While President Barack Obama's beliefs today are claimed to be
Christian beliefs, what
candidly about his beliefs prior to setting his
sights on the presidency warrants a closer look.
Discussed hereafter are Barack Obama's beliefs as he shared them in a rare 2004
interview with Chicago Sun-Times columnist Cathleen Falsani, as well as the then candidate Barack Obama's January 2008
revelation about his beliefs. An update will follow when Barack Obama responds to the more pinpointed questions below
about his beliefs.
In his April 2004 interview, Barack Obama expounded:
"The difficult thing about any religion, including
Christianity, is that at some level there is a call to evangelize and
proselytize. There’s the belief, certainly in some quarters, that if people haven’t embraced Jesus Christ as
their personal savior, they’re going to hell."
Firstly, the "call to evangelize"
is both a duty and a privilege for all Christians
(see personal testimony of faith),
not "the difficult thing" for just those
"at some level."
belief... that if people haven’t embraced Jesus Christ as their personal savior,
they’re going to hell" isn't just "in some
quarters"; it is one of the core tenets of Christianity that
In fact, Jesus taught about hell more often than anyone else in the Bible. For
example, He commanded:
"And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill
the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in
hell." (Matthew 10:28)