Jimmy Carter, Sunday School Teacher
The former president on why he believes Jesus will save everyone, and how his faith complicated--and sustained--his presidency.
09/14/2011 01:50:14 PM
Mr. Carter, If you know anything about the word of God you would know that God placed his people( the Jews ) in that land through ABRAHAM In GENESIS 12 AND 13. That he would again gather his people to that land which started in 1948.Jerusalem has always been the home of the Jews even though through rebellion God let them be taken over by different nations. In 2nd Chronicles 6:6 God said he chose Jerusalem that HIS name would always be there and chose David (a Jew ) King over his People Israel. Christ Jesus came through the line of David.There's no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved.( acts 4-10-12 )
It is a shame that the good things Carter did as president were undone by Reagan, Clinton, Bush, and Bush. If we had left the budget balanced and stuck it out without leveraging our future we would not be in debt now. If we had kept the fuel efficiency standards in place that Carter help set we would be independent of foriegn oil today. If we had followed his roadmap to peace through negotiations in the middle east then we would not have had 2 wars in Iraq and Israel would be living in Peace by now. Carter asked the nation to do some tough things at a difficult point in history. We chose to ignore his message and try to borrow money and fight our way out. We are left with high debt, a false sense of security, and dependence on foriegn oil. That is sad.
Carter is a good man who practices the presence of Christ in his heart as exemplified in his kind humanitarian works outside of political life. Has any ex-president given so unselfishly to his fellow man? You can tell a lot about a politician in the works they do outside of political life. Clinton, Edwards, Carter, Kerry are examples of people who do much public service for no personal gain. On the other side are the Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Bush-types who leverage their political power to amass fortune and power outside of office. It's hard to cite even one unselfish humanitarian work here. For all its claims of being a Christian nation, the U.S. is not ready for a president that consistently practices the teachings of Christ. Thus,Carter is not perceived as a good president. Americans are so fearful of the world, life, and God, we continually elect agents of darkness to advance U.S. material power/control to make us feel safe.
04/04/2007 02:35:13 PM
Jimmy Carter was president from January 1977 to January 1980. During his presidency we had high interest rates, high inflation and high gasoline prices. the Vietnam War had ended in 1975, but boat people and Vietnamese continued to leave Vietnam, by the millions, mostly ignored by America. A greater problem was the Cambodian killing fields, ongoing genocide, with the cities depopulated, and one-third of the population murdered by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. What did Carter do? other than ignore it? When it became apparent how weak America had become, the Iranians seized American hostages. It was only when Reagan was elected that they were returned. We'd see an impotent Jimmy Carter, unable and unwilling to stop genocide or the trashing of America in Iran.
Jimmy Carter is wrong about his view that all people will go to Heaven. In that article, John 3:16 is only partially quoted. The entire verse says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Not only that, but the folowing 2 verses as well: 17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
What do I believe? I believe Jimmy Carter was bought and paid for by Arab money. A part of his book, Sharing good times, is a nauseating account of his attempts to brown nose some really unsavoury characters. Many of those same characters seem to have provided a significant portion of the funding for his foundation.
03/30/2007 03:11:27 PM
I met Jimmy Carter and spoke briefly with him. He is very, very kind and made me feel like I was the only person in the room -- although there were hundreds of people there. I agree with another poster -- he was too good a man to be President. How sad is that?
Oops, I meant to say: 'stereotyped as "hell and brimstone" as exemplified by the Conservative Right'
Jimmy Carter was just too moral, kind and decent to be president. You have to really compromise your beliefs and be cutthroat to become ruler of a powerful nation, and keep it powerful, and Jimmy Carter was too good to do that. I think his approach to Liberal Christianity really breathes life into a faith that gets stereotyped as "hell and brimstone" by the Conservative Right. I applaud his faith, and his humane approach to all things.
Even though President Carter knows a great deal about the Middle East, I'm not so sure he is correct when he says that all Arab countries have pledged to recognize Israel's right to exist... Does anyone know where there is a list of Arab countries that have made such a pledge?
IMHO, Jimmy Carter was not a bad president, just (relatively) unpopular. He was president in a very difficult time, when our nation was slowly healing (maybe it still is). He didn't use (or manipulate) the media as effectively as his successor did, and he had the intestinal fortitude to admit when was wrong. That kind of courage is rare indeed nowadays.
03/28/2007 02:12:30 PM
Jimmy Carter is easy to forget -- yet I think our nation was fortunate to have him. Mongo