But even in this answer, Carter begins to unwind on his own lack of logic. In order for "Paul's (good thing he wasn't 'male') supple belief" to have any teeth to it – and thus make it strong for he and others to believe in – there had to be truth in it. If the apostle Paul himself did not believe he had a relationship with God, then whom did he place his "saving faith" in? And if there is no need for anything like an absolute standard of righteousness, then what difference does it make if one is saved by the "grace of God"?
This leads us to the actual problem for the liberal gospel according to Jimmy.
Though he may attend church on a regular basis, though he may read stories from the Bible to Sunday school classes of third graders, though he may do wonderful things in building homes for those in need with Habitat for Humanity – none of that gives you a relationship with God in the "Christian" sense.
Former President Carter is angry that evangelicals in large numbers continue to reject his political party's approach to morality in our nation. In large numbers, evangelicals believed that the War on Terror is absolutely necessary not just to fight, but to win. True Christians want to see the biblical description of marriage and families continue to reflect the moral framework which God designed it of. Honest believers in Jesus Christ believe in the authority of God's word – the scriptures – and they hold their own lives in respectful submission to the authority of that inspired text.
Carter's fuzzy thinking is evident in his inability to say that Christianity holds the value of an unborn person's right to life. (Carter believes Christianity can leave ambiguity on the matter.) In the same interview, he goes on to say that supposes that he would have been comfortable in the Muslim faith, and that he can not say affirmatively that Christianity would rule out the teachings of Muhammad and Allah.
Even a preliminary investigation of biblical Christianity reveals that Christ made the absolute claim: "I am THE way, THE truth, and THE life. No man comes to the Father except through me."
Former President Carter claimed that evangelicals (whom he refers to as fundamentalists) are afraid to have their beliefs challenged. Well I'll call his bluff. Beginning two days ago, my producers from WMCA in New York are aggressively seeking to invite Mr. Carter on my daily broadcast to allow him to challenge the content of this column and any other aspect of fundamentalist evangelical Christianity that he would like. We promise to be fair and polite. We also promise to allow him all the time necessary to make his point. We in return will expect a fair dialogue to rebut his "gospel."
Former President Carter touted his own credentials in this month's issue of GQ. He established himself as a "Christian who could debate other Christians." He then went on the attack of those he claims to be one of. He demonstrated his own complete lack of the belief in absolute truth in connecting the "supple message" of grace, with touchy feely relevancy.
With this incredible amount of substance, with this deafening defense of the intellectual aspects of the faith, was it any wonder that his interviewer then turned the discussion to Carter's spotting of a UFO?
And what are his credentials on that?
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