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July 30th, 2010
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Anne Rice leaves Christianity

Legendary author Anne Rice has announced that she’s quitting Christianity.

The “Interview with a Vampire” author, who wrote a book about her spirituality titled "Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession" in 2008, said Wednesday that she refuses to be “anti-gay,” “anti-feminist," “anti-science” and “anti-Democrat.”

Rice wrote, “For those who care, and I understand if you don't: Today I quit being a Christian ... 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.”

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  1. Listen2Truth2Day

    ...wow, lot's of mis-statements here by people speculating about the Bible and Jesus, including those of you who think the books of the Bible were written a few hundred years ago (Moses penned it around 1400BC)...the Bible is a collection of the most investigated writings of all time, so there is a tremendous amount of credible archeological and scientific material in this world available for review rooted in verifiable investigations...my response, read the Bible, do your own investigation, determine the Truth for yourself...hopefully, anne rice's denouncement of faith in the God of the Bible (it's difficult for me to believe she ever had Saving Faith in the first place) will bring some readers to investigate and find the Truth...God will call the Elect, not one more, not one less...

    July 31, 2010 at 9:54 am |
    • leslee

      "wow, lot's of mis-statements here by people speculating about the Bible and Jesus, including those of you who think the books of the Bible were written a few hundred years ago (Moses penned it around 1400BC). "

      I hope I am reading this wrong, and you seriously do not think Moses wrote the Bible. The Torah is what most likely was written by Moses, but that is just the first five books of the Bible. The Bible was put together by Roman Catholics. In fact, the final canon of Scripture, thereafter recognised by all Christians for over 1,000 years, was settled on 28 August 397 AD by the Council of Carthage after the example set by St Cyril of Jerusalem in 350.

      This Council met under the supervision of the Bishop of Carthage, North Africa, and the Western Roman Emperor, Flavius Honorius, the decrees being later approved by the Bishop of Rome, the Pope, who later also approved the definitive translation of St Jerome called the Vulgate. You are also aware that there are books that were left out of the Bible. These are called the Apocrypha.

      No one can say for sure that the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were actually written by these men. What about the many, many translations? What about the fact that there are about 18 versions of the Bible? Which one is the right one?

      I believe Anne Rice should denounce certain denominations – not Christianity. I am Episcopalian, and we pretty much accept anyone regardless or race, creed or gender.

      July 31, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @leslee

      You said, "I hope I am reading this wrong, and you seriously do not think Moses wrote the Bible. The Torah is what most likely was written by Moses, but that is just the first five books of the Bible"

      Actually, Moses didn't write the Torah. Google this.

      July 31, 2010 at 8:11 pm |
    • NL

      Yup, hard for Moses to write the Torah when Deuteronomy 34 records his death.

      August 1, 2010 at 12:15 am |
  2. Randy Burrill

    Anne –

    Don't get discouraged in your Christian walk!

    People will let you down time and time again, so focus on Christ and His words! All of our prayers are with you during this struggle that all of us believers face from time to time.

    Remember: Jesus did not come into this world to make bad people good – He came to make dead people live!! Show the world that you are alive, and have casted off the shadows forever because of Him!

    July 31, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  3. Obadiah

    I am not sure how a brilliant person like Anne Rice can, in her advancing years, take ten years to come to understand something that I have understood since childhood.

    July 31, 2010 at 3:50 am |
  4. aids

    to each their own,though the things she listed are not what christianity is supposed to be about,for lack of a better word anyone who believes in christ is christian,you can think the bible is delicious edible nom nom nom food or toilet paper and not believe anything more but still believe in christ and the teachings of love and still be considered a christian.
    the reason i have an issue with this is anne rice went nuts,joined christianity,denied any bisexual or gayness in her books,and now watch magickally it will all poof back LOL i dont care if she wants to make every one of her vampires bisexual,but to go deny it because of religion is a bit stupid.I expect to suddenly see her take all of that back and go back to being her old self.i have no issue with her taking or leaving the religion itself.
    its her choice,religion is derived from the latin term for bondage,so its never been my cup of tea.

    July 31, 2010 at 3:24 am |
  5. Amanda

    HelsGod: I do truly wish I had been under the illusion that all Christians were perfect. That was far from the case. The fakeness of putting on a show in church when life at home was falling apart ate up my pastor father and my mother. Weaknesses are inevitable in all of life. We are human and can break at any time. My father seemed to appeal for forgiveness for his weekly sins right before he stepped in that pulpit, and made no huge effort to change his ways all the rest of the week. Verbal and emotional abuse were an inevitable in the househould as well.

