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Ben Carson Asked to Reveal What God Told Him About Presidential Run

Ben Carson Asked to Reveal What God Told Him About Presidential Run

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks at South Bethel Church in Tipton, Iowa, November 22, 2015. |

Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson opened up in an interview about the prayer that led him to run for president.

Carson was asked in an interview with The Church Boys podcast to explain the divine calling that, he claims, inspired his presidential run. God gave him a "clear message" that running for president was the right move, he said.

"It was easy for me, because all the pundits, all the political experts said, 'Absolutely impossible — a political novice to run for president? There's no way you can out together an organization, there's no way you can pay for it. It's impossible,' which comforted me," Carson said in his answer.

The retired neurosurgeon then later told God:

"I finally said, 'Lord if you truly want me to do this, you'll have to open the doors, because I'm certainly not going to kick them down. And if you open the doors I will walk through them.'"

He added: "'And as long as you hold them open, I will walk through them, but if you close them, I will sit down."

Carson has made his Christian faith a centerpiece of his presidential campaign.

He has started social media campaigns asking people to post photos of themselves with an "In God We Trust" or "I Am A Christian" sign, in solidarity with fellow believers and religious freedom in the country.

Carson has also called on pastors to endorse him in his quest for the White House, and has argued that secular progressives are attacking people of faith in America.

"They mock people of faith and prayer because they do not understand the power of prayer. They have not experienced the powerful change that occurs by humbling yourself and calling on God to intercede," he said.

In the past, the retired neurosurgeon has described America's relationship with God as "schizophrenic."

"The pledge of allegiance to our flag says we are one nation under God. Many courtrooms in the land, on the wall it says 'In God We Trust.' Every coin in our pocket, every bill in our wallet says 'In God We Trust,'" the GOP candidate said in October.

"So if it's in our founding documents, it's in our pledges, in our courts and it's on our money, but we're not supposed to talk about it, what in the world is that? In medicine it's called schizophrenia. And I, for one, am simply not willing to kick God to the curb," he added.

Carson failed to register among the top winners in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries, but in a statement on his Facebook page vowed to continue fighting on.

"I will carry on this fight for as long as the people stand with me," he wrote Tuesday night.

"As we now move on to South Carolina, Nevada and the Super Tuesday states, I will continue to stand for integrity, accountability and honest leadership."

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