Famed Christian apologist and speaker Ravi Zacharias recently spoke at the 2016 Passion Conference where he told attendees that it was an American song that led him to the Bible and ultimately to faith in Christ.
The three-day conference, led by Pastor Louie Giglio, the founder of the Passion Movement, was held in Georgia and Texas and was attended by young people mostly between the ages of 18 and 25, according to The Christian Post.
Zacharias’ message to attendees focused on the importance of truth. He shared with the audience that it was an American song by Ed Ames which he heard while growing up in India that caused him to keep seeking truth.
Part of the song’s lyrics which Zacharias shared with the audience say: “"From the canyons of the mind, / We wander on and stumble blindly / Through the often-tangled maze / Of starless nights and sunless days, / While asking for some kind of clue / Or road to lead us to the truth, / But who will answer?”
Zacharias said that, as a young man in India, two things about the song captured his attention. Firstly, he was surprised that an American could voice such unhappy words. At the time, said Zacharias, he thought that people in America lived in comfort and ease, mostly without such worries. Secondly, the haunting repeated line of “Who will answer” caused him to turn to the Bible for answers.
This ultimately led him to Jesus. “Young people, truth is the most valuable thing in the world," Zacharias told the crowd, and then asked, "Does the truth matter to you?"
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Publication date: January 4, 2016
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.