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July 30th, 2010
03:30 PM ET

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. jesse

    you can't leave a place you've never been

    August 21, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  2. pearl

    It is such a shame how some human beings who were created by God could be so bold as to disrespect Him. He sent His Son Jesus to save us all. Many tend to bring Him down to human level. if you took the time to read His word and pray and ask Him to reveal Himself through His Word he will never fail you.God's desire is that all men should come to know Him so that they will not be sent to eternal Hell. Yes . hell is real. People expect God to act as humans but He is God , He is the Creator of this world and everthing in it belong to Him. There is also a satan who is trying his best to take people with him and he succeeds whenever you read some of these comments.. God has asked us who know Him to pray for men everywhere and that is what true followers of Christ do. I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ . I know hwere I am going when I die , do you?

    August 16, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  3. Esther

    After reading the blog and most of the comments underneath it, I all of a sudden felt convicted and guilty. Why? Because we aren't doing what God has created us to do, and that is to share the eternal love of God with the hopeless, not be selfish with His love! I've realized that when we lack in faith and in love, we deny that we are the children of God. It seems as the years pass, with have become more comfortable as Christians. God is a God of mercy, love, forgiveness, etc (this is true), but, He is also just. What happened to having the fear of the Lord? The fear of disobeying Him. Slowly, but surely, we are being reeled in to the world and its ways, forgetting about who we are and who He is. Our time here is short. Then what? Would we be able to face the Lord with pride at the thought that "we did good on earth, isn't that what matters"? You know what the worst part about Hell is? Being band from the presence of the Lord for all eternity. It's like, when something causes you pain (i.e. physically, mentally, emotionally), you immediately call upon Lord's name. But the pain in hell is beyond what one can comprehend, and when you call on the Lord for help, you will hear no response.... Just your own pained voice, echoing into the depth of your fateful soul.

    August 16, 2010 at 1:34 am |
  4. sarah

    What an unfortunate way to get attention. Obviously you have never listened to Joyce Meyer or Pastor Arnold Murray. Perhaps you shoud and then read the Bible for yourself instead of letting others interpret it for you!

    August 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  5. Patti

    Matthew 25 31-46
    The Last Judgment – Matthew 25:31-46
    The final teaching material of Jesus presented in Matthew’s gospel brings the discourse on last things to a powerful climax. The series of parables beginning in Matthew 24:46 has increasingly raised the question of what it means to be prepared for Christ’s coming. The parable of the talents gave significant insight into this subject, but the final unit in this discourse takes us even further in our understanding of being ready.

    This section is sometimes called the parable of the sheep and the goats. Verses 32-33 contain a brief illustration of the separation process of the final judgment using the example of a shepherd separating sheep and goats. However, the literary form of this paragraph is the judgment scene similar to visions of the final judgment found in both the Old Testament and intertestamental Jewish literature. There are three significant differences between these verses and the typical judgment scene visions of Judaism.

    First, the Son of Man (Jesus’ favorite title for himself) is at the center of the judicial process. He is judge but also the way people respond to him determines what the judgment about them will be. Second, the judgment involves all the nations. In the Jewish visions of judgment it was only the Gentiles who would be judged. Finally, the basis upon which the judgment proceeds is not faithfulness to the Torah or treatment of Israel, but rather the treatment of Jesus’ "little brothers."

    For a number of years it has been popular to interpret this passage as if it were appealing to a general kind of humanitarian kindness to people in need. In such a line of interpretation there was no specific Christian or Christological content to salvation. Many thought the teaching simply promised salvation on the basis of kind treatment of needy people. In recent years a more careful reading of the passage has helped us see a more specifically Christian concern. The use of terms like "brothers" and "the least of these" in Matthew does not point to humanity in general but specifically to believers. Thus, the criterion of judgment is the treatment of disciples by the nations rather than treatment of human kind in general.