    Christian families are like any families. The spectrum ranges from supportive to destructive and everywhere in between. I am under no illusions of absolute one sidedness and have met some wonderful Christians in my time who are living not as the "religion" would have it, but based on their personal relationship with Christ. If you want to be a Christian feel free. Just remember your actions speak louder than any words you say. Yes, Christians are bound to make mistakes....but some stuff is just common sense. If you plan on taking a test and don't study you can't just pray your way to a decent grade. If you want to be a good example you can't just pray your sins away and keep sinning without thought after the prayer.

    I think the best Christians are those who would acknowledge that the religious system is flawed and faith is separate often from that. I am finding my new path after my experience growing up in the family I was in. I am choosing for myself without the voice of a religion shouting in my ears. Anne's decision is her own. She was brave to verbalize it.

    July 31, 2010 at 2:57 am |
  6. TJC

    Sounds like her dislike is not so much with Christianity as it is with Christendom, the most reprehensible part of Babylon the Great, the world empire of false religion. Not all so-called Christian religions represent the God of the Bible as they claim to. No wonder bad fruitage such as hatred, wars, involvement in politics, child abuse, etc. is evident in most "Christian" religions. They bring reproach on the only true God and his Son, Jesus, who love all mankind. It shows real strength of character to stand out as different and refuse to be a part of a huge organization that dishonors God. It's actually good news that she has chosen to no longer be associated with them!

    July 31, 2010 at 2:48 am |
    • NL

      There is no Christianity, only Christendom!

      People make the religion. It does not exist as a separate entity!

      July 31, 2010 at 1:37 pm |
  7. Satan

    Hypocritical Christians are my best tool for corrupting the souls of foolish humans. It is why I have opposed them ever since their creation. How dare they imagine that they will ever equal me in my perfection!!

    July 31, 2010 at 2:25 am |
  8. Trey

    I am blown away by how many posts I have read that discredit the Bible. This is the authoritative Word of God people. I appeal to those claiming Christianity here. If you believe the God is omniscient and all-powerful, would not he be able to sustain his words throughout time. Let's reason together and read this book and pray so that we are equipped to refute a world that is passing away. Heaven and earth will pass away, but His words will never pass away.

    To the non believer: God loves you and has a specific plan for each and every one of your lives. This love was manifest in the person of Jesus Christ and is sustained by the power of the Holy Spirit. What are you going to do about the fact that a man died for you 2000 years ago? But, if you will turn from your sins, believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, and receiv!e this gift, you will be saved!! I believe that no amount of suffering or hard times that this world pours out can compare with what God has in store for those who love Him! Amen!

    July 31, 2010 at 2:00 am |
    • Deborah Collins

      Trey, I like your heart, but no one can even promise to "turn from their sins" UNTIL they have trusted Christ and have the Holy Spirit indwelling them. The gospel of the grace of God that Paul was given to preach had no such requirement. Yes, folks it's that easy – believe in him and be saved forever – whether that appeals to you or not!

      July 31, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  9. PJammer

    Anne Rice is still free as a slave.

    July 31, 2010 at 1:22 am |
  10. Laurie

    Anne Rice needs to determine what it is that she is looking for. During her "Interview with a Vampire" phase she stated that she had been a Catholic but no longer believed. Then she decided that she couldn't write those types of books anymore because she was now a Christian. Now she decides that she isn't a Christian after all. Does anyone else get the idea that she changes her mind based on how many books she wants to sell? Either you believe in God or you don't. The labels don't matter, Christian, Muslim, Buddist.....at least they have beliefs and stick with them rather than using God to pump up book sales (or maybe she just likes to see her name in print) Here's a thought. How about keeping your beliefs to yourself Anne and then you can change your mind every day.

    July 31, 2010 at 12:08 am |
  11. Gary

    Anne is a brave intelligent woman. I respect her choice as an agnostic I made the same choice over 24 yrs ago. Any religion that is intolerant to Gays,Womens rights and is dosnt believe folks from other religions are worthly of heaven is bunk.

    July 30, 2010 at 11:51 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      Good evening, Gary. I do agree to an extent on the part of religion. As a Christian, I love gay people for who they are, human beings, but I don't have to accept their lifestyle. I don't have to accept the lifestyle of a drug addict, alcoholic, etc. I will love the person, but I don't condone one being gay, a drug addict, an alcoholic, and so on. If I tell a drug addict and/or an alcoholic that what they are doing is a sin, they would get offended as well. The body that God created was is supposed to be the Temple of the Holy Spirit and because the Holy Spirit is pure and holy, we should live a pure and holy life.

      July 31, 2010 at 12:04 am |
  12. SoulWindBlows

    Good for you Anne Rice. You don't have to label yourself a christian to be a good person. I'll read one of your books now. I won't eat at Chick-fil-a because of it's christian affiliations and that goes for other christian based business as well. You go Anne!!

