Author: Abdu Murray

Abdu Murray is the North American Director with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and is the author of two books, including his latest, Grand Central Question: Answering the Critical Concerns of the Major Worldviews. For most of his life, Abdu was a proud Muslim who studied the Qur’an and Islam. After a nine- year investigation into the historical, philosophical, and scientific underpinnings of the major world religions and views, Abdu discovered that the historic Christian faith alone can answer the questions of the mind and the longings of the heart.
March 6, 2017 / / Topics

It seems people are increasingly assuming that science and religious faith are incongruous—that the more we learn about our world and our physical beings the less we need God for explanatory purposes. How did we arrive at a place where God, who has preoccupied the human mind for millennia, has been kicked to the proverbial curb? The field of science has dramatically changed our world. Many diseases from which multitudes would have died are now distant memories due to the relentless research of incredibly devoted scientists and their constant pursuit…

January 23, 2017 / / Topics

Why do crowds go many rows deep outside downtown hotels and cinemas during film festival season? Why do people pay outrageous amounts to see musicians or motivational speakers? One reason might be that we are naturally drawn toward those we consider successful and seek to identify with them. Success is attractive, while the stench of failure repels us. The success industry preys on this through books, videos, and seminars, all promising success in several ‘easy steps’. Some would define success as attaining a prestigious position, living in their dream house,…

December 19, 2016 / / Topics

From beauty pageant contestants to world leaders, it seems there are constant calls for “peace” in the world. When most people think of peace, they think of a world without war or conflict. Certainly that is part and parcel to experiencing peace, but if history has proven anything, it’s that peace can be such a fleeting experience and eludes us. Over the past 3,000 years the world was without war less than 10 percent of the time. We’re becoming numb to the condition of our world. We are under the…

December 12, 2016 / / Topics

No one likes to be an outsider. It’s a terrible feeling being left out of the loop or in the different worlds of “us and them” – especially when we feel more like “them”. We separate people all the time as we distinguish between those who are good or bad, rich or poor, attractive or not so much, and even between those who are racially, morally, or politically acceptable and those who aren’t. Those differences help us determine who’s in and who’s out. Sadly, we learn this hurtful art of…

December 5, 2016 / / Topics

There is probably no time of year where materialism takes its greatest dose of steroids than the final six weeks of the year. Everyone is out to sell their product, making it almost irresistible, and sometimes impossible, for those trying the buy the perfect gift—although one would think the choices might make it easier.   Maybe you’re feeling it—the stranglehold of materialism. It drives you to get the kids and others what they want. It’s why you may have to work those extra hours, or worse yet, go into debt…

November 21, 2016 / / Topics

It may be one of the questions most asked by people: Why isn’t God more evident? Why does God seem to be hidden from our reality? We might wish that God would spell it out a little more clearly for us—to put a great big sign in the sky that would convince of us that He’s there and that He cares. Many atheists have preyed on this, claiming that this perceived lack of evidence should put to rest any notion that God exists. But human beings don’t always work purely…

November 7, 2016 / / Topics

Some insist that there is no “absolute truth,” but have they considered the absoluteness of what they’ve said? Is it true that we all have a version of the truth or that all truth claims are valid? Anyone who says that we can’t disagree with someone else has in essence done the very thing they said we ought not do. And in so doing, they’ve tipped their hand as they grasp for something absolute to exist. The reason why many people shy away from the idea of an objective truth…

October 31, 2016 / / Topics

Morality has become quite subjective in Western society. With everyone accustomed to playing by their own rules, it’s quite natural to ask by whose ‘morals’ we should live. We all have a set of rules by which we live even though no one really enjoys having anyone tell them what to do or how to live. Simply put, there are things that we consider acceptable and things that we reject as wrong. By what standard, however, do we say that racism or sexism or the holocaust were wrong? Is it…

October 24, 2016 / / Topics

When reflecting on violence and evil around us, the argument has often been proposed that if God is good then He would want to put a stop to evil in the world. It’s also been argued that if He is all-powerful, then He would be able to stop evil. But since there is evil and suffering, maybe God isn’t all that powerful or good after all. And what do we make of some of the violence seemingly condoned by God in the Bible – where entire cultures are wiped out…

August 28, 2016 / / Topics

Human history is not just a meaningless string of events that happen in succession until the universe eventually grinds to a halt. The Biblical story tells us history has an overarching story with a plot, tension, and a point to it all. Life does not consist of random events brought about by chance. It’s an unfolding story written by an Author. Seen from this broader perspective, the narrative of the Christian faith answers our deepest questions. Why am I here? Is there more to existence than what I experience every day?…