or none of this matters. Since it does matter, there must be a God.