    July 30, 2010 at 11:43 pm |
    • jim

      just for the record...it is not anout Anne

      August 1, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  13. michelle

    To be a true Christian, is to be Christ-like. How many Christians can actually say they are just like Jesus? Remember, he was without sin, but he died on the cross to save us from ours. He paid the price so that we might have the chance to be free of the burden of sin. I don't know of anyone who would lay down their life for me. .When Mary Magdalene was about to be stoned to death for adultery (widely practiced in some cultures) Jesus point-blank asked everyone there, "He who is with out sin, let him cast a stone..." One by one, they all slunk away. Those who call themselves Christians and point fingers are just like the ones who were about to stone Mary Magdalene. True believers in Jesus Christ acknowledge that we are sinners saved by grace, and we don't ever judge others. While the world preaches unity, equality, and tolerance, God said it first! "love your neighbor as you love yourself!" I think that if we all lived by that rule, then there wouldn't be any of this "hatred" Christians are being blamed for. God has a plan and a purpose for each of us. His will must be done here on earth as it is in Heaven. There is a spiritual battle being fought with every stroke of our keyboards. One last thought: I throw no stones.

    July 30, 2010 at 11:40 pm |
    • NL

      michelle
      Mary Magdalene was not identified as the woman to be stoned to death for adultery in the gospel. The idea that she was a prostitute only came in the sixth-century, in a sermon by Pope Gregory the Great. She was possessed by "seven demons" that Jesus exorcised meaning that she was sick, and not a sinner. If anything, she is characterized as the most loyal of Jesus' followers, yet the church has made her out to be a sinner. Just part of the anti-woman Christian agenda that Rice is rejecting.

      July 31, 2010 at 12:31 am |
    • Trey

      Well said sister!

      July 31, 2010 at 2:09 am |
  14. Deborah Collins

    Much of today's confusion is caused by the failure to realize that only Paul's letters are to and for us today, Israel's program is temporarily on hold. Paul is the only apostle who says we are saved IN OUR SINS by simply trusting Christ who died on our behalf settling the sin debt once and for all. Nothing else is required for salvation but to believe that - no crying over sin, no cleaning up your act, no religious ceremonies like water baptism. Christ died for the ungodly, not the godly. You and me. You do nothing; he did everything for you. Simply trust the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved for all time no matter what you do or don't do. That's the gospel of the GRACE of God, the "mystery" he revealed exclusively to Paul.

    July 30, 2010 at 11:25 pm |
    • NL

      So, you believe that someone can be completely unapologetic for misdeeds and even crimes against others, and still get a greater reward than their victims who could have hurt no one, but simply didn't accept Christ?

      Criminals having more rights than victims? Sounds like the American justice system we already have! You can keep that heaven. I wouldn't want to spend eternity with people like that.

      July 31, 2010 at 12:42 am |
  15. Charles

    Mikky - Exactly on the point. You can't say you believe in Christ, but don't believe in his word or his expectations of us. That doesn't make any sense at all. The Bible tells us how we are supposed to live and what God expects of us, but also that we will sin and all of us do. You can't pick and choose which parts of his word you believe or don't believe. Either you believe in Christ and his word or you do not, there is no middle ground (not even the one you're
    hoping will suit your lifestyle better).

    July 30, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  16. mikky

    I feel sorry for all of the people who are so scared to believe in anything higher than them. This society wants to believe anything goes and the will resist anything that says anything different. Wow, why not accept everything...maybe a pedophile is also born that way, maybe murder is actually okay too, why have any rules or any values at all. Most of the people commenting on this site don't want anyone telling them that anything they see as "okay" should be "okay" and that is why they disown Christianity or any other form of Biblical acceptance. In the long run, it isn't going to matter what you "want" because you won't have a say in the end. And to all of those who say she is still following Christ, you have really no idea what that means. You can't "follow" Christ if you don't believe what his word says...where is the magical beliefs coming from that you are choosing to believe. If you don't believe what's in the Bible, where exactly are you getting the message from? I guess your writing your own and hoping Christ will accept that...it's absurd.

    July 30, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  17. John

    1 Cor 6:9 "Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals"

    Lev 18:22-23 "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination."

    1 Tim 1:9-10 "realizing the fact that (civil) law is not made for a righteous man, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers"

    Rom 1:26-27 "For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error."

    July 30, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  18. Ed

    Jay.....she has not denounced her faith.....just giving up on labels, names, organizations. She is still following Christ.

    July 30, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
    • Charles

      Christ is Christianity, what exactly is she following then?

      July 30, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      @ Charles – Well said!

