Dr. Ben Carson was a world-famous neurosurgeon before going on to become a 2016 presidential candidate. After losing the nomination, he accepted the position as the 17th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. His incredible personal story started with a childhood of poverty, but hard work and perseverance later earned him success.
Carson, whose biography is told through “Gifted Hands,” a movie now streaming on PureFlix.com, is an outspoken Christian who has frequently shared how his faith in the Almighty guides his life and career.
Below, find seven of Carson’s most powerful quotes about faith and God:
“Everyone in the world is worth being nice to. Because God never creates inferior human beings, each person deserves respect and dignity.”
“God has given us more than 14 billion cells and connections in our brain. Why would God give us such a complex organ system unless he expects us to use it?”
“Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.”
“If we acknowledge our need for God, he will help us.”
"I follow the simple principle that God cares about every area of our lives, and God wants us to ask for help.”
“I have to come to realize that God does not want to punish us, but rather, to fulfill our lives. God created us, loves us and wants to help us to realize our potential so that we can be useful to others.”
"There's a verse in the Bible, Proverbs 29:18, that says, 'without a vision the people perish,' and I look around and see a lot of people who just are not thriving.”
These quotes provide a lens into Carson’s Christian worldview — a perspective that he has often shared when speaking about his life and upbringing. Carson was born in Detroit, and went from a childhood in poverty to attending medical school.
Years later, he became a revered pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. After that, he entered the political arena, but failed to capture the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
That didn’t stop Carson from taking a government post, though, when he assumed the role of secretary of HUD in 2017 under President Donald Trump.
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