Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Anne Rice’s announcement; examining her position on Christianity Part I


Respected American author, Anne Rice, announced on her face book page the other day that she was leaving Christianity. While she was raised Roman Catholic as a child, in her adult life and, for the bulk of her life until about twelve years ago, she was a self proclaimed atheist. She returned to Roman Catholicism and had a profound experience with Christ. The following are the posts from her face book page on July 29, 2010:
"For those who care, and I understand if you don’t: Today I quit being a Christian. I’m out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being “Christian” or to being part of Christianity. It’s simply impossible for me to “belong” to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten years, I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I’m an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else."
A few hours later she posted this:
“As I said below, I quit being a Christian. I’m out. In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.”
And finally one hour later she posted this:
"My faith in Christ is central to my life. My conversion from a pessimistic atheist lost in a world I didn't understand, to an optimistic believer in a universe created and sustained by a loving God is crucial to me. But following Christ does not mean following His followers. Christ is infinitely more important than Christianity and always will be, no matter what Christianity is, has been, or might become."
The above quotes show thoughtful, painful reflection and, an honesty that is completely refreshing. I personally think it is sad that she had to make this choice but I understand why she did. Yet, certainly it would be unthinkable to believe that Christianity has missed the mark for two thousand years... I mean it couldn’t be that orthodox doctrine has it wrong... could it? My answer is a resounding yes! In a world that has 38,000 plus denominations, many that will not share communion with each other... many that will not allow the possibility that the others are even followers of Christ... that the others have salvation and on and on... in this world of Christianity, in the now, I personally cannot see how it could be any other way. It cannot be the case that orthodoxy has it right... especially in view of Paul’s words in Ephesians chapter four stating that there is one Lord, one faith and one baptism. Really?
Still, Ms. Rice demonstrates that she has had a profound relational experience with God through Jesus. She has an unshakeable faith in the Lord and his mercy, love and, grace. There are many, myself included, who feel this same way. In fact, I believe that if people are honest with themselves that there are millions who share this view. There are many things that need to be rethought and reexamined; Theology, hermeneutics, eschatology and our view of the bible are but a few. The key is in examining what Jesus taught his followers about himself, the scripture, redemption, judgment etc. Maybe orthodoxy has a few things wrong. In the next post we will examine what these may be.

5 comments:

  1. So much thought went into her decision and I am struggling with the same issues. She put into words what I have been thinking for a long time, and thank you for your thoughts as well.

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  2. In her decision to go it alone as a Christ-follower, has Ms. Rice given up anything that is good?

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  3. I personally do not think so at this time... as originally designed, there would be benefit in body life that could not be achieved alone. However, if you read through his blog you will discover that I think that the church is off the mark in so many ways from the first century that it is probably better to be the lone ranger than to be judged by hypocrits steeped in error.

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  4. I have had, and am still in the middle of, similar concerns as those of Anne Rice. However, I have just begun again a study of the Hebraic roots of the Christian faith, and hope to have a better understanding of how the errors in the "church" have come to be. There may be some who think they know how to "fix" those errors. I wait!

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  5. People have a right to feel the way they feel, but personally I am so glad that Jesus did not give up on us the way we give up on each other. And to me that is what it sounds like Ms. Rice is doing. She puts me in the mind of Jonah when he gave up on the people of Ninevah. How can you love a God that you have never seen, but not love those He created? To give up Christianity and being a Christian in my eyesight is to give up on His people. I am so glad that I do not share the same feelings as Ms. Rice. Where would we be if we all thought this way? And yes I have felt like giving up just like the rest of you, but I cannot, my conscience will not allow this.

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