Former President Jimmy Carter and His Liberal Rewriting of Scripture; Huffington Post Interview Recap.
By Richard Haas
You may or may not have heard about Jimmy Carter's new book released called, "NIV Lessons from Life Bible: Personal Reflections with Jimmy Carter." This newly released book lead to and interview done by the Huffington Post with Mr. Carter back on the 19th of March this year.
In this interview with President Carter, Paul Brandeis Raushenbush asks some tough questions of Mr. Carter. We are going to look at some of the questions Raushenbush asks and the answers Mr. Carter gives and see how they compare to what the bible says.
For the full interview I have attached a link to the original article here; http://goo.gl/6bRf6
The first question Rasushenbush asks Carter is;
So did God write the Bible? Well this seems like a pretty easy question for anyone who claims that they have studied the bible. Carter's answer however seems to prove that he has not studied the Scriptures that well.
Yes God wrote the bible, not in a figurative method in which He sat down with a pen and did so. Instead God inspired men to do the writing as stated in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 that states all Scripture is God breathed.
Looking at the example that Carter gave about the stars saying; "star's can't fall on the earth, starts are much larger than the earth" , proves even more that Carter may not be the best person to write a study bible. Anyone who has study or even just read the bible should be able to tell that the bible is written in several types of language styles. The three most common of these styles are Figurative, Literal and Poetic. Carter who wrote his new life study bible should have know that. He also should have know that these language formats intersect and cross over each other throughout biblical texts. We also must be able to distinguish between their uses in texts.
The answer he gave to Raushenbush's question really was not an answer at all but instead was an attempt to negate perspicuity of Scripture.
Looking at the second question that Raushenbush asked Carter we can see that Carter must believe in some type of evolutional process.
While Carter does not deny God created the earth. He tries his hardest to intertwine evolution with biblical Christianity. This is a common practice within Liberal Christianity, the mixing of what God's word says with moral relativism or in this case unscientific data that does not confirm evolution. Actual science and data is actually proving quite the opposite of Carter's statements.
Raushenbush's third question to Carter lead Carter right into an ad hominem attack against the Southern Baptist Convention for not allowing who to be preachers.
Beside the out right ad hominem attack of Cater he tries to justify his position on allowing women pastors by misappropriating the text in Galatians 3:28. To do this Carter really has to pull the meaning out of Galatians out of context. The text that Carter is referencing in Galatians 3:28 has nothing do with the question asked by Rasushenbush. What the Apostle Paul is referencing in this verse is the fulfillment of the Law from Moses by Christ. That the church of Galatia was receiving the blessings of God through their faith in Christ and not by their works has taught under the law of Moses. He is NOT teaching that there are no distinctions in the teaching roles between men and women.
The bible is very clear on the issue of not allowing women to be pastors. Like or not this is what the bible says. In 1 Timothy 2:12-14 we see Paul saying the following;
"I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.
For Adam was formed first, then Eve;
and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor."
Paul is very clear here and this is not just a cultural scenario or reference because Paul attached to this command "For Adam was formed, first then Eve;" This simple but clarifying statement makes it know that this was sense the beginning of mankind not just for the culture of that time. Hence it was from the beginning of mankind this command is in effect until Christ returns.
In the second part of the answer to Rasushenbush's question Carter again tries to take and twist meanings of scriptures by misapplying them to different textural meanings almost mocking those who follow what the bible says about women not preaching.
Rasushenbush's fourth question about homosexuality was set as a trap and Carter walked right into it. This question was a trap because of the way it was worded. I made a pre-assumption that is not fully true. He is assuming that true bible believing Christians won't accept homosexuals into their churches. There must be made a clarification here that as Christians we are not accepting of the behavior of homosexuality but we are loving of the sinner. We still want to show the love Christ shows all sinners, liars, thieves, adulterers, and homosexuals. We are all sinners before God and need Jesus Christ as our Savior regards of the name of the sin, sin is still sin before God and they are all equally damnable. Just because someone is acting in the behavior of homosexuality does not mean we need to exclude that person from our lives.
Looking at Rasushenbush's question and the way it is worded one can conclude that no matter how Cater answered it he would be in trouble. If I was Carter I would have asked for the question to be clarified reworded, but he didn't and fell right into this trap head first.
We can once again see Carters liberal views coming to surface in his answer. While Jesus may not have said anything directly in words about the sin of sexuality, he didn't need to for two very distinct reasons.
First Jesus is God in flesh the second person of the Trinity. Therefore God had already spoken on the issue of homosexuality back in the Old Testament and condoned it as a sin. So in reality Jesus did speak about the sin of homosexuality as God.
Secondly, if we look at the history and the culture of who Jesus at the time was speaking to we will find that Jesus was talking to the Jews. Jews of the time of Christ's time on earth knew that homosexuality was a sin and punishable by death in their culture. Therefore Jesus did not have to talk on the issue.
Carter and others try to use this argument that Jesus never said anything about homosexuality and only Paul talked about it. This argument is flawed and fallacious and contradicts Scripture.
We must remember also when the Apostle Paul talks about homosexuality it is because he is talking to Greeks not the Jewish people like Jesus. The Greeks that Paul was talking to where accustomed to and found the act of homosexuality almost a right to passage for young males. Paul need to be clear on this matter while Jesus did not because of the culture differences the two of them were speaking and teaching in.
When Carter was asked about the topic of slavery this is what he said.
Slavery in the modern world is horrific and terrible thing and should be abolished anywhere and everywhere. However, there is a big difference between the slavery in biblical times and slavery now. This verse should not be gotten rid of. NO part of God's word should every be deleted plain and simple.
I call Carter's next answer to the following question pleasing the Judge not crowd of Christians.
These are the time of Christians that never want anyone to judge anyone, no one can be wrong. The problem with their worldview is two fold . First by telling us not to judge someone are they not judging us by telling us that we are judging? Second, not every view can be right, all worldviews can wrong but only one can be true. We must make a judgement between what is right and what is wrong. Refusing to do so by not wanting to judge right and wrong violates the very basic principles of logic and reasoning.
What Cater is doing here is appealing to the liberal crowd of Christianity that totes the lines of Oprah and Osteen Christianity. Which is not really biblical Christianity but rather a man first, man centered philosophy of moral relativism.
Over all this interview by Rasushenbush is very troublesome. What is more troublesome are the answers that President Jimmy Carter gives to Raushenbush . Carter demonstrates his overall inability to properly handle Scripture. He also shows once again his overall liberal bias towards the Scriptures and his willingness to change what the Word of God says into what he wants it to say. This interview makes one wonder what Jesus has Carter and his wife been worshiping for the last 35 years?
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