Ben Carson Reveals the Death-Defying Moment He Truly Embraced God

7:00PM 8/19/2018 Billy Hallowell/Pureflix

Dr. Ben Carson overcame a childhood of intense poverty and struggle to become one of the most famous neurosurgeons in the world—but his story didn't end there.

Carson, an outspoken Christian who currently serves as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), also ran for president in 2016, inspiring millions of people in the process.

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Carson has long been open about his deep faith in God, routinely showcasing his calm and kind demeanor as he navigates the political landscape and shares his past struggles and victories.

But the man whom many now know as a faithful and compassionate leader wasn't always so calm and collected, as he revealed in an interview with's "Pure Talk" that a potentially disastrous decision he made as a teenager could have ruined his life.

"When I was 14 ... I had a pretty violent temper," Carson said. "I would go after people with sticks and baseball bats and hammers and rocks, and when I was 14 ... I got so angry I tried to stab another youngster."

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