Giving up on Christianity?

Today’s I decided  to ask a question.  This entry was taken from http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2010/07/30/anne-rice-leaves-christianity/?hpt=Sbin

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.”

Rice then added another post explaining her decision on Thursday:

“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,” 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.”

So my question is Can you give up on ‘Christianity’ and still be a follower of Christ?

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3 thoughts on “Giving up on Christianity?

  1. How can you claim to love Jesus Christ and not love his family (Christians)?

    Well, we can all list people in (and out) of church who are a distinct pain in the *** Not all people who claim to be Christians are truly that: ( “Followers of Jesus the Christ”, people who have realized that their sin has separated them from a Holy God, have repented of their sin and have put their trust in Jesus and followed only Him.)
    So, Great Aunt Sadie has claimed for years to be a Christian and lives like the devil. Guess what, she probably isn’t a Christian!!!

    Then, there is the issue that when a person truly repents of their sin and puts their trust in Jesus, they then start on a journey of changing to become more and more like Jesus.
    It’s a journey folks, not an overnight transformation!

    But more importantly, how can you claim to love and follow Jesus and not follow His teachings? The things Anne Rice says she has a problem leaving like homosexuality, feminism, science and politics are just a smoke screen for a deeper issue. Who are you really following, Jesus, or are you still trying to ‘run the show’ and nothing about you has changed?

    The day that I saw my sin as just that, SIN, and the wall it had created between me and my creator God, repented of my sin (not just a little sorry or weepy ) and was dumbstruck with the gravity of this separation; I was forgiven by God because of what my Jesus had done foe me. Then began the journey for me, the cleaning up of the language and the actions and the thoughts.
    BUT, I didn’t need to journey to the point of agreeing with Jesus. That was an immediate change of heart and mind. That day, that very minute I was aware that all sin was disgusting to God.
    – Loving anyone and anything more than God;
    – using God’s name in flip, foul ways;
    – not stopping in your work to honor and praise God;
    – murder;
    – sex of all kinds outside of marriage (heterosexual and homosexual);
    – telling lies;
    – stealing;
    – wanting what was not yours;
    – being disrespectful to your parents.

    So, if a person can ‘leave Christianity’ perhaps their focus was on the wrong thing all along. People are not the focus, God is. The one true God and not someone’s made up version of God to suit their purpose so they can step in and out and lay the blaime on Christianity.

    Jesus said “Follow Me” He did not say, follow others and then you be the judge according to your compiled set of beliefs.

  2. Hi Tom, I can see you have posted this message a long time ago, but I found it just now searching for the same answer . I love God with all my heart and I am a Christian, but I have been questioning my whole faith and believes recently. I found that Christians can misrepresent Christ and too often they are the reason why people would not believe in Jesus. I have been very much hurt and betrayed by my brothers and sisters myself and find it very hard to trust others now. That’s one of the reasons why I don’t go to church right now, but fellowship with Jesus at home. God bless you .

    • Unfortunately as Christians we are fallible humans and can often get things wrong causing hurt and pain to those around us. And as much as I want this to be different it is a part of life. Everywhere you go people will hurt people. And I agree that many people calling themselves Christians completely and totally misrepresent Christ. The Jesus I see in scripture is not the Jesus I see in most churches I have been to in my life. The best advice I can offer you is to not give up on people or Christ. As Christians we have the ability to minister into peoples lives like no one else can. We just need to be around true disciples of Jesus and allow Him to work in and through us, ministering the life and power of Christ. There are many groups of believers meeting around the world that can offer this. Don’t give up on us all because of a few. A deep lesson I learned years ago is that God will bring healing to our lives often through the methods that hurts us. In this case God uses people to heal the hurts that people cause. Not often the same people. True Christianity is more than believing it is also belonging. There are many who understand what your going through and would be willing to come along side and walk with you through the trials. Which is what true Christians were meant to do. 🙂

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