What about raising the topic of Buddhism?
I didn’t say much about Buddhism. Look, I don’t think there’s any question, this is a matter of fact. I don’t think Buddhism is hostile to forgiveness or redemption, but Christianity, like no other religion we’ve ever known, is principally, and fundamentally, and especially about forgiveness and redemption. That is what Christianity is based on. That is why Christ was here. That is what he came here to achieve. On that issue, Christianity is unique.
Some have questioned whether Christianity can help you be more faithful to your spouse.
I don’t think you draw a straight line that way. My sense is that if you turn to Christ and seek his forgiveness and mean it, you’ll get it. You will be impelled and inspired to live the Christian life. Christianity is a religion for sinners. It doesn’t encourage you to sin, it encourages you not to, but it provides a way of forgiveness and redemption. That’s what Tiger Woods, like many sinners, needs. That’s something we all need. He, in his particularly desperate moment here where he appears to be losing his family, is in special need of it. And I hope he finds it.
Some people might say, “What about Christians like Ted Haggard or Mark Sanford?”
I don’t think I would blame Christianity for the failings of people like that. Christianity is the right religion for people like that. Christianity is a religion for sinners. Christianity is not about the salvation of perfect people. Christianity is a way for people who are not perfect to be saved. What Mark Sanford needs is not less Christianity. He needs more of it.