Jimmy Carter, 95, says Christian faith allows him to be ‘completely at ease with death’

William Cummings


Published 8: 05 AM EST Nov 5, 2019

Former President Jimmy Carter, 95, didn’t plan on letting a recent fall and fractured pelvis keep him away from church for long, and on Sunday he was back to share his thoughts on life and death with the congregation.

Using a walker and requiring assistance, Carter taught a 45-minute lesson on the trials of Job and told the more than 400 attendees at the Maranatha Baptist Church in the southwest Georgia town of Plains that they should not doubt the Bible’s promise of life after death. 

“It’s incompatible for any Christian not to believe in life after death,” he said, though he admitted he had wrestled with his own doubts through his life.  

Carter said that after he was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2015, “I assumed, naturally, that I was going to die very quickly.” 

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“I obviously prayed about it,” he said. “I didn’t ask God to let me live, but I just asked God to give me a proper attitude toward death. And I found that I was absolutely and completely at ease with death.” 

The 39th president, who served from 1977 to 1981, continued saying, “It didn’t really matter to me whether I died or lived, except I was going to miss my family and miss the work at the Carter Center, and miss teaching Sunday school sometimes,” he said. And since then he said has not doubted that he will live again, as the Bible teaches. 

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Carter – who is the oldest former president in U.S. history – was briefly hospitalized after falling in his home on Oct. 21. It was his second fall of the month after getting stitches for another spill that left him with a deep bruise over his left eye. 

His injury only forced him to miss one Sunday school lesson, and he insisted on teaching this week over the objection of his Secret Service detail, family members and fellow parishioners who thought he should rest. 

Contributing: The Associated Press 

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