Former President Jimmy Carter told a crowd of Sunday church-goers in Georgia that he is "at ease with death" and has been for the last several years after being diagnosed with cancer
Carter, 95, is the longest lived former president in U.S. history and has had several health challenges over the last year, including an accident in October in which he fractured his pelvis in a fall at his home in Plains, Georgia.
Carter delivered his remarks about the concept of life and death in the Christian faith during a sermon at Maranatha Baptist Church on Sunday in front of 400 people in which he discussed his health issues and how he had been "at ease with death" for years. The former president said after he was diagnosed with melanoma in 2015, Carter assumed at the time that he was "going to die very quickly."
"I, obviously, prayed about it. 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. It didn’t really matter to me whether I died or lived," Carter said, according to the Church's Facebook Live video of the former president's sermon. "I have, since that time, been absolutely confident that my Christian faith includes complete confidence in life after death.
“So, I’m going to live again after I die. Don’t know what form I’ll take, or anything.”
Less than seven months later, in March 2016, Carter announced that he no longer needed treatment for cancer.
The 39th President of the United States also talked a bit of politics during his Sunday Sermon, and the country's responsibility to others around the world.
"Wouldn't it be nice if the United States of America could be a superpower in maintaining peace?" he asks during his sermon. "Suppose the United States was a superpower in environmental quality. Suppose the United States was a superpower in treating people equally. See, that's the kind of superpower I would like to have."
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