Jimmy Carter With Lust in His Heart

Jimmy Carter The Playboy Interview - Excerpt

November 1976

Because I'm just human and I'm tempted and Christ set some almost impossible standards for us. The Bible says, "Thou shalt not commit adultery." Christ said, I tell you that anyone who looks on a woman with lust has in his heart already committed adultery. I've looked on a lot of women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times.... This is something that God recognizes, that I will do and have done, and God forgives me for it. But that doesn't mean that I condemn someone who not only looks on a woman with lust but who leaves his wife and shacks up with somebody out of wedlock. Christ says, don't consider yourself better than someone else because one guy screws a whole bunch of women while the other guy is loyal to his wife. The guy who's loyal to his wife ought not to be condescending or proud because of the relative degree of sinfulness.

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Ralph Deeds 8 years ago Author

I wonder if Carter is endorsing Giuliani?


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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

I think I will pass on the judgment

Who am I to condemn?


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William F. Torpey 8 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

I remember that quote. Playboy, wasn't it?


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Ralph Deeds 8 years ago Author

Yep. I ran across the funny picture somewhere and looked up the quote from the Playboy interview.


Playboy Fresh faces 8 years ago

LOL that is way too funny!

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