    In this sense the passage provides an extension of the teaching in Matthew 10:40-42 that commends those who give a cup of cold water in Christ’s name. Though this section certainly does not condemn general humanitarian concern for the needy, that is not its point. The point is that all the peoples of the earth will be judged on the basis of their response to the message of the kingdom of God. That message is always brought to them by "brothers" or "little ones" or disciples. Readiness for Christ’s coming does not happen simply by being kind to everybody. Rather, readiness occurs when we join our lives and fortunes with those who carry the gospel message. When we feed one of Christ’s brothers who is about the work of the kingdom; when we visit one of Christ’s sisters who is proclaiming the gospel message; it is the same as if we had done that act of identification with Christ himself.

    Throughout this section there has been no middle ground. Everything has been painted in terms of separation into one of two groups. The sheep or the goats; the saved or the lost; those on the right and those on the left. It should come as no surprise then that there are only two destinies: eternal punishment and eternal life. The section on end times had begun with Jesus’ prediction of the destruction of the temple. This took place in AD 70 apparently before Matthew’s gospel was in its final written form. However, this discourse has moved far beyond the questions of the future of the temple. The future of all human beings and the basis of their judgment provide the dramatic climax to this final section of Jesus’ teachings in Matthew.

    August 8, 2010 at 11:38 pm |
  6. Patti

    Ben Yah-Vah Says:
    The Hebrew-Jewish Messiah after his death was the end of the Mosaic and Levitical Laws! See: Roman 10:4; Matthew 5:17. Ephesians 2:15. Colossians 2:14. You are parted from the Hebrew-Jewish Messiah, who ever you are that try to be declared righteous by means of Law.

    BECAUSE now, Jesus had died on the cross for the sin of all mankind, thus allowing anyone to have Salvation and be with him eternally in heaven.Proof:
    What does the Bible say about Salvation?
    Are you saved and going to heaven? This is a very important question and probably one that most people ask at some time in their life. To understand God's plan for our salvation we need to look at the Bible. In this article I will look at a number of verses that help us to understand how to be saved, but first I will look at what salvation is.

    What is salvation?

    When the Bible talks about salvation it touches on two main areas.

    Being rescued from the penalty of sin – which means death and eternal separation from God.
    Being in right relationship with God – both now in this life and for all eternity.
    In the Bible we see that when Jesus came and died on the cross, He came to pay the price or our sin. He took the punishment that was rightfully ours. His death opened the way for us to be forgiven of our sin and to be brought back into a right relationship with God. In a future tense it means that those those who put their faith and trust in Jesus will spend eternity with God.

    How does someone find salvation?

    The following verses are taken from the Bible and give us an understanding of God's plan for salvation. They tell us of our condition through God's eyes, they tell us of God's great love for us and they tell us that God has provided a way for us to find salvation through Jesus Christ. Please read the verses carefully and I pray that God will reveal His plan for your personal salvation today.

    Romans 3:23 – "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God".

    Many of us feel we live good lives and mostly we do. The problem is when we say this, we are measuring ourselves against our standards, not the standards God has set in place – the Ten Commandments (Footnote #1). If we are honest and we take a moment to read through them, it doesn't take much to see that everyone has broken at least one of them at some time of our lives. God says that if we break one of them, we are guilty of breaking them all (James 2:10).

    Romans 6:23 – "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord".

    The punishment for sin in the Bible is very clear – death and eternal separation from God in hell. All of us will live for eternity, but we will not all go to heaven. Hell is not just reserved for all those who are murderers and rapists, but for all those who do not believe in Jesus Christ. John 3:18 says, "Those who believe in Him (Jesus) are not condemned, but those who do not believe in Him stand condemned already". We need to choose where we spend eternity and this is done by accepting God's gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.

    Romans 5:8 – But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.

    Some people doubt that God could love them because of some of the things they have done, but God showed us all just how much He loved us when He sent Jesus to die for us on the cross. Jesus Himself said that there is no greater love than one who gives His life for another. He then demonstrated His love by going to the cross in our place. He died to take the punishment of our sin. Because of this we can be acceptable to God if we accept that Jesus died for our sin.

    Ephesians 2:8&9 – "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not the result of works, so that no one may boast".

    Many people today think they will find salvation through living a good life. They believe that at the end of their lives, God will judge their good and bad deeds. Because they were mostly a good person they think that God will let them into heaven. The Bible teaches us that we are saved by faith and not by the good things we have done. If we could have made it to heaven by living a good life then Jesus would not have had to die on the cross to make a way for us to find salvation?

