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December 9, 2008

ABC Interview with Bush Reveals More About His Faith

A new ABC interview with President Bush reveals more about his faith, and views on a literal interpretation of the Bible and evolution.

Stepping on some hot topics, Bush said the Bible is "probably not" literally true and believes that God created the earth and in evolution. Here's the interview excerpt:

MCFADDEN: Is it literally true, the Bible?

BUSH: You know. Probably not ... No, I'm not a literalist, but I think you can learn a lot from it, but I do think that the New Testament, for example is ... has got ... You know, the important lesson is "God sent a son."

MCFADDEN: So, you can read the Bible...

BUSH: That God in the flesh, that mankind can understand there is a God who is full of grace and that nothing you can do to earn his love. His love is a gift and that in order to draw closer to God and in order to express your appreciation for that love is why you change your behavior.

MCFADDEN: So, you can read the Bible and not take it literally. I mean you can -- it's not inconsistent to love the Bible and believe in evolution, say.

BUSH: Yeah, I mean, I do. I mean, evolution is an interesting subject. I happen to believe that evolution doesn't fully explain the mystery of life and ...

MCFADDEN: But do you believe in it?

BUSH: That God created the world, I do, yeah.

MCFADDEN: But what about ...

BUSH: Well, I think you can have both. I think evolution can -- you're getting me way out of my lane here. I'm just a simple president. But it's, I think that God created the Earth, created the world; I think the creation of the world is so mysterious it requires something as large as an almighty, and I don't think it's incompatible with the scientific proof that there is evolution.

The entire article is worth a read, but here's another portion:

In the interview, Bush also spoke at length about his personal faith and how it has informed his presidency. The president said that his relationship with God has grown over time, and began when he decided to stop drinking.

"It is hard for me to justify or prove the mystery of the Almighty in my life," he said. "All I can just tell you is that I got back into religion and I quit drinking shortly thereafter and I asked for help -- I was a one-step program guy."

When asked if he thought he would have become president had it not been for his faith, Bush said, "I don't know; it's hard to tell. I do know that I would have been -- I'm pretty confident I would have been a pretty selfish person."

Bush said he is often asked if he thinks he was chosen by God to be president.

"I just, I can't go there," he said. "I'm not that confident in knowing, you know, the Almighty, to be able to say, 'Yeah, God wanted me of all the other people.' My relationship [with God] is on a personal basis trying to become as closer to the Almighty as I possibly can get. And I've got a lot of problems. I mean, I got, you know, the ego ... all the things that prevent me from being closer to the Almighty. So, I don't analyze my relationship with the good Lord in terms of, well, you know, God has plucked you out or God wants you to do this. I know this: I know that the call is to better understand and live out your life according to the will of God."

After he leaves the White House, Bush told ABC that he will try "to stay on the walk to the last day on the face of the Earth." He said, "I've come to this conclusion -- maybe I'm wrong, I don't know -- that the full understanding of Christianity is going to take a full lifetime of study."

Comments

Sounds as though the senior Bush & Barbara did a fairly poor job of raising George W. as far as any bibical teaching of Chrisianity is concerned.
Our President seems to have a rather poor grasp of the Scriptures, and certainly of Christianity.

OF ALL THE PRESIDENTS I THINK PRESIDENT BUSH DID WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS THE RIGHT THING WITH THE WAR. I CAN UNDERSTAND THE WAY HE IS THINKING ABOUT GOD AND HOW HE WORKS IN OUR LIVES. HE IS RIGHT! EGO DOES GET IN THE WAY! TO HAVE AND WANT GOD TAKING CARE OF US WE HAVE TO SUBMIT TO HIM EVERYDAY. GOD DOES HEAL AND HE DOES HELP US THROUGH TOUGH TIMES BUT WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THE BAD TO KEEP OURSELVES ON TRACK. GOD BLESS PRESIDENT BUSH AND OUR COUNTRY.
OUR FREEDOM IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR! IRAQ PEOPLE HAD THE SAME SITUTION AS CUBA HAS AND HOPEFULLY OBAMA WILL NOT PULL OUT AND LEAVE A SITUATON WHERE WE HAVE TO GO BACK THERE 5 YEARS FROM NOW.
WE CAN SEE THAT LITTLE BY LITTLE OUR FREEDOM IS SLIPPING AWAY.
I HAVE FAITH IN GOD BUT NOT IN OBAMA AND HIS LIBERAL CONGRESS. I DON'T KNOW MANY PEOPLE THAT VOTED FOR OBAMA! IN FOUR YEARS THIS COUNTRY WILL BE GLAD TO HAVE A GUN/RELIGIOUS PALIN.
LETS SEE PALIN WAS 94% RATING AND THE IL GOV WAS 4%. I GUESS IT HAS TO DO WITH THE GUNS AND RELIGION.
THANK GOD

It's hard to believe that Mr. Bush has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, both because he never mentions the name of Jesus and he refers to God in an impersonal way as "the Almighty" rather than his Heavenly Father. He's also very fuzzy on the reliability of the Bible. It would be gratifying to hear Mr. Bush say categorically that he has received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, having placed his trust in Him for forgiveness of sins and assurance of eternal life. From what I know of the President's faith, he most likely is a universalist--one who believes that there are many roads that lead to God and Christianity is only one of them. A true Christian is someone who has a personal relationship with God and is a follower of His Son Jesus who said, "I am the way,and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me."

I'm sorry but I can't stand to hear Bush talk about the Lord.

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It seems that people make a declaration of faith, and if they are famous or important, we all want to know. Me I just wait and see, as someone who lives in the UK it was similar with Blair, it did nottake long for his true colours to show. Our problem appears to be that we have traditions which people hide behind, new ones have invaded the evangelical church lately. So that a new breed of super christian comes through, they often fail, when the going gets tough, spiritually that is.

Why is everyone so judgemental? Nobody knows the relationship he has with the Lord. God has many names in the Bible. What is wrong with calling Him the Almighty? Obviously, Bush has a testimony. Maybe he has a lot to learn, but don't we all? Judge not, therfore you will not be judged. It is not our right to judge. It is our job to correct and hold accountable but not slander someone.