O God, stamp eternity on my eyeballs…
Jimmy Carter’s new work – NIV Bible
March 21, 2012Posted by on
I personally am confused about and find reprehensible the new work of Jimmy Carter and his NIV Lessons from Life Bible. Sure, there may be ‘experiences’ contained in this work that are valid but at best this is a pragmatic work – and i haven’t even read it.
“How dare you,” you may say.
Well, i can only take this stance from Carter’s own position on one issue – homosexuality – and this guy is Baptist! By this one issue Jimmy Carter denounces the authority of scripture and asserts himself to be the authority. He even borrows from contemporary thought process that suggests with all the knowledge at our fingertips, we have evolved past needing traditions or that ‘old time religion’ and even the Bible itself. To support this, Carter says that “the basic principles of the bible are taught by God, but written down by human beings deprived of modern day knowledge,” in an interview with Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, senior religion editor of Huffington Post. It is clear that Jimmy Carter has not read the Bible, how can he be an editor of one, much less an authority on it. I personally find reprehensible that post modern thought process that says our modernity, our evolution has perfected us past needing historical records to guide us, inform us and teach us. The Bible is such a historical document that not only has historical accounts, so that we "will not follow in their footsteps" but also and more important, the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to convert us and make us lovers of God. If there is anyone or any statement that contradicts or excuses anything in the Bible – that one should be reproved, and if by two or three he/she does not repent "then let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican" (Matthew 18:15; 2 Thess 3:15).
The bible, contrary to Carter’s views, must be interpreted rigidly and according to Carter, “that makes you ultimately into a fundamentalist.”
I am a fundamentalist, then and an ‘old time’ religionist.
Conclusion: this is a reprehensible work that only helps the ‘love of many to grow cold’ and the heaping up of itching ears.