    John 14:6 – Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" and Acts 4:12 – "There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved".

    There are many religions in the world and many say it doesn't matter what you believe as long as you believe something. Some even say that all roads lead to Rome, in other words all religions lead to salvation. But the Bible is very clear in this matter and tells us that the only way to salvation is through Jesus. Although some may call Christians arrogant for believing this, they are just repeating what God says in His Bible.

    John 3:16 – "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life".

    This is one of the key Bible verses and some have said it is the Bible within the Bible. The whole theme of the Bible is salvation through Jesus Christ and this verse tells very plainly that those who do believe shall not perish, but will know they have eternal life. Many people believe our salvation is like a lottery until we die, but verses like this one show us we can be assured of our salvation before we die. We can know we will spend eternity in heaven if we have faith in Jesus Christ.

    John 5:24 – "Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life".

    Jesus tells us in this verse that if we hear His words and believe in Him we have eternal life. We therefore can be assured of our salvation and will not be judged by God when we stand before Him when our time comes. We have already passed the judgment as far as salvation is concerned. Those who have not received Jesus are under God's judgment.

    August 8, 2010 at 11:05 pm |
  7. Patti

    The Conception of Jesus Foretold
    Mary, a virgin, was living in Galilee of Nazareth and was engaged to be married to Joseph, a Jewish carpenter. An angel visited her and explained to her that she would conceive a son by the power of the Holy Spirit. She would carry and give birth to this child and she would name him Jesus.
    At first Mary was afraid and troubled by the angel's words. Being a virgin, Mary questioned the angel, "How will this be?" The angel explained that the child would be God's own Son and, therefore, "nothing is impossible with God." Humbled and in awe, Mary believed the angel of the Lord and rejoiced in God her Savior.

    Surely Mary reflected with wonder on the words found in Isaiah 7:14 foretelling this event, "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel." (NIV
    Immanuel

    August 8, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  8. Ben Yah-Vah

    The explanation of the Hebrew-Messianic Judgement is written in Matthew 25:31-46. There is no Religion envolvement in this Judgment. Read it again and again, no religious envolvement in this judgment.

    August 8, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  9. Ben Yah-Vah

    The Hebrew-Jewish Messiah after his death was the end of the Mosaic and Levitical Laws! See: Roman 10:4; Matthew 5:17. Ephesians 2:15. Colossians 2:14. You are parted from the Hebrew-Jewish Messiah, who ever you are that try to be declared righteous by means of Law. Galatian 5:4. You have fallen away from his underserve kindness. Roman 11:6; Hebrew 12:15.

    August 8, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  10. Ben Yah-Vah

    The Hebrew-Jewish Messiah was not born in a barn nor a stable, Immanuel was born in a house. See: Matthew 2:11.

    August 8, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  11. Ben Yah-Vah

    Christians and Protestant are the eventions of the spritual leaders after the death of the Hebrew-Jewish Messiah, Immanuel Yah-Shua in 33 AD. Look in your Bible Isaiah 7:14 and in Matthew 1:23, IMMANUEL not the Catholic Iesoun nor the Prostant Jesus nor the Greek Iesous. This is just one eye opener. Merian (Mary) and Yah-Seph (Joseph) did not name their Son Jesus, "They" Merian and Yah-Seph named their Son IMMANUEL. In your own Bible read it again. IMMANUEL.

    August 8, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  12. Jenny Terry

    I am very happy to see this issue being discussed in an open forum. I, like Anne, reached that same conclusion many years ago. I have denouced all faiths and consider myself agnostic. I have long wondered why many churches, primarily in the deep south, push their personal prejudices and political views upon their followers. I have long since wondered why so many of the church representatives have made a nice living for themselves on the chairty of their followers. I think the churches should be taxed! It's an open gate to theft! I have long since wondered why there has been sexual abuse cases within the church and many are willing to "forgive" them for "their sins". Yet, they not have that ability to forgive others outside of their church. How does one christian dislike another christian for their different views on religion. There is said to be a judgement day and one judge? Religion. The cause of hate, prejudices and war. I want nothing to do with it. Kudos to Anne for her compassion to look beyond "religion" and see the good and love in everyone regardless of their affiliation. I dare anyone to damn me to hell as I've been living in hell, here in the real world!

