Ultimate Answer

“Apologetics is not the ultimate answer. Apologetics is only a means to gain respect to be heard and observed. What is going to change their life is not the brilliance of your answer, that may just open up the avenue. Ultimately the changing of the heart is God’s work in the individuals life. Sometimes it’s a gentle word, sometimes it’s the love of Christ, sometimes it is the way you have handled the question and retained the dignity of the moment. In India they have a saying that once you cut off a persons nose, there is no point in giving them a rose to smell, and apologetics can slice off a persons nose. You’ve got to know how to answer and when to back off.”

-Ravi Zacharias, 7/27/12 Just Thinking podcast.