Thursday, November 30, 2006

A Very Seriously Distorted Interpretation Of Scripture

I happened to catch an interview with former President Jimmy Carter on CNN's The Situtation Room with Wolf Blitzer the other day. I have always felt that Jimmy Carter was a better President than most people have given him credit for AND that as an evangelical Christian he has done a much better job representing Christ than most folks in the public arena.

After his visit with Blitzer he was interviewed by Ben Mankiewicz of The Young Turks. At the very end of the interview President Carter expressed a point of view that I believe to be correct but does not sit well with most Christians. Here's the question and President's Carter's response:

BEN: We are essentially out of time and only have time for one more question, talking to the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter. Mr. President, you are an Evangelical Christian, how do you account then for the sort of rabid support for everything Israel does without qualification from so many Evangelical Christian leaders in this country, and how do you think that influences the administrations politics?

CARTER: Some Christians who I know very well, very devout people, believe a certain interpretation of Revelations, that in my opinion are quite weird, in that in the coming of Christ that the holy land has to be occupied by the Jews and not by anyone else and then in the end that all Jews will have to be killed or either converted to Christianity. This is a very seriously distorted interpretation of the Scriptures that I am very familiar with.

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