    August 7, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  13. jesse

    If Anne Rice believes like our President Barak Obama does, that his/her salvation depends on saving others or saving themselves, then Jesus Christ is irrelevant to both.

    August 7, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  14. jesse

    Anne Rice needs to read some truly "Christian" writers!!!! I recommend "Broken Down House" by Paul David Tripp" I just finished teaching a Sunday School lesson these last two Quarters {March-Sept} based on this theologically sound book.

    August 7, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  15. Aurelius

    And I should care what Anne Rice thinks because?

    This is not a major philosopher leaving Christanity. It is a pop-fiction writer. It isn't the opinion of some learned theologican, and she doesn't address the theological issues she had problems with in a serious way.

    Sorry she is leaving, and I feel bad for her loss, but is this newsworthy?

    August 6, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  16. Peggy

    If Ms. Rice was only a Christian to be with people who were like her, she missed the point. Christianity is not a social club. Christianity is a term used to describe the 2.1 billion people who believe the Jesus Christ is the Son of God. So probably this is not a bad thing that she decided to stop calling herself one.

    August 6, 2010 at 1:47 am |
  17. Says in the Bible.....

    All of you that quoted it says in the bible (in so many words) homosexuals, feminist and science is wrong.... What did you eat for dinner last night? Maybe some pork or shellfish? No No in the bible. Did you're woman sit in the back of the church and cover her head last Sunday? Says it in the bible. Explain to me how those things are by-passed and okay but you CHOSE other things to dwell on? Give it to me.....

    August 5, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
  18. Nisi

    I completely understand Anne Rice. Infact not too long ago I was in that very same position. Only this time I was looking at the Palestine/Israel conflict seeing atrocities being committed by both sides. It is true, there are those churches that side with Israel believing that it is Gods land (forgetting that when Jesus died on the cross, his land no longer was the physical Israel but that we as his followers are Israel). Looking at the conflict I became troubled wondering why God would allow the palestines to suffer so much (and the Israelites have also suffered) but i could not believe in a God that takes sides when it came to his people, his own creation.
    What I am trying to say is that it all comes down to whether a person is a Christian by having a true relationship with Christ adn following Christ, or a "Christian" by having a relationship with the church and following the church. The church is made up of humans, therefore faults are inevitable, and yes the fundamental church have taken some stands that are not biblical, infact if you read the bible and read the chapters, not just the verses they claim their beliefs come from, you will realise that alot of fundamentalists take the scripture out of context, telling the churcht hat the bible tells us one thing when infact it tells us another.
    God is a God of Love, and a God who DOES NOT contradict himself. Therefore, if anything the church tells you contradicts this notion of a Loving God (keeping in mind that He is also a jelous God), then think twice,and before denouncing Christianity, find out for yourself what your God, and savior says about those things.
    It is Good to ask questions of faith, sometimes great to have a faith crisis because it most often brings us closer to God if we keep listening to his voice. But if we get tired of waiting for Gods answer, then the result could be detrimental. A matter of life and death.

    August 5, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  19. Pete

    Say anything about religion and the idiots and pundits swarm, like flies on a dung pile. It is Ms. Rice's choice and perogative believe anything she chooses. So many religions say that the bible is the cornerstone of their faith. However, if you read the book carefully, you will see that most, if not all religions spout a doctrine that is in no way reflected in the bible. The books that Ms. Rice has written are NOVELS. Put down your bible, turn off the idiot box and pick up a dictionary. (Large book, many pages. Filled with definitions) She could say that the moon is made of cheese, that cats are in league with the devil because thier eyes reflect light, or that some old guy built a ship, putting two of everything in it. All of these are the authors imagination.

    August 5, 2010 at 12:24 am |
  20. cinderella

    um.... hey Christian posters.... have you READ Anne Rice??????? it is all that your bible says is mortal sin. I'm not debating god religion whos right or anything like that.... but before you get all preachy...... read her books! her being a devout Christian was so confusing...... I thought she was getting senile.

    August 4, 2010 at 11:44 pm |
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