Thursday, November 30, 2006

Ravi Zacharias discusses components of the soul during presentation at WR

Ravi Zacharias, an international speaker whose concentrations include comparative religions, cults and philosophy, spoke to the Walter Reed community Tuesday in the Joel Auditorium about ‘‘Presenting a Mirror for the Soul of a Nation.”

‘‘In America today, we live in an ad hoc posture,” Zacharias said. ‘‘We make decisions as the conflicts arise from day to day.”

Universal decisions about how to face conflicts should have been made before problems arise, Zacharias said.

In many cases regarding the human race, affluence has created boredom, strength vulnerability and education imbecility, he added.

There has to be the metaphysics behind the physics, and ethics behind catastrophe, otherwise violence would be absolute rather than relative, he continued.

‘‘Think of a world where violence is the only absolute, and there are some sectors of the world who actually believe that — whose only answer to any situation is the dehumanization of their fellow human beings. It’s become a deadly game.

‘‘It’s time for us in the West to ask ourselves, ‘Is there an answer to the question of the soul, and what made America what it is today?’”

Zacharias said there needs to be ‘‘a sense of the eternal” in people, who are too encumbered with what only happens in the present but show little regard for the future. ‘‘[There’s] no concern with what happens tomorrow — tonight, let me have my fill.”

Another component of the soul is morality, Zacharias said. ‘‘It’s not just that we have a sense of the eternal. We must also have morals. The moral framework is intended to guide [us] into a coherent, mutual respect and [sacred] existence. Every man, woman and child has a right to be treated with sanctity, reverence and respect.”

Other components of the soul include accountability and charity, Zacharias said.

‘‘What God wants you and me to understand is that you cannot honor him without loving your neighbor,” he said.