      July 30, 2010 at 11:01 pm |
  19. HeIsGod

    What part of "Ann leaving Christianity" don't you understand? Christianity is God reaching out to men and women through a relationship in His Son, Jesus Christ. She can believe in Christ all she wants, but if she is not living for Him, it is worthless for her to just believe and tremble at His name!! They knew Christ when He was here. We hear the legion of demons in the man of Gadara say, "What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? Art thou come hither to torment us before the time?" (Matt. 8:29). They not only recognized and acknowledged Christ, but they actually prayed to Him and had their prayers answered. "So the devils besought Him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go" (Matt. 8:31, 32). Yet for all this, demons are not saved, nor can they be.

    July 30, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      comment is for verify

      July 30, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
    • verify

      H.I.G.: Read the entire article. Read the comment from ReformedAndReforming. You do not know what you are talking about.

      July 30, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      @ verify- Umm, she said, "For ten years, I've tried. I've failed. I'm an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else."

      Her conscience? No, it was the very devil himself that has convince her to turn her back to Christ. She was never a Christian to begin with. A true Christian is rooted up in the Word of God and is anti-gay, anti-murder, anti-child molester, and anti-ungodly things. I have been in Christ for more than 15 years and it hasn't been easy and all of a sudden, I will leave Christianity because it isn't easy to be on or live as a Christian?

      July 30, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
    • verify

      H.I.G.: Rice wrote. "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.” She thinks she is "in Christ" just like you.

      July 30, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      @ verify – It was a vital part of the daily life of the early church–something to which they continually devoted themselves (Acts 2:42). In fact, without it, a believer's spiritual growth will be seriously hindered (Hebrews 10:24-25). Today, however, the word has lost much of its biblical meaning. It has been reduced to mere activity–without the key elements that God intended for our mutual benefit and growth. The purpose of this study is to examine what the Scriptures say about biblical, authentic fellowship–and to challenge you to pursue it as a lifestyle.

      In order to function the way God intends, you must understand your core identity. Contrary to what our culture emphasizes, you are not a self-contained, self-sufficient entity. You are a member of Christ's body! That means you are not independent, but interdependent. As in a human body, when an organ becomes diseased or infected, the whole body is affected, so it is in Christ's body. Your spiritual well-being affects other members–just as their well-being affects you. In Christ's body, there is no such thing as a spiritual "lone-ranger!"

      July 30, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  20. Amanda

    I truly appreciate Anne's honesty! I am a pastor's child who grew up in the Christian faith for a long time. When I got older, I went to a Christian college. If someone wants to be Christian that is their choice and there are good Christians and sadly bad Christians. I don't consider myself a Christian anymore. I saw too much of Christians backstabbing each other. I think believing there is one way is narrow minded. Yes, it is based on faith. And maybe a Christian would say I have too little faith. However, I believe in the beauty of the world! We don't have to know everything right now. I believe that energy in some form created our world, but energy in one strict sense like Christianity is really just a guess. One other reason I don't want to consider myself a Christian...when I was 16 years old I discovered that my pastor father was looking at porn websites. There is a world of hypocrisy when your father preaches on Sunday and looks at porn during the week. Especially if you are taught to believe that porn is evil. There is pain in this world. Everyone struggles with it. Putting on a Christian "face" or front to the world doesn't work. Being real and honest is commendable!

    July 30, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      Wow, Amanda, who told you that Christians are supposed to be so perfect that we don't deal with weakness? No one, not even your Pastor father, is perfect. Let me share with you some great men of God whom God used for His Glory:

      BTW, I agree that there are many hateful Christians, I deal with them from time to time, but they will never determine my relationship with Christ.

      God tells how Noah got drunk and lay naked in his tent. He tells how Lot sought the fellowship of the wicked Sodomites, lost all his influence, got drunk and ruined his own daughters. The Bible tells how Abraham deceived, calling Sarah his sister. Even saintly Moses lost his temper. When God commanded him to speak to the rock that Israel might be watered from it a second time, in a temper he beat upon it with his rod and so dishonored God that he lost his chance to enter the Promised Land.

      David, a man after God's own heart, a man used to write the Psalms, that blessed book of devotions for the saints through all these centuries, committed adultery with Bathsheba and then had her husband Uriah slain to hide his sin. The Bible tells how Samson, a judge of Israel who had been filled with the Holy Ghost and was a Nazarite from his birth, kept company with harlots until God left him powerless, a slave of the Philistines with his eyes burned out.

      The Bible tells how Peter denied Christ and cursed and swore; how all the disciples forsook Jesus and fled; how later Peter, fearing the Jewish Christians, played the coward again, and led even good Barnabas away with his dissimulations. The Bible tells how Joseph of Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus, was a coward, a secret disciple. Even Paul the apostle went up to Jerusalem against the plain leading of the Holy Spirit.

      So the saints of the Bible fell into sin. They were backsliders.

      These examples should humble us and teach us that even the mightiest of God's saints sometimes backslide, fall into sin, and so lose the sweet joy that every Christian ought to have.

      July 